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    Modifying a Parenting Plan in Florida

    Time marches on, and so do people. No matter how much a person would like to look into the future and find out what will happen, this just isn’t possible. When a parenting plan is drawn up both parties do so with the limited knowledge of what will happen in the future and how each thinks the requirements of shared parenting, including timesharing, will work the best in their particular case. All seems to go well for a while and then there are changes that may occur which can make the parenting plan as written become unrealistic and sometimes even...

    Holiday Timesharing

    Holidays are, for most families, some of the best times of the year. This is especially true for young children unless their family is extremely poor, so they feel left out when compared to other children. Children and grownups alike look forward to spending time together, and as in the case of birthdays and December holidays look forward to the tradition of gift-giving. But what happens when there is a divorce? How do children and parents share those special days? In many states, Florida included, when there are minor children (children from birth to age l8) involved, the state requires a...

    How to Prepare for When the Divorce is Over

    Divorce, or dissolution of marriage as it is termed in modern times, is never an easy or pleasant experience. In most cases, life, as it has been, will be disrupted and changed. Both parties, whether either wants the divorce or not, will be faced with a different way of doing things during the proceedings and even more so once the divorce is over. Fortunately, even in the best of circumstances, a divorce takes time to become final and thus allows a person time to prepare for what lies ahead. While no one wants to plan a future with so much...

    Equal Time Sharing is Quickly Becoming the New Standard

    For many years the idea that one parent, usually the mother, should be the primary caregiver for minor children following a divorce or separation was the norm. The primary caregiver was typically referred to as having “custody” while the other parent was referred to as noncustodial, having secondary custody. Often the noncustodial parent had very specific visitation rights with little or no overnights with their child. All decisions, major or minor, were made by the custodial parent without the necessity of input from the other parent. Obviously, this makes for a very one-sided developmental plan for a child as well...

    The Holidays, a Rocky Relationship’s Worst Nightmare

    For many people, the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, are some of the best times of the year. These events are looked forward to by persons of all ages and often are the main time families get together for fellowship and celebration during the year. Unfortunately, if a relationship is on rocky ground, the stress level often associated with holidays and the sometimes awkward circumstances surrounding the deteriorating relationship makes holidays a time to dread rather than to look forward to. Consider the couple who are considering divorce due to an extramarital affair that has surfaced and is...

    How Florida Family Law Presumes Parental Love

    Parents love their children equally, and there is no presumption in favor of the mother or father. These words are the premise on which Florida Family courts build their statutes regarding the care and nurturing of minor children following a dissolution of marriage (divorce) or separation of parents not married. What this statement means is that presumably a father and mother, or parents of the same sex, love each of their minor children with precisely the same amount of mental, emotional, and intellectual fervor. In reality, this is likely not quite the case for in many families one parent cares...

    Factors for the Calculation of Child Support

    In the state of Florida, the awarding of child support is mandatory whether the parents have been married or even have lived together. When paternity is proven, a child is born during a marriage, ora child legally adopted, the issue of calculating child support will become a part of a dissolution of marriage (divorce), separation of parents, or when a child is born to a couple. Child support can also be given to a third party who is given legal custody of a minor child when the court rules neither party is able to parent effectively. A side note, child...

    Save Those Text Messages: Electronic Evidence

    Electronic evidence is fast becoming a vital part of testimony in a courtroom. In fact, cases have been lost or won on the basis of electronic evidence. These facts may sound scary, especially to those over 60, but they are a reality and must be taken seriously. Evidence, once it has been authenticated, can be used in the court. However, if a judge deems that the e-mail or phone text message is not able to be authenticated, or is hearsay, the resulting messages will be ruled inadmissible. So what precautions should a person take to avoid having electronic evidence tossed...

    The Dangers of Not Following Your Lawyers Advice

    As with any situation where you have asked for advice and then decide not to follow it, there will usually be consequences. The effect of not following your lawyer’s advice, however, can really make a difference in the desired outcome of your case. Here are some likely consequences that may occur: Probably first and foremost is the fact that by not following your lawyer’s advice, you significantly harm the lawyer-client relationship. Your lawyer is working hard for you, and when you decide to no longer pay attention or listen to his or her advice, you give the impression you no longer...

    All About an Annulment in Florida

    What is an annulment? According to the online legal dictionary, an annulment is “A judgment by a court that retroactively invalidates a marriage to the date of its formation.” In other words, legally, there never was a marriage between the two parties. In Florida, there are definite grounds an annulment can be obtained, and there is a legal process to follow when desiring such an outcome. It is interesting to note that an annulment is often more complicated and more expensive than a divorce. Let’s take a look at both the grounds and the process. Grounds: • One spouse is still married...

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