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.
This blog recently discussed paternity fraud and what can happen if paternity is determined incorrectly. An accurate determination of paternity can be important, however, in a number of different situations, as well, that do not involve paternity fraud. Paternity can be in issue in a number of circumstances including when a child is born outside of a valid marriage.
Families and individuals who have been through the process of paternity and child support may have questions about the paternity process. One question that may arise is what is paternity fraud and why is it serious? Paternity fraud is sometimes referred to as misattributed paternity and can have emotional and financial consequences.
Life and circumstances can change which is why many parents may wonder how changing circumstances following a child custody agreement may impact the agreement. In particular, a parent seeking to relocate with children may wonder what legal options for relocation are available and under what circumstances they may relocate with their children.
Earlier this year, a federal judge in Florida instructed court clerks in Florida to follow his order and issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Following the judge's instructions, thousands of same-sex couples have been married in Florida. Although precise numbers are not available, court clerks in Central Florida have reported a sharp increase in the number of marriage licenses issued. Some counties in Florida report greater than a 30 percent increase in marriage licenses. During a 24-hour period following the judge's order earlier this year, Broward County had the highest number of same-sex marriage licenses issued with a total of 184.
In Florida, visitation related to child custody is now referred to as time-sharing which helps to promote creative and diverse child custody agreements that best serve the child's best interests in each unique situation. Parenting plans and time-sharing can be a significant and emotional aspect of any couple's divorce which is why it can be helpful to understand as much about the process up front as possible.
At times, and in certain circumstances, child support changes may be possible. A Florida woman is seeking additional child support from NBA basketball player Dwight Howard. Howard allegedly pays $10,000 a month in child support for the 4-year old son he shares with the woman. The woman is seeking an increase in child support and claims that Howard has not paid all of what he currently owes. Howard earns an estimated $27 million a year in NBA salary and endorsements deals. The woman claims that the current child support amount based on their agreement should be increased to pay for the child's schooling, activities and additional needs.