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Why You Should Consider Including Natural Disaster-Related Custody Provisions in Your Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

As Florida makes its way firmly into hurricane season, residents across the state are reassessing their emergency plans, stocking up on supplies, and boarding up their homes. Parents who share custody of their children, in addition to taking these steps, may also want to reassess their parenting plans and visitation arrangements to ensure that… Read More »

ParentPlan

Don’t Forget to Include These Important Details in Your Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, all divorcing couples who share minor children are required to create a parenting plan detailing how parenting time and decision making responsibility will be divided between the parties upon dissolution of their marriage. In fact, a divorce will only be finalized when these plans are approved by the courts, so if… Read More »

FatherDaughter

Is Joint Custody Presumed to be Better for a Child?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Generally, Florida courts view arrangements in which divorced parents share responsibility for and time with their child as being in a child’s best interests. For this reason, most judges opt for shared custody arrangements when tasked with creating a parenting plan for a divorcing couple. However, these types of arrangements are not always in… Read More »

FatherDaughter

Tips for Creating a Successful Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, couples with children who decide to get divorced must determine how they will divide responsibility for childcare-related decision making and parenting time. Many couples opt for a plan that allows them to co-parent, as facilitating meaningful contact between a child and both of his or her parents is usually deemed to be… Read More »

BirdNest

Is a Birdnesting Arrangement Right for My Family?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While divorce is often difficult for all members of a family, children tend to have the hardest time adapting to post-divorce life. Fortunately, there are a few different ways that parents can help ease their children into the changes that a divorce entails. One of these methods is known as birdnesting and involves allowing… Read More »

TimeShare

Including Virtual Visitation in Your Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Recent advancements in technology have made it easier than ever for parents to keep in contact with their children through a trend commonly known as virtual visitation. Virtual visitation involves the use of technology by non-custodial parents to speak with their children when they cannot be physically with them. Although courts have warned against… Read More »

MotherDaughter

Can My Children Testify During My Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce for couples with children is coming up with a child custody arrangement. In many cases, the parties are able to work out a compromise and do not need court intervention, while in others, a child’s parents may ask the court to leave the issue up to… Read More »

FatherDaughter

Right of First Refusal

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Our day to day lives rarely go according to plan. For this reason, Florida family law courts created something known as the right of first refusal, which applies when one parent is unable to care for a child during a scheduled visit. In these cases, the parent with the conflict must first ask the… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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