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Can Extended Family Members Request Temporary Custody of a Child?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

There are a wide range of circumstances under which a child could find him or herself in the care of an extended family member, like a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or stepparent. While these arrangements may start out as informal, some families may want to consider making the arrangement official, as this gives the… Read More »

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Can I Ask the Court to Change My Alimony Order if My Finances Have Changed?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the health, personal lives, and finances of millions of U.S. residents, many of whom live in Florida. Financial uncertainty in particular, can have particularly serious repercussions for those responsible for extra expenses, such as alimony payments. Fortunately, courts are willing to modify an alimony award in the… Read More »

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Contempt of Court Proceedings

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Child custody orders, spousal maintenance awards, and child support orders are legally binding, which means that those who fail to abide by their terms could face serious consequences, including being held in contempt of court. If a person fails to comply with a court order, initiating contempt of court proceedings may be the wronged… Read More »

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Will My Stimulus Check be Garnished to Pay Back Child Support?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

COVID-19 has changed the world for parents everywhere, including those who were already divorced or separated when the outbreak occurred. While the pandemic has wreaked havoc on all of our lives, separated parents often face additional hurdles, including the need to grapple with changing parenting time schedules and the effect of a potential job… Read More »

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Self-Isolation Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic Could Trigger Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Millions of people across Florida and the country as a whole are self-isolating due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19. This has proven to be a radical disruption in the lives of many, especially those who have young children, have become ill, or who have experienced job loss. These pressures, in addition to… Read More »

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Can I Stop My Child from Seeing Her Other Parent During Quarantine?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While family courts have generally stated that existing custody orders should be followed during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of variables that could make staying with one parent over another (in violation of a parenting time plan), in the child’s best interests. This means that while a parent should not prevent his… Read More »

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Your Rights During Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Individuals have a number of specific rights when going through the divorce process. Being aware of and understanding these rights can only benefit those who are involved in divorce proceedings, so if you live in Florida and recently decided to end your marriage, you should speak with an experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney who… Read More »

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What to do if Your Spouse Isn’t Paying Household Bills During Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When a couple goes through a divorce, a certain amount of uncertainty and change is inevitable. Certain things, however, including the regularity of continued monthly bills and payments, should remain the same. A failure to cover these bills can have serious financial consequences, as divorce proceedings can be lengthy, so if you are unable… Read More »

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Why You Should Consider Including a Contingency Plan in Your Parenting Arrangement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Even the most prepared parent could fail to plan for certain eventualities when drafting a parenting plan. Few parents, for instance, were prepared for a worldwide pandemic that would result in school closures and stay-at-home orders across the country. It is possible, however, to include contingency plans in parenting agreements that can help parents… Read More »

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How do Bonuses and Benefits Impact a Florida Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Going through a divorce requires that the parties involved confront a number of financial issues, including property division and alimony. For those whose income is tied to something besides base pay, such as bonuses and commissions, contending with these matters can prove especially challenging, so if you and your spouse have decided to end… Read More »

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