Mediation can be useful in a number of legal situations, including in divorce. In Florida, many couples choose mediation over the more traditional route of a litigate divorce. Divorce issues can be resolved in a less contentious and costly manner through divorce mediation. Furthermore, this process can provide more involvement for the parties as they work with a mediator, rather than relying on a judge, to reach agreements concerning important divorce-related issues.
There are a number of ways child support orders are enforced in Florida. Whether you are a child support recipient parent or a parent paying child support in Florida, you may wonder what the enforcement measures are. One way is that the Department of Revenue (DOR) may send notices for income withholding to employers and other sources of income. Banks and other financial institutions may also receive notices for garnishment from the Department of Revenue, concerning parents who owe unpaid child support.
There are many things to know about alimony in Florida but some basic points can be helpful for divorcing couples wondering what to expect. Alimony in Florida can be for rehabilitative purposes, bridge-the-gap purposes, durational, permanent or a combination of the different types of alimony. When making an alimony determination, the court considers the needs of the party seeking alimony and the ability of the other party to pay. When considering alimony, the court evaluates a number of factors, which are described in Florida's family law statutes.
A recent Florida Supreme Court ruling has been noted as a decision that will clarify previous prenuptial agreement confusion spanning decades. The Florida Supreme Court ruled that a voluntarily executed prenuptial agreement was valid even though the terms turned out to be not beneficial for one spouse and were be in violation of Florida law.
Paternity of a child may be established several different ways in Florida. A man is presumed to be the father of the child if he was married to the mother of the child at the time of the child's conception or birth; if the mother of the child was unmarried at the time of the child's birth but the man acknowledges paternity of the child at the time of the child's birth at the hospital; the mother of the child was unmarried at the time of the child's birth and the man acknowledged paternity after the birth of the child by filing a Consenting Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity prior to the occurrence of certain circumstances; and paternity of the child is adjudicated by the court prior to a petition for the termination of parental rights is filed with the court.
A military veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan returned home to Florida to face a battle for custody of her two children. The military veteran was ultimately granted custody of her two children and was scheduled to be reunited with them shortly following that decision. While serving, the veteran's two children where left in the care of a relative who ultimately relocated the children without legal permission to do so. Following her return, the veteran faced legal challenges to regaining custody of her children who were, at that time, in foster care in another state.
Given that family law issues include divorce, property division, alimony, child support and child custody, these legal issues can prove both complex and emotional for all involved. At times, family law concerns reach the Florida courts. However, a number of family law situations can be decided through informed agreement of the parties or through the mediation process. A Broward County family lawyer can help local residents understand which route might work best for their unique situation.
In Florida, because of the natural anxiety associated with the divorce process, divorcing couples may wonder how their property will be divided. Florida courts' most basic approach to property division in divorce situations is to designate non-marital assets versus marital assets and to then divide the marital assets equally between the divorcing spouses. The process is referred to as equitable division of property. Equitable, though, doesn't always mean "equal," which can at first appear confusing to divorcing spouses.
Parents in Florida can receive help establishing and enforcing a child support order. Because of the important role support plays in a child's life and well-being, parents have a responsibility to support their children. Child support orders establish the amount and type of support parents are required to provide for their children.
The issue of grandparents' rights can be a serious, sensitive and emotional issue, especially since the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren can be a special relationship. Because of the relationship grandparents have with the parents of their grandchildren, however, situations may arise where grandparents can become alienated from their grandchildren.