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What to Include in Your Long Distance Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

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 »

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What Evidence Can be Used to Determine the Best Interests of a Child?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

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 »

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The Importance of Creating a Workable Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

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 »

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Filing a Temporary Motion for Time Sharing

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

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 »

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How to Set Aside a Prenuptial Agreement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

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 »

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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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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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Important Issues to Address in Your Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Dividing time between two different households following a divorce can require a significant adjustment for parents, as well as their children. This transition can be made much simpler through the creation of a detailed parenting plan. Although parenting plans can address any number of childcare-related issues, there are a few important matters that should… Read More »

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Shared Parental Responsibility in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Florida couples who share children and who decide to separate or dissolve their marriages are required to submit a parenting plan to the court before a custody award or divorce will be finalized. Parenting plans govern time-sharing and the division of parental responsibility, two different, but equally important custody matters, as the former refers… Read More »

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Enforcing Property Awards After Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Concluding a divorce proceeding ultimately results in the issuance of a final judgment, or legal order, that covers matters related to property division, alimony, and child custody if applicable. When it comes to property division, most divorce decrees direct the parties to follow specific procedures regarding property transfers. These judgements are court orders, so… Read More »

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