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Broward County Family Law Blog

What factors impact grandparents' rights?

The issue of custody, visitation and the rights of grandparents may be an important concern for many families, grandparents and parents. The laws concerning grandparents' rights vary by state so it is important to be familiar with the laws in your state if grandparents' rights are a concern of yours. Many families, grandparents and parents may wonder what grandparents' rights are and under what circumstances grandparents may have custody or visitation rights. Conditions differ based on custody or visitation requests.

How divorce mediation may help during divorce

The divorce process can be challenging, and it can be especially so if there are children from the marriage. Each couple, family and divorce is unique. Divorcing couples share families, friends and finances, so the process of dividing property and developing child support and child custody agreements can seem overwhelming. It is important to focus on the fact that the family law legal process provides resources for families to help them navigate the divorce process based on what is best for them, and that a variety of different types of professionals are also available to help.

Former Miami basketball player's child support is modified

Child support modifications are an important part of the family law process for many parents and families. A former Miami Heat basketball player was recently granted lower child support payments after claiming he is nearly broke. The player earned an estimate $35 million during his NBA career. The former player played for 15 years, including for the Lakers, in addition to the Heat. A woman filed a paternity suit against the player in a South Florida court in 2010. The woman worked for Broward County and was able to obtain $1,500 a month in child support from the basketball player, who was married at the time.

The process for challenging paternity

Determining paternity is important for a number of reasons, including the fact that the father of the child has a responsibility to support it, but also may have the right to be part of the child's upbringing. Establishing paternity also gives the child access to the father's medical history, which can be important to the child and the child's family. In some instances, it may be necessary to challenge paternity, and either the mother or the father of the child can challenge paternity, such as in the circumstance when paternity fraud may be believed.

What Floridians should know about spousal support

Spousal support, or alimony, may be a primary concern in a divorce. It should not be confused with child support, which is awarded on behalf of a minor child. Generally, spousal support is based on one spouse's need and the other's ability to pay. In addition, spousal support may be awarded on a permanent basis in certain circumstances. At its most basic level, spousal support is a payment from one spouse to another spouse, commonly to the spouse that is lower wage earning or non-wage earning, especially if that spouse forewent career opportunities to enrich the marriage, such as to raise children or be a homemaker.

How can a prenuptial agreement help Floridians?

While marriage is based on a loving relationship two people share, it is also a legal and contractual commitment that can have financial, as well as other, impacts. A prenuptial agreement, or premarital agreement, can protect both spouses entering the marriage, and can have a number of important benefits. At the outset, it is important to keep in mind that there are certain requirements for a valid prenuptial agreement, and requirements can vary by state which is why it is important to know the laws for a valid prenuptial agreement in your state.

Florida man given adoption papers by stepdaughter for birthday

A Florida man recently received adoption papers for his 53rd birthday from his 22-year old stepdaughter. The man received the legal papers along with a pen for his birthday gift this year. At first, he thought it was a joke, and then realized what his stepdaughter's gift to him meant and asked her if he was adopting her. His stepdaughter responded that he did not have to adopt her, but that she would like it he did. The man remarked that she had no idea what the adoption request meant to him. Although his stepdaughter is older than 18, Florida allows for adult adoptions.

NFL player settles outstanding child support and avoids arrest

A former NFL cornerback recently signed a contract with an NFL team to place him back on an NFL payroll and aid with child support obligations. The 32-year old football player was recently due in Florida family court concerning his child support obligations but did not appear. His outstanding child support issues and failure to appear led to a warrant for his arrest being issued. but the warrant was withdrawn once he made a child support payment of an undisclosed amount.

The timing of end of marriages in Florida

University research has revealed that the timing of divorce is often influenced seasonally by family rituals and the vacation calendar. According to the study, the number of divorces consistently peaks during the spring and summer months, following winter and summer vacation. It is believed that couples may think that a positive Christmas or summer vacation will help improve their relationships, but then they instead strain a marriage, as they can be stressful times for many couples and families.

The importance of the adoption process

Adoption is an important way to build many types of families. It can be used by heterosexual couples, and gay and lesbians alike, to build families, and it can also be beneficial in other circumstances, including step-parent adoptions. Many non-traditional relationships are important to children during their childhood, such as step-parent relationships. The adoption process allows these relationships to gain legal recognition as many children may develop bonds similar to bonds they share with a birth parent with step-parents and others.