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Florida Same-Sex Couple Uses Adoption Process to Obtain Equal Child Custody Benefits

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On July 11th, The Ledger featured a story highlighting a same-sex couple relying on the Florida state adoption process in order to ensure that both parents had equal custody rights with respect to their child. While this strikes many people as unfair–given that a heterosexual married couple does not require a father to do… Read More »

Florida Takes Steps to Facilitate International Adoptions

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida just took huge steps in helping facilitate international adoptions by jump starting a program to help provide families with medical care before and after they adopt a child, with a focus on providing very specific care for children who are adopted from outside the United States. This will… Read More »

Editorial: Marriage Equality Should Apply To Child Custody

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

An editorial published on June 28th highlights the challenges that many same-sex couples continue to face when it comes to child custody and adoption, in spite of last year’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality. Specifically, it draws attention to the blatant discrimination that married same-sex couples who have a child by… Read More »

International Family Law Conference Ponders Denying Child Custody to Smokers

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In what has recently received attention around the country, on May 23rd, speakers at the North American Regional Conference of the International Society for Family Law in Washington, D.C. proposed several controversial ideas: namely, in order to combat second-hand smoking in children, deprive parents who smoke parental rights, and require emergency room physicians to… Read More »

The Importance of Parenting Plans

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many couples getting a divorce are told that separating their children/custody and money/financial settlements is a wise decision, necessitating two separate processes and/or mediators to work with them on these agreements. Especially for parents who have decided to split custody 50/50, this kind of arrangement can help ensure that children and custody issues are… Read More »

Do Siblings Have Visitation Rights?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Sibling visitation rights are a tricky subject because while courts emphasize that the best interests of the child is what matters most, siblings do not have constitutionally-protected parental rights (because they aren’t parents); thus, any sibling that is seeking visitation rights with other siblings against the wishes of one or both parents is a… Read More »

Mortgage Options during Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most stressful decisions that has to be dealt with during divorce is what to do about the mortgage because it is such a major asset for both individuals involved. To that end, the magazine Money recently offered advice on how to ensure that it is handled correctly: Selling Your Home Many… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds LGBT Adoption

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On March 7th, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that denied parental rights to a lesbian adoptive mother. The couple had conceived three children over the 16-year span of their relationship, where one was the biological mother and the other the adoptive mother. The final adoption decree, as administered… Read More »

Florida Adoption Changes Sent To Governor

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A measure that passed the Florida House on March 2, 2016, and the state Senate last month, has now headed to the governor to sign. The proposal–SB 590–would effectively allow judges to place the best interest of the child above their biological parents in some adoption cases. Specifically, Florida is in a state of… Read More »

New Study Reveals Women Should Advocate For Paternity Leave

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A new study just released by the Peterson Institute for International Economics—titled “Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey”–has been making headlines for a reason—and an unexpected reason, at that. The study found that, in countries that offer generous paternity leave, women are better able to obtain leadership positions and promotions in… Read More »

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