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Retroactive Child Support

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Just because a couple with children gets divorced, does not mean that they relinquish any of their parental rights and obligations. For instance, in Florida, both parents are held financially responsible for the care and well-being of their children. This means that parents with primary custody are entitled to receive child support payments from… Read More »

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Moving Out of the Family Home After Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the earliest questions that couples must deal with when going through a divorce is who will remain in the family home. This issue can become extremely contentious, as both spouses most likely have the right to remain in the home, especially if they are listed on the lease or mortgage. Fortunately, many… Read More »

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Terminating Parental Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The law recognizes the special relationship that exists between parents and their children. For this reason, parental rights to visitation are strictly enforced, as are parental obligations, which includes paying child support. However, parental rights are not absolute, so courts have the power to remove them under certain circumstances. Similarly, parents can voluntarily relinquish… Read More »

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Factors Used to Decide Time-Sharing Arrangements

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most difficult issues that divorcing couples with children must face is coming to an agreement on time-sharing responsibilities. When disputes cause out-of-court negotiations to come to a standstill, courts must step in and create a parenting plan. In making this type of important decision, judges are primarily led by what is… Read More »

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Paternal Rights for Sperm Donors

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Parents in same-sex relationships still face many legal hurdles that heterosexual couples do not have to deal with, so it is not uncommon for same-sex parents to have concerns about their parental rights if a donor was involved in their child’s conception. Although this is still an evolving area of the law, a New… Read More »

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What is a Guardian ad Litem?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While many couples are able to reach out-of-court divorce settlements regarding issues like child custody or visitation, or are otherwise able to amicably dissolve their marriages, this is not always possible. This can have serious consequences when a couple’s child is caught in the crossfire, so in an effort to avoid this, courts are… Read More »

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Preventable Mistakes During Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

No two divorces are the same, so it can be difficult to prepare for all issues and events that could arise during the proceedings. There are, however, a few steps that divorcing parties can take to avoid otherwise preventable mistakes. To learn more about how to help your own divorce go as smoothly as… Read More »

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Who Pays for a Child’s Healthcare Costs After Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When courts calculate how much child support a non-custodial parent should pay, it takes into consideration a number of factors, including both parties’ income and who will be responsible for providing healthcare insurance. If you have questions or concerns about who will pay for your own child’s medical expenses after your divorce is finalized,… Read More »

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Financial Disclosures in Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When a couple decides to get a divorce in Florida, they are required to divide their marital property in an equitable fashion. Similarly, those with children who decide to dissolve their marriage will need to come to an agreement regarding child custody and visitation. Unfortunately, these tasks are difficult for many couples, especially those… Read More »

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Federal Government May Begin Collecting Child Support Data

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In 1995, Congress enacted the Family Support Act, in which they charged Florida, along with all other states in the nation, with monitoring child support orders and payment compliance. However, a recent budget proposal from the White House indicated that this state-level monitoring system could be replaced with one directed by the federal government,… Read More »

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