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Category Archives: Child Custody

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Same Sex Couples, Make Your Parental Relationship to Your Parent’s Children Official Through Marriage or Adoption

By Schwartz | White |

In most child custody cases, the deciding factor on which all other factors in the decision rely, is the child’s best interest. The court can forbid a parent from moving out of Florida, or even forbid you from spending time alone with your child, if this is most conducive to the child’s physical and… Read More »

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Div_Family

Is It Your Responsibility If Your Current Spouse Makes Life Difficult for Your Ex?

By Schwartz | White |

Our culture seems to enjoy a good rivalry between two people who have been married to the same person. From the mom versus stepmom feuds on the daytime talk shows of 1990s television to the Daddy’s Home movies of the past decade, the public seems to find entertainment value in seeing a parent and… Read More »

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Can Kids Decide Which Parent Gets More Parenting Time?

By Schwartz | White |

Remember that time you told your six-year-old son that he had to stop playing video games and sit down to dinner with you and his visiting grandparents, and he said that you were a mean parent and he hated living with you? All was probably forgiven by the time the main course was served? … Read More »

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Can You Forbid Your Former In-Laws from Babysitting Your Child After Your Divorce?

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It is a common lament among parents that they do not get to spend enough time with their children. In a 24-hour period, how many hours per day do your children spend at school? Perhaps they even spend an hour or more in after-school care until your workday ends. If your children participate in… Read More »

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FamCourt

Family Law Courts Want Evidence, Not Just Promises

By Schwartz | White |

Addiction has destroyed many marriages, and it is devastating for everyone involved, not least among them the addicted person himself. A diagnosis of a mental illness, whether it is substance use disorder or any other diagnosis, does not take away your right to be involved in your children’s lives. The court makes decisions about… Read More »

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To What Extent Is It Your Business How Your Ex-Spouse Parents Your Children?

By Schwartz | White |

Finalizing your divorce can be a welcome end to the constant battles over parenting that you and your spouse used to have before you were married. Maybe your wife used to put too much pressure on your daughter about dressing nicely and looking presentable, and it made your blood boil, but it didn’t seem… Read More »

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StepAdoption

What Are Your Parental Rights in a Florida Divorce If You Adopted Your Stepchild Before Moving to Florida?

By Schwartz | White |

Under Florida law, the legal parents of a child have the right to an ongoing relationship with the child and the responsibility to support him or her financially. The parental rights and responsibilities of legal parents are legally enforceable until the child reaches legal adulthood, usually on the child’s eighteenth birthday. You can become… Read More »

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Will the Court Increase Your Child Support Award If Your Ex Does Not Exercise His Parenting Time?

By Schwartz | White |

Parenting plans specify in detail which parent will be with the children on which days, which parent has the final say on which parenting decisions, and which parent has what responsibilities regarding transporting the children to or from the other parent’s care. It might sound like micromanaging, but the court has no way of… Read More »

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Parallel Parenting: When Co-Parenting Is Not an Option

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Some people find that their relationship with their ex-spouse actually improves after they divorce. The little things that added up to ruin your relationship when you were married can no longer hurt you when you do not have to share a household or define your identity in terms of each other. If your coworker… Read More »

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Addiction and Co-Parenting: Wishful Thinking Has No Place in Parenting Plans

By Schwartz | White |

Anyone who has ever struggled with substance use disorder or had a family member who has knows that recovery is a lifelong process. Addiction does not take away your right to have a relationship with your children, but the court-ordered parenting plan has to reflect the reality of how healthy you currently are and… Read More »

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