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Right of First Refusal

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Our day to day lives rarely go according to plan. For this reason, Florida family law courts created something known as the right of first refusal, which applies when one parent is unable to care for a child during a scheduled visit. In these cases, the parent with the conflict must first ask the… Read More »


Parental Alienation

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While many families are able to weather divorce proceedings without causing any irreparable damage to the relationship between parent and child, this is not always the case. In fact, some parents go out of their way to harm the relationship between their child and his or her other parent. When tactics reach a certain… 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 »

“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 »

Governor Scott Vetoes Changes to Alimony and Child Custody in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On April 15th, Governor Rick Scott vetoed the controversial family law proposal that would have forced judges to use a specific formula in calculating alimony (entirely based on number of years of marriage and combined incomes), and would have eliminated permanent alimony entirely. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the proposal was the last-minute… Read More »

“How to Co-Parent after Divorce”

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Fortunately, the last 40 years of psychological research that has been published concerning children who come from divorce has revealed that, in fact, it is healthier for children to grow up around two happy, loving parents that are divorced than in a home with two married parents embroiled in conflict. Specifically, 75 to 80… 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 »

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 »

Some Say Florida’s Child Custody Bill Is Bad for Children

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Another piece of legislation up for a vote this session calls for mandatory 50-50 child custody splits, requiring children to spend equal time with both parents. However, many say this could place both mothers and children at risk, and the critics include judges, who echo concerns that custody decisions are currently made based on… Read More »

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