Autism and Our Kids

It is estimated that 1 in 68 kids are on the autism spectrum.

Many parents, including myself, have kids – or know of kids – who are on the autism spectrum. It’s a diverse challenge, with no true explanation and no concrete solution. It is estimated that 1 in 68 kids are on the autism spectrum. This is a huge increase in the past 40 years. It requires … Read more

Domestic Violence in Florida

Here in Florida, any victim of domestic violence can file a Petition for Injunction Against Domestic Violence.

Domestic violence is a serious problem. According to a 2013 global review cited by the United Nations, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced domestic violence. The UN also estimates that half of all women killed in 2012 were the victims of domestic violence. Likewise, the estimated number of children in the world who are the … Read more

Grandparent Visitation Gains New Life in Florida

Grandparents -- take heart. A new statute has recently been passed allowing grandparent visitation rights under certain circumstances.

Grandparents — take heart. A new statute has recently been passed allowing grandparent visitation rights under certain circumstances. For years, Grandparents had no visitation rights.  This new statute is a small step forward, but it does provide some relief when the parents are deceased, missing, or are in a persistent vegetative state. It covers both … Read more

Child Support in Florida

Here in Florida, every parent has a duty to provide for his or her kids until they reach the age 18. However, that responsibility can extend to age 19, if the child is in high school and is expected to graduate.

Child Support is a topic that comes up often. Some customers ask about it up front; others don’t mention it until the end. But it’s central to every case which involves children. Child Support is considered a Right to the Kids. Here in Florida, every parent has a duty to provide for his or her … Read more

Temporary Child Custody By Grandparents

A child’s initial memories revolve around his parents and siblings. To them, their family is their world. All too often, grandparents find themselves filling this role. The reasons for this are plenty. Maybe the parents are out of state. Or maybe the parents are using drugs or are in prison. Sometimes a parent just wants … Read more

Divorce and its Impact on Children

Divorce and its impact on Children

Each child is unique, and has a natural desire to please his or her parents. Many of us do our best to raise our kids, but there’s no easy route when a child is caught in the middle of a divorce. For them, this is a life changing event. It turns their world upside down.   … Read more

Custody and Parenting Plans

“I WANT CUSTODY!” — I hear this phrase often. But Florida no longer uses that term. Nor do Florida courts use the term, “residential parent.” In 2008, the Legislature changed the language being used, and in a sense changed the way we look at custody. Today, courts develop “parenting plans,” and parents (in a divorce … Read more