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Category Archives: Family Law

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Terminating Parental Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The law recognizes the special relationship that exists between parents and their children. For this reason, parental rights to visitation are strictly enforced, as are parental obligations, which includes paying child support. However, parental rights are not absolute, so courts have the power to remove them under certain circumstances. Similarly, parents can voluntarily relinquish… Read More »

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Factors Used to Decide Time-Sharing Arrangements

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most difficult issues that divorcing couples with children must face is coming to an agreement on time-sharing responsibilities. When disputes cause out-of-court negotiations to come to a standstill, courts must step in and create a parenting plan. In making this type of important decision, judges are primarily led by what is… Read More »

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Paternal Rights for Sperm Donors

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Parents in same-sex relationships still face many legal hurdles that heterosexual couples do not have to deal with, so it is not uncommon for same-sex parents to have concerns about their parental rights if a donor was involved in their child’s conception. Although this is still an evolving area of the law, a New… Read More »

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What is a Guardian ad Litem?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While many couples are able to reach out-of-court divorce settlements regarding issues like child custody or visitation, or are otherwise able to amicably dissolve their marriages, this is not always possible. This can have serious consequences when a couple’s child is caught in the crossfire, so in an effort to avoid this, courts are… Read More »

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Who Pays for a Child’s Healthcare Costs After Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When courts calculate how much child support a non-custodial parent should pay, it takes into consideration a number of factors, including both parties’ income and who will be responsible for providing healthcare insurance. If you have questions or concerns about who will pay for your own child’s medical expenses after your divorce is finalized,… Read More »

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Federal Government May Begin Collecting Child Support Data

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In 1995, Congress enacted the Family Support Act, in which they charged Florida, along with all other states in the nation, with monitoring child support orders and payment compliance. However, a recent budget proposal from the White House indicated that this state-level monitoring system could be replaced with one directed by the federal government,… Read More »

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Is Virtual Visitation Right for My Family?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In prior decades, divorcing couples were limited as to the types of custody arrangements that they could implement. For instance, physical custody was often the only option for parents, which could prove difficult when one party lived out of state. Fortunately, recent advances in technology have made it possible for parents to use virtual… Read More »

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The Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although it may not seem like a very romantic gesture, it is often in a couple’s best interest to execute a prenuptial agreement before getting married. This is especially true for couples in certain situations, so if you are getting married and are thinking about drafting a prenuptial agreement, you should consider speaking with… Read More »

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How to Ensure that Your Inheritance Remains Separate Property

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In most cases, any property obtained by a couple after marriage is considered to be a marital asset. There are, however, exceptions to this rule. For instance, certain gifts and inheritances received by one spouse during a marriage often remain separate property and so remain in the sole possession of the original owner. The… Read More »

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Who Gets the Family Pet in a Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although many states have passed legislation that specifically applies to pet custody during divorce, the Florida Legislature has not done so. This means that under the law, pets are still considered to be property, which means that, like the rest of a couple’s marital assets, they are also subject to equitable division. Fortunately, couples… Read More »

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