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Tag Archives: Florida Parental Rights


When do Courts Award Parental Rights to One Party?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, it is generally presumed that divorced parents will share parenting time, as it is thought that encouraging relationships with both parents is in a child’s best interests. Ideally, this would mean that a child would be able to spend roughly equal amounts of time with both parents. For this reason, granting sole… Read More »


Paternity in Florida and Why it Matters

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Across the country, over 40 percent of all childbirths are to unmarried women. With this rising trend, paternity is increasingly becoming something that needs to be established following the birth of a child. In the state of Florida, if a married woman gives birth the law automatically grants paternity to the woman’s husband, however,… Read More »


The Importance of Communicating with a New Stepparent

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Regardless of the reasons for your divorce, it is sometimes difficult to adjust to the idea of your former spouse getting remarried. Watching a newly married couple establish a household and set up their new family unit can be difficult, especially when children are involved. Getting used to a new stepparent is hard for… 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 »

The Link between Paternity and Fraud

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On March 18th, Huffington Post featured an interesting article about the link between paternity tests, family law courts, and fraud. Specifically, the article discussed current issues related to fathers paying child support for children that are not theirs, and, conversely, actual biological fathers being obstructed from having a relationship with their children. The article… Read More »

Child Custody Measure Approved in Florida Senate

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Currently there is tremendous division in the Florida legislature over SB 250, the child custody measure that just passed the state Senate. Some say that it would place women, in particular, at a disadvantage by setting the default to a 50-50 child custody plan and forcing them to hire attorneys, go back to court… Read More »

Supreme Court Favors Lesbian Adoptive Mother’s Visitation Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On December 14th, the United States Supreme Court sided with an adoptive parent who split from her lesbian partner, the birth mother of the three children, in restoring her visitation rights. In doing so, the court stayed a decision made by the Alabama Supreme Court, which refused to recognize the woman’s adoption of the… Read More »

Litigation Shifts Policies on Paid Leave for Dads

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Fathers are—more and more—insisting that they have a right to paid parental leave and demanding it, pointing out that it is arguably discriminatory to offer a certain amount of paid leave to biological mothers but not fathers. By challenging these distinctions legally with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, more and more companies are switching… Read More »

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