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Broward County Family Law Blog

How do you establish legal paternity in Florida?

Though you may be familiar with the term paternity, you may also wonder what the legal significance of establishing paternity is. Establishing paternity allows a child to have a legal father and also provides important rights to the child, father and mother of the child. Parents can gain important rights by establishing paternity -- including the ability to obtain a child support order, the ability to obtain a court order for child custody or visitation and to be involved in legal decisions concerning the child.

How do I know if a parental relocation request will be granted?

Life changes following a divorce and divorced parents may wonder in what circumstances they may be able to relocate with their child for various reasons. In Florida, relocating parents can have the court consider a request for relocation if they are moving greater than 50 miles away for more than 60 consecutive days. There are a variety of reasons that a parent may want or need to relocate but if the parents are unable to agree to the relocation, the court will evaluate a number of factors when considering a relocation request.

Florida bill proposing family law changes vetoed

A reform bill that would have restructured alimony and child custody in Florida was recently vetoed by the governor. The bill, and the issues it was seeking to address, has been controversial. The governor cited concerns that the bill would alter how child custody decisions are made. Specifically, concerns that the new law would require judges to presume, though legal presumptions are oftentimes rebuttable, that equal time sharing between parents was best before evaluating other considerations, led him to veto the bill.

Same-sex adoption in Florida

Adoption is an important way for many families to grow, including for same-sex couples. Among the 594,000 same-sex couple households in the United States, 115,000 of them have children in the household. Concerning adoption numbers, approximately 16,000 same-sex parents are raising 22,000 adopted children in the U.S. In total, gay and lesbian parents are raising 4 percent of adopted children in the U.S. and same-sex parents are four times more likely to raise adopted children than different-sex parents. Approximately 2 million gay and lesbian individuals in the U.S. would like to adopt children.

The importance of properly preparing for court during a divorce

A recent post here discussed divorce mediation and some aspects of the divorce mediation process in Florida. When divorcing couples reach the court and courtrooms during the divorce, on the other hand, it can be an intimidating and unfamiliar process. Some tips concerning how to prepare, what to expect and how to navigate the courtroom process during a divorce can be helpful to settle nerves, reduce stress and result in a more successful courtroom visit for many divorcing couples.

Divorce mediation can be helpful for many families

Many individuals who may be considering divorce in Florida may have heard terms such as "divorce mediation" and "collaborative divorce." Divorces in Florida go through the mediation process first because it allows for agreements to be reached in a manner that can minimize the sometimes contentious, costly and time consuming nature of the divorce process.

What types of alimony are available in Florida?

There are five different types of alimony that may be awarded in Florida. Alimony is commonly referred to as spousal support. A number of factors are used to determine the amount and length of alimony in Florida. Many individuals going through the divorce process may wonder what these factors are. In general, alimony payments are payments made by one former spouse to the other.

What should I consider during my high asset divorce?

Any divorce can quickly become complex, but a high-asset divorce may have certain special complexities. Couples going through a high asset divorce may wonder what to expect and what are some important considerations they should pay attention to during their high asset divorce.

Developing a parenting plan is always an important step

Parenting plans can be a cornerstone of relationships between parents, children and families following a divorce. As a result, having a good, workable parenting plan is important for divorcing couples. The changes to relationships and the idea of having a parenting plan may seem strange to some divorcing parents, but parenting plans are an important part of the child custody and divorce process.

What can be included in a prenuptial agreement?

For couples considering a prenuptial agreement, it is important for them to understand what can and cannot be included in a prenuptial agreement. One of the primary applications of a prenuptial agreement is to account for property division in the event of a divorce. Traditionally, when a couple divorces, marital property is divided according to the property division in their state. In Florida, equitable distribution rules are followed when property is divided between divorcing couples. A prenuptial agreement allows a couple to decide for themselves how marital property will be divided in the event of the couple divorcing.