Category Archives: Fort Lauderdale Family Law
What Evidence Can I Use to Satisfy the Best Interests of the Child Standard?
When making decisions about child custody, Florida courts are required to evaluate what kind of arrangement would be in a child’s best interests. Fortunately, there are a number of factors, contained in Florida’s statutes, that provide guidance on what kinds of things a court will take into consideration when making these important determinations. Having… Read More »
The Right of First Refusal in a Child Custody Case
The specific terms of a parenting plan will depend on the circumstances of the parties involved, as well as what type of arrangement is deemed to be in a child’s best interests. There are, however, some provisions that tend to crop up again and again in parenting plans, regardless of the parties’ circumstances, one… Read More »
Establishing a Temporary Custody Agreement
For some families, the best custody arrangement for a child, at least in the short-term, involves residing with an extended family member rather than a parent. This type of arrangement isn’t unheard of in Florida, where courts regularly grant what is referred to as temporary custody, in which a relative besides a parent is… Read More »
Frequently Asked Questions About Florida’s Family Law Financial Affidavit
Legally ending a marriage requires couples to divulge a wide range of information about their lives, including details about their finances. To make this process easier and to ensure that parties fully disclose their assets and debts, Florida law requires that all divorcing couples complete a financial affidavit. Leaving something off of a financial… Read More »
What to Include in Your Long Distance Parenting Plan
When it comes to child custody, Florida courts are generally in favor of creating a schedule that allows a child to continue building a strong relationship with both parents. This is often a relatively simple task in cases where two parents have an amicable relationship and live near each other. It can, however, become… Read More »
What Evidence Can be Used to Determine the Best Interests of a Child?
When addressing parenting plans and time sharing schedules, courts are primarily guided by what would be in the child’s best interests. While this may seem like an ambiguous standard, Florida lawmakers have provided guidelines that courts must take into consideration when assessing what would be in a specific child’s best interests. These factors, however,… Read More »
The Importance of Creating a Workable Parenting Plan
Couples with children who decide to get divorced need a parenting plan that works, which means that it puts the kids first, but also addresses the parties’ realistic schedules and enables both individuals to parent effectively while apart. This should be the focus and goal of all couples while they attempt to establish parenting… Read More »
Filing a Temporary Motion for Time Sharing
Conflicts in family court can take many months to resolve, so it is not uncommon for courts to issue a temporary custody order for the remainder of a case. Once the formal divorce proceedings are completed, the couple’s court ordered parenting plan will go into effect. Because divorce proceedings can go on for a… Read More »
How to Set Aside a Prenuptial Agreement
While many couples later regret that they did not enter into a prenuptial agreement before getting married, others find themselves wishing that they had not acquiesced to such an agreement. This is especially true for parties who realize that they were taken advantage of during negotiations, weren’t represented by an attorney, or were not… Read More »
Can Extended Family Members Request Temporary Custody of a Child?
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 »