Florida Divorce and Non-Residents

Florida Divorce and Non-Residents

Several cases we see involve divorces in which one of the parties is a non-resident. That is, the Husband and Wife lived in Florida, but moved away. In many instances, the non-resident is in the military, or works in a field in which they have to work out of state. In other cases, both parties lived here … Read more

Child Custody and School Zones

One of the largest topics in child custody cases is whose school zone the parties will use. It’s often one of the last things discussed in mediation, and it always has the chance to unravel every agreement. Simply put — every parent likes to have his or her kids in their school zone. But this … Read more

Modifications in Family Law

The only constant in life is change. Hence the law allows modifications. People lose and gain jobs. Kids grow older and gain additional expenses. People remarry and form blended families.  There are simple modifications, like trying a new school for your kids.  Or it may be a complex change, like seeking to relocate across the … Read more

Paternity Law in a Nutshell

Many people in today's society have kids and live with their partner, but do not marry. It's much more common now than it was 40 years ago, and creates what is called a Paternity case.

Many people in today’s society have kids and live with their partner, but do not marry. It’s much more common now than it was 40 years ago, and creates what is called a Paternity case.   Paternity cases in Florida occur when the parents are not married.   Legally, the Father must establish his rights … 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

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

Grandparent Rights

Temporary Child Custody By Grandparents

We see many grandparents who are actively raising their grandchildren. Some are helping out the parents, others have fully taken the role of being the parent. Here in Florida, grandparents do not have visitation rights. (Update: See “Grandparent Visitation Gains New Life“) However, the Florida Statutes allow grandparents, as well as other close relatives, to … Read more