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Broward County Family Law Blog

Important considerations when adopting

Many families build their families through adoption . As a result, it can be helpful for anyone considering adoption in Florida to understand some important facts to determine if adoption is the decision they want to make. In the US, there are more than 100,000 children from a number of different backgrounds and situations waiting to be adopted.

Understanding grandparents' rights in Florida

Grandparents' rights in Florida received a lot of attention over the past year. Grandparents' visitation and custody rights can be a challenging and sensitive issue for both parents and grandparents. In order to protect and act on their rights, grandparents must consider many legal issues. Amongst them are what laws apply to a grandparent request for child visitation or custody, when and how the request should be made, and what factors the court evaluates when considering such a request.

A look at gay marriage in Florida one year later

Gay marriage became legal in Florida a year ago, which is causing some Floridians to look back, and to look forward, at the impact on Florida communities and marriage itself. Hundreds of same-sex couples have been married in Florida over the past year. While the number of sex-sex marriages is not officially tracked in Florida, state records reveal that the number of marriage licenses in Florida has risen sharply over the past year. Overall, for the first nine months of 2015, marriage licenses were up over 10 percent.

What are visitation rights and how are they established?

In family law, visitation generally refers to the time a noncustodial parent spends with his or her children. Child custody arrangements often address issues related to legal custody and physical custody, and each of these elements can be shared with the other parent or not. Biological parents can seek custody and visitation rights of their children, and a noncustodial parent may may seek to act on his or her visitation rights at any time.

The basics of alimony awards in Florida

In Florida, when a couple decides to divorce, equitable distribution rules are followed concerning property division. In addition, an alimony award may also be considered. Alimony can be granted to either spouse based on the needs of the recipient spouse and the ability of the paying spouse to pay. The court will then consider relevant factors to arrive at the nature and amount of the alimony award.

How are medical expenses handled in child support situations?

When approaching child support, parents may wonder what they will be required to pay and how medical expenses, for instance, will be handled under their child support arrangement. In general, parents are required to provide for the support of their children. Child support orders state the amount a parent is required to pay for the support of their children and the nature of the child support.

The subject of alimony remains a concern in Florida

Alimony is an important concern that should not be overlooked during the divorce process. Overall, 3 percent of alimony recipients are men. Alimony is the award of financial support paid by one spouse to another before or following separation of divorce. Also known as spousal support, alimony is an ongoing payment paid by a higher-earning spouse to a lower-earning spouse. The Supreme Court has ruled that alimony must be applied equally to both genders.