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Criminal Convictions and Visitation Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A family’s situation changes over time, even after divorce, so it is not uncommon for custody arrangements to go through some modifications as well. In many cases, these modifications are made by the parties themselves because one of the parents got a new job in a different city or one of the party’s financial… Read More »


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 »

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 »

What Is Considered Kidnapping Your Own Child In Florida?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Child custody and visitation rules and orders can be confusing, especially if one parent’s circumstances have changed and they’d like to adjust the visitation schedule established by the court. And yet, if one parent violates an existing custody order without going through the proper legal channels, they can be accused of kidnapping their own… Read More »

Courts Increasingly Allowing Use of Social Media In Child Custody Cases

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Recently there have been numerous child custody battles whereby the judge has decided to allow one party to use pages from the other party’s Facebook page as evidence—even information that was privately (not publicly) posted. In one case, the information was used to argue that the child’s mother was frequently out of state while… 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 »

How Lack of Paid Maternity Leave Worsens Inequality

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

As many have seen covered in news headlines recently, America is one of only three countries in the world that does not guarantee paid time off for new parents, as an estimated 13 percent of workers have access to paid leave through their employers. This results in many women only taking two weeks or… Read More »

Termination of Parental Rights

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The law, in general, favors keeping families united. This is especially true in Florida, where the courts use “time-sharing” arrangements instead of “child custody” when it comes to children spending time with parents who do not live together. Thus, parental rights may only be terminated pursuant to very specific circumstances, such as: When Parents… Read More »

Florida’s “Best Interest of the Child” Standard

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The general legal standard in child custody battles typically involves the court asking what is in the best interest of the child. Under this standard, custody battles can get messy, with each parent sometimes accusing the other of poor parenting and even more serious allegations, such as child negligence or sexual abuse. According to… Read More »

What is a Guardian Ad Litem, and What Role Does It Play in Child-Related Disputes?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The guardian ad litem program in Florida trains individuals to represent the child’s best interests (as a fair and impartial third party) when both parties (parents) cannot resolve a dispute. While appointed by the judge, either party can also request that the court appoint a guardian ad litem. Florida state law refers to this… Read More »

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