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Tag Archives: Parental Rights

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 »

What Is Emancipation Of A Minor? Can It Affect Child Support?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Each state (including Florida) provides for a process by which children can become legally independent of their parents (also known as “emancipation”). When a child is legally designated as independent, it can affect some of the parents’ legal obligations as well, for example, child support payments. Typically, emancipation takes place by a child growing… 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 »

Paternity Rights in Florida Adoption Proceedings

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Paternity proceedings provide rights and benefits to a child’s mother, father, and the child as well. Some of these benefits include child support, birth certificate information, potential insurance benefits, medical history information, etc. They also protect important custody and visitation rights. The Paternity Process If the mother is married, the law assumes the father… Read More »

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