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Category Archives: Fort Lauderdale Child Custody


How Do Courts Determine Parental Responsibility?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When a married couple has children and decides to divorce, they must establish a custody order with the courts before that dissolution can be finalized. This requires the parents, or a judge, to come up with a plan in which the two parties share not only physical time with their child, but also decision… Read More »


Appealing A Child Custody Ruling

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Divorcing parents are generally encouraged to work together to come up with their own parenting plan, which includes details not only about how the parents will divide physical time with their child, but how they will share responsibility for childcare-related decision making. Reaching such an agreement is not, however, always possible, in which case… Read More »


Terminating Parental Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Parents have certain legal rights when it comes to their children, including the right to visitation. Being a parent, however, also comes with significant legal obligations, including the duty to provide financially for their child. These rights and obligations can’t be violated, but it is possible to void them completely by terminating parental rights…. Read More »


Extended Family Custody Orders

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

No two families are the same, so it makes sense that custody arrangements will also differ depending on a family’s circumstances. It is sometimes, for instance, in a child’s best interests to remain with an extended family member, at least for a period of time. In these cases, it is possible to petition the… Read More »


Creating a Long Distance Time-Sharing Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When it comes to child custody arrangements, Florida courts generally presume that frequent and continuing contact with both parents is usually in a child’s best interests. In many cases, these types of arrangements are relatively simple, as both parents live in the same area, have an amicable relationship, and can easily transport the child… Read More »


Tips on Handling a Child Custody Dispute

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Child custody disputes can be some of the most challenging and emotional experiences of a parent’s life. Fortunately, there are steps that parents can take to increase the likelihood of resolving their issue as quickly and smoothly as possible. Please call our dedicated Fort Lauderdale child custody lawyers to learn more about how you… Read More »


Understanding the Best Interests of a Child

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In recent years, Florida lawmakers began directing courts to avoid using the term child custody, but to instead refer to time-sharing and parental responsibility. In making decisions about the division of parenting time and decision making responsibility, judges were further directed to only approve or create arrangements that would be in a child’s best… Read More »


Avoid These Mistakes in Your Child Custody Case

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Child custody disputes are often challenging, stressful, and emotionally draining, which can create the perfect environment for serious mistakes on the part of those involved. Fortunately, some of the most common child custody errors are actually preventable, making it especially important for those who are engaged in a child custody dispute, to speak with… Read More »


Lawmakers Introduce New Child Custody Bills

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Last month, two bills were introduced by Florida lawmakers that, if passed, would require judges to presume that a 50/50 split between two divorced or separated parents is in the best interests of their children. This change could have a significant impact on custody arrangements in the future, so if you and a former… Read More »


5 Things to Consider When Creating a Child Custody Schedule

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most important advantages of using mediation or arbitration during divorce is the ability of couples with children to come up with a custody schedule that best suits all of the parties’ needs, as well as their lifestyle. Although a court will still need to approve the agreement before it becomes legally… Read More »

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