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What to Expect During a Contested Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The average couple hopes to have a mutually beneficial uncontested divorce. In this situation, both parties are able to agree on all major issues, or are able to reach an understanding on difficult topics without intervention. Uncontested divorces are usually easier for all parties involved and require less financial resources since a lawyer typically… Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption in the State of Florida?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In the state of Florida, adoption is governed by Florida statute Chapter 63. Who Can Adopt Pursuant to Florida Statute? Who may adopt  a child in Florida is controlled by Florida statute 63.042. This includes the following people: An unmarried adult; A husband and wife together; or A married person without the other spouse… Read More »

Divorce & Social Security Spousal Benefits: What Might Surprise You

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many people assume that, once they divorce, they couldn’t possibly claim spousal benefits on their ex-partner’s earnings. However, that isn’t necessarily true; in some circumstances, you can claim spousal benefits after divorce, even if your ex has remarried. There are a number of factors involved in determining whether one can continue to claim spousal… 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 »

What Getting Divorced Can Teach Us about Money

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Sometimes reading about people’s personal experiences after divorce can help us realize that, although the prospect of splitting from your partner can seem daunting, it can also end up making you both stronger and wiser. One particular piece recently published in Refinery29 does just this; it explores how one woman’s journey into financial independence… Read More »

“In Loco Parentis” Decision Leaves Many Surprised

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A Pennsylvania appellate court made a decision recently that shocked many biological parents, especially those who assumed that their wishes for their child would always trump the wishes of someone who is technically unrelated to the child. Specifically, the court held that the mother’s former partner should be granted partial custody (one weekend per… Read More »

Divorce Can Be a Good Thing

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A recent survey demonstrated some interesting perspectives that Americans have about divorce and commitment. It also generated some enlightening responses. Specifically, while polling shows that Americans have demonstrated an increasing acceptance of things like birth control, premarital sex, abortion, single motherhood, etc., it also shows that while they are fine with divorce, they are… Read More »

When Rape Victims Are Burdened By Having To Share Child Custody

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many people do not realize that child custody laws often work against women who are the victims of rape in America. Specifically, in 15 states, there is still no law in place terminating a rapist’s parental rights, and in the 35 states where there is a law in place, most first require that a… Read More »

Florida Senator Trying To Overhaul Alimony and Custody Laws…Again

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

State Senator Tom Lee is once again (and for the third time) trying to change the state laws governing alimony and child custody. On September 10, he filed SB 250 for consideration in 2016. This bill would alter certain aspects of divorce proceedings in state courts, specifically: Making It More Difficult To Receive Spousal… Read More »

Is Paternity Leave Legally Required?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A recent New York Times piece looking at the corporate culture at Amazon.com noted that the company does not offer paid paternity leave even though the competition does. For example, Netflix recently announced that it is offering one year of paid paternity leave to their employees. The reaction has been one of shock from… Read More »

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