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FatherSon

Rights of Biological Fathers Reassessed in Groundbreaking Case

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Florida law has long held that a child born into an intact marriage is presumed to be the biological child of the mother’s husband. However, a recently issued ruling from the Florida Supreme Court struck down this decades-old rule, which could mean that biological fathers of children born to women who are married to… Read More »

DivDecr

Does Florida Recognize My Foreign Divorce Decree?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Most of those who are married in the U.S. and later decide to dissolve that union, file for divorce in the same country where they were married. However, this is not always the case, especially in situations where one of the spouses lives abroad. Fortunately, it is possible to file for divorce in another… Read More »

FamCourt

Financial Disclosures in Family Law Matters

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When couples file for divorce or are involved in a dispute regarding their children, the parties are required to exchange certain financial information. Knowing which documentation must be submitted can be difficult, so if you want to ensure that you comply with all court rules regarding financial disclosures, you should consider retaining an experienced… Read More »

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Legal Separation in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In most states, when a couple wants to end a marriage, they have three options, namely: divorce, annulment, and separation. Unfortunately, Florida law doesn’t actually recognize legal separation, which can prove troublesome for couples who don’t qualify for annulment and don’t want to get divorced for religious, financial, or personal reasons. There are, however,… Read More »

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When do Courts Award Parental Rights to One Party?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, it is generally presumed that divorced parents will share parenting time, as it is thought that encouraging relationships with both parents is in a child’s best interests. Ideally, this would mean that a child would be able to spend roughly equal amounts of time with both parents. For this reason, granting sole… Read More »

Custody

How to Successfully Co-Parent

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While ex-spouses may harbor resentment towards each other, it’s usually in a family’s best interests for the parties to put these personal feelings aside and instead focus on the needs of their children. Although co-parenting can be challenging, it is well worth the trouble, as it is one of the best ways to ensure… Read More »

ParentPlan

Developing a Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most difficult aspects of many divorces is determining how parenting time and decision making responsibility will be divided. In fact, coming up with a time sharing schedule is not optional in Florida, but is required by law and is referred to as a parenting plan. Parenting plans are binding contracts that… Read More »

Annulment

The Differences Between Divorce and Annulment

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While most people are familiar with the concept of divorce, few are aware of how it differs from an annulment. This is an important distinction, as seeking an annulment is often much easier than obtaining a divorce, so if you were recently married and have questions about whether you qualify for an annulment, it… Read More »

DivMoney

Don’t Forget These Assets During Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is property division. Even when a couple generally agrees on who will retain which asset, the process can still be difficult, as it requires accounting and identifying all marital and non-marital assets and obtaining appraisals. While most divorcing couples don’t forget to include bank accounts, real… Read More »

Grandparents

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in Florida?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Up until a few years ago, it was almost impossible for grandparents to obtain visitation of their grandchildren if the child’s parents were divorced. In 2015, however, the Florida Legislature passed a law that specifically provides for grandparent visitation in certain situations. Unfortunately, despite the enactment of these changes, it is still an uphill… Read More »

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