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For many grandparents and stepparents in Florida, adoptions make the family whole.

Blended Families Face Challenges but it’s Worth the Effort

April 13, 2017

Many blended families exist today. More than ever, people are getting divorced. They often remarry and bring together their children. Often the new couple may have two households, or live in different towns. They face many challenges when trying to put their family together. When blending such a family, it’s important to know where the … Read more

Dependency Cases often interact with family law cases.

Understanding Florida Child Dependency Cases

March 30, 2017

Dependency Cases often interact with family law cases. They are filed when parents are alleged to have abused, abandoned, or neglected their children.  Dependency cases are usually handled by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).  However, anyone with knowledge can file a dependency petition.   There are very distinct definitions. Abandoned means a parent, while … Read more

Custody by Extended Families

Child Custody by Extended Families

March 16, 2017

A hot topic these days is Child Custody by Extended Families. The parents may have a drug problem, or they may be in jail. Parents also ask extended families to help out while he or she is in college, or the military. In all of these circumstances, it’s good to know when and whether you … Read more

Special Olympics

March 1, 2017

Special Olympics is a wonderful program throughout the United States, and here in Florida.  Special Olympics is a program with great benefits. Special Olympics began in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Eunice Kennedy Shriver helped create Special Olympics. She organized events for people with intellectual disabilities, and she served on President Kennedy’s panel on … Read more

How Does The Florida Relocation Statute Work?

How Does The Florida Relocation Statute Work?

February 16, 2017

Relocation is a common event for all of us. Our jobs change. We remarry or enter into new relationships. So it’s important for a custodial parents to know when they can move, and how far. America is a mobile society. We are able to connect with each other via FaceTime, Skype, and other forms of electronic … Read more

Ocala Mediation and Dispute Resolution - Jonathan P. Culver, P.A.

Opposite Ideas? Reasons for Choosing Mediation Over a Trial

February 7, 2017

Mediation is an important step in every family law case. And it’s a better solution than going to trial in almost all cases.  More people are satisfied if they have a say in the outcome. Trials are expensive, and you never know how a judge is going to rule. It’s better to control your own … Read more

Guardianships: An Important Bridge Between Parents and Caretakers

Guardianships: An Important Bridge Between Parents and Caretakers

January 11, 2017

Guardianships are an important bridge between parents and caretakers. There are many different types of guardianships. Preneed Guardianships Preneed Guardianships are used to declare who cares for one’s children, if the parents die or become incapacitated. Our office handled of these cases recently, and I think that they are good to use. Simply put, a Preneed Guardian … Read more

New Year's Resolutions are fabulous, if you actually follow them.

Four Practical New Year’s Resolutions Helpful For All

December 28, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions are fabulous, if you actually follow them. Many people promise themselves that they will lose weight, or spend less money. Here’s four common sense tips that are helpful to all, especially anyone who is divorced or is about to divorce. First, don’t blame yourself for what happened. It takes two to create … Read more

Understanding the Role of Florida Magistrates

Understanding the Role of Florida Magistrates

December 5, 2016

The Florida court system uses Magistrates every day. However, many people do not understand their role.    Magistrates are appointed by circuit judges to handle a variety of cases. They work directly under the circuit judges, running their courtroom just like a judge. In family law cases, magistrates hear divorces, modification cases, and paternity cases. … Read more

Calculating Child Support in Florida Can Be Complex

November 15, 2016

Child Support is an integral part of almost all family law cases. But it is also now rather complex to calculate. Back when I started practicing law, we did child support calculations on paper. You took the net income of each parent, the number of kids, and multiplied the non-custodial parent’s income by a percentage. … Read more

Vote Election Day! What’s Important in Florida

October 31, 2016

Election Day is just around the corner, so make sure to vote! This year, it will be on November 8th, but polls in North Central Florida are already open. Bloggers, social media and the news media give us daily information about the presidential candidates. But there are also many state and local elections which are … Read more

Florida Disabled Kids Still Being Placed in Nursing Homes

October 14, 2016

A federal judge recently dismissed a case filed under the ADA to stop disabled kids from being placed in nursing homes in Florida. This is a travesty of justice. The ADA refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Passed in 1990, this act forbids discrimination against people with special needs. It is modeled after the … Read more