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Tag Archives: Parenting Plans

New Study on Spanking Children: Will It Affect Timesharing Decisions?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

New research suggests that the more children get spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and experience anti-social, aggressive behavior, as well as mental health problems and cognitive difficulties. Given that this is now published as science, could this end up having an effect on what a court views as abusive… Read More »

Is Parental Alienation A Problem Today?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Following divorce and sometimes contentious child custody disputes, parental alienation—where one parent poisons the child against the other parent—has grown to become such a serious issue that programs have now been developed to try and help parents actively work to avoid this phenomenon while moving forward in raising their children. Research has found that… Read More »

How Social Media Is Affecting Divorce, Child Custody, and Other Family Law Issues

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While most of us have become reliant on modern technology, cell phones, and all the conveniences that come with them—texting, social media, etc.—it is important to note that there is another side to using social media, especially if you are considering obtaining or are already involved in a divorce. More specifically, emails, text messages,… Read More »

The Importance of Parenting Plans

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many couples getting a divorce are told that separating their children/custody and money/financial settlements is a wise decision, necessitating two separate processes and/or mediators to work with them on these agreements. Especially for parents who have decided to split custody 50/50, this kind of arrangement can help ensure that children and custody issues are… 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 »

How Do You Know If Your Custody Agreement Is Appropriate?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The Huffington Post recently did a feature on couples that separate or divorced over the summer and are now having to adjust to their custody schedule for their child’s school year. While many couples find that adjustments are needed to their agreement as time goes on, there are some general guidelines provided in the… Read More »

Parental Alienation and Child Custody

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Recently, certain child custody cases that have made the headlines have brought scrutiny to the concept of parental alienation, and what role the courts should play where children have a very clear preference for how they spend their time with separated parents. Judges forcing children, against their will, to spend time with one parent… 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 »

Should I Move Out Of My Home?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A family’s home is often the most difficult asset to address during divorce proceedings because of the value that it holds to each family member. However, if you are dealing with separation or divorce, you must be careful about your activities with respect to your home to ensure that your rights are protected throughout… Read More »

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