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Child in pool highlights dangers of neglect

Children are always a parent's top priority, and that concern outlasts a marriage that is irretrievably broken. It is a simple truth that occurs to any parent in a situation endangering a child's welfare. Nothing is more important than a child's safety.

Single and divorced parents may find themselves overwhelmed by the extra responsibility of no or limited coordination with a spouse. Parents have to use their relationship with children to judge and provide for their best interests.

Factors Judges Consider for Child Custody Determinations - Part 6

This 20 part series tracks what Judges consider in child custody cases.

Factor #6: The moral fitness of parents.

Check the other parent's traffic record to see if he or she has a history of excessive driving, running red lights, etc. In the event that the other parent has a traffic infraction history, pull the police reports to determine vital information such as whether there were any children in the vehicle.

What money issues will unmarried couples face when splitting?

As in all family law matters, the precise issues that may arise depend upon the couple's individual circumstances. Due to this, it is difficult to give an exact accounting of the financial matters that may occur during your Florida breakup. All couples are unique and all breakups are unique whether you are married or living together.

The best way to address your question without having more details is to tell you about some of the most common financial issues unmarried couples must face when breaking up.

Can a Florida child have 3 parents?

It's a biological impossibility but legally it's doable in Florida: A child can have three parents. A recent case in California is an excellent example of this kind of family structure. A 16-year-old who -- calls her parents Dad, Mom and Mama -- was born to two mothers who asked a male friend to be the father.

Having three parents is a new trend that's gaining traction with some courts around the nation. The family structure is being referred to as "tri-parenting." In the California case, the non-biological mother was relieved when the family court finally granted her parental status. The woman said that she's happy to call her daughter her own, legally.

Keep your business safe when divorcing in Florida

Unfortunately, divorce affects families in all income brackets. Whether you are a small business owner struggling to make ends meet or the owner of a large, valuable business, you will want to make sure your enterprise remains safe in the event of a divorce.

One mistake our attorneys frequently see is one or both spouses assuming that it will be easy to manage any businesses involved in the divorce. On the contrary, we often see how owning a business actually complicates the entire process.

Know your options when paternity must be challenged

Establishing paternity is one of the necessary steps that you must take to assert your rights as a father. But, have you ever thought about what would happen if you found out that you weren't the baby's daddy after you had already established paternity? This is a case that isn't all that common, but it does occur.

When you find out that you aren't the father of a baby that you have supported financially and raised, your first reaction is likely going to be anger. From there, you might decide that you don't want to be financially responsible for the child any longer. In order to do this, you have to disestablish paternity.

Factors Judges Consider for Child Custody Determinations - Part 4

This 20 part series tracks what Judges consider when making child custody determinations to help parents focus on what is relevant to effectively present their child custody case.

Factor #4: The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity.

Judges consider matters such as the child's school.  It is generally considered in a child's best interests to maintain at a school that he or she is familiar with and has established friendships.  A Court may however also needs to feel that the school is desirable.  If for instance, if the child is attending a "D" rated school and a move will bring the child to an "A" rated school, the new school may be in the child's best interest.  To obtain information in reference to the rating of your child's school, visit your County School Board's website.

Who needs to consent to stepparent adoption?

A stepparent may want to adopt his or her stepchild and make the child one's own. However, in order for this adoption to move forward, the stepparent needs to gain consent from both biological parents.

Let's say, for example, that a man gets married to a woman with two children. He bonds so closely with the children that he sees them as his own and he hopes to repay their love with the lifetime commitment of being a father to the children, and his wife agrees. In this scenario, the stepparent will need to ask the biological father for consent. In other words, the biological father needs to agree to the adoption.

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