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Legal Separation in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In most states, when a couple wants to end a marriage, they have three options, namely: divorce, annulment, and separation. Unfortunately, Florida law doesn’t actually recognize legal separation, which can prove troublesome for couples who don’t qualify for annulment and don’t want to get divorced for religious, financial, or personal reasons. There are, however,… Read More »

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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 »

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Developing a Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most difficult aspects of many divorces is determining how parenting time and decision making responsibility will be divided. In fact, coming up with a time sharing schedule is not optional in Florida, but is required by law and is referred to as a parenting plan. Parenting plans are binding contracts that… Read More »

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Why it is Important to Establish Paternity

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, when a couple is married, any children born during that union are presumed to be the biological offspring of the mother’s husband. The issue of establishing paternity becomes much more difficult, however, when a child’s parents are not married. In these cases, the alleged father must go through a series of… Read More »

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How Parenting Plans Can Protect Your Child’s Best Interests

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, family law courts will not grant a divorce to a couple with children until a parenting plan has been put in place. These plans, which include arrangements for parenting time and decision making, are intended to encourage frequent and continuing contact between parents and their children, especially after the divorce is finalized…. Read More »

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Can I Relocate with My Child After Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Once a couple divorces, major life changes, like starting a new job or relocating, become much more difficult, especially if children are involved. Courts are primarily interested in the best interests of a couple’s children, so even if one parent has been offered a much better job in another city or out of state,… Read More »

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Factors Used to Decide Time-Sharing Arrangements

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most difficult issues that divorcing couples with children must face is coming to an agreement on time-sharing responsibilities. When disputes cause out-of-court negotiations to come to a standstill, courts must step in and create a parenting plan. In making this type of important decision, judges are primarily led by what is… Read More »

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Paternal Rights for Sperm Donors

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Parents in same-sex relationships still face many legal hurdles that heterosexual couples do not have to deal with, so it is not uncommon for same-sex parents to have concerns about their parental rights if a donor was involved in their child’s conception. Although this is still an evolving area of the law, a New… Read More »

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Is Virtual Visitation Right for My Family?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In prior decades, divorcing couples were limited as to the types of custody arrangements that they could implement. For instance, physical custody was often the only option for parents, which could prove difficult when one party lived out of state. Fortunately, recent advances in technology have made it possible for parents to use virtual… Read More »

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The Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although it may not seem like a very romantic gesture, it is often in a couple’s best interest to execute a prenuptial agreement before getting married. This is especially true for couples in certain situations, so if you are getting married and are thinking about drafting a prenuptial agreement, you should consider speaking with… Read More »

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