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Could A Virtual Visitation Arrangement Be Right For Your Family?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Virtual visitation is a form of visitation in which parents can use technology to facilitate communication and interaction with their children, regardless of physical separation or geographic distance. Incorporating this type of arrangement into a formal parenting plan, or even into a less formal co-parenting arrangement has a number of benefits. Read on to… Read More »


Filing An Emergency Custody Order In Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, if a parent believes that a child is in imminent physical danger, is being abused, or is at risk of being unlawfully removed from the state, then he or she can file an emergency custody order, seeking full custody of the child. If granted, the other parent’s visitation will be restricted,… Read More »


Can Children Testify During Divorce Proceedings?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Family law cases tend to take an emotional toll on those involved. This is especially true for children, who may not fully grasp the implications of divorce or child custody proceedings. To help protect children from being exposed to the stresses of litigation, Florida law strictly limits the use of child testimony during family… Read More »


Important Things To Remember When Co-Parenting This Summer

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While many children breathe a sigh of relief when summer rolls around and the school year officially ends, many co-parents find these months difficult to navigate. Without a set school schedule and with children perhaps wishing to go to summer camps, both parents may be trying to set up separate family vacations, which can… Read More »


Long-Distance Parenting Requires A Communication Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

It’s not always possible for two divorced parents to live near each other. Work, poor health, or other family relationships could leave two parents forced to engage in long-distance parenting. Fortunately, it’s easier now than it has ever been to stay connected to and in regular communication with a child, even when a parent… Read More »


What Is Shared Parental Responsibility?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, lawmakers started moving away from terms like “custody” a few years ago, instead opting for the assignment of parenting time and parental responsibility. While the former refers to the time that children actually spend with each parent, the latter involves how decision-making responsibility for a child will be shared by his or… Read More »


What To Know About Parenting Coordination In Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Divorce can be emotionally grueling for the parties involved, especially for a couple’s children, who may not fully grasp how and why their lives are about to change. Because it is not possible to fully shelter children from custody and parenting time issues, Florida lawmakers instituted a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) called… Read More »


When Can A Co-Parent See Your Child’s Medical Records?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, both of a child’s parents have the legal right to access information and records related to that child. This includes the right to look at medical and school records and to speak with a child’s doctor or teacher about the child’s well-being or development. The only way to keep another parent… Read More »


Could A Change In My Schedule Justify A Parenting Plan Modification?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

It’s not uncommon for parents to experience a change in their work or personal schedules that necessitates a modification in their custody arrangements. In fact, this happens all the time, especially as children grow and their own needs change. At the end of the day, whether a judge will permit a family to make… Read More »


Tips For Developing A Parenting Plan For A Toddler

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Co-parenting a toddler after divorce comes with its own set of specific challenges, but it is worth it for parents to contend with these challenges so that they can be fully involved with raising their child. This is especially important when a child is in his or her toddler years, as children undergo rapid… Read More »

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