Many Florida couples who divorce face continued legal challenges following settlements with regard to future parenting plans, alimony or other related issues. The state's governor recently vetoed a bill that contained proposed changes for the way the court should address a parenting schedule after divorce. SB 668 passed by wide margins in both the Florida House and Senate, but the governor has stated that he thinks such a law could be damaging to children.
The end of a marriage marks a significant life event for both Florida spouses. Often, individuals are eager to move beyond a broken marriage and toward new horizons. Unfortunately, there are lingering effects that can continue to impact one's life long after the ink has dried on the divorce papers. It turns out that divorce does not sever many of the financial ties that bind two people together, especially when to comes to matters of credit.
When a child is not receiving the proper amount of care, state authorities will act to remove that child from his or her home and place the child into a temporary living situation. This is known as foster care, and it exists in Florida and across the nation. Foster parents play a vital role in keeping children safe, as well as ensuring that their emotional and social needs are met while the authorities and the courts work to determine if that child's parents are able to reach a point where they can regain custody. The ultimate goal of foster care is to reunite children and parents whenever possible, or to find a placement for a child that maintains the family bond. Often, foster care involves complex child custody matters, which can lead to lengthy court battles.
Having to fight for the right to parent a child is among the most difficult experiences that anyone can go through. Not only is it a stressful time in a person's life, it can also be a very expensive proposition. For parents in Florida and elsewhere who are living on a limited income, there is often little left over to cover legal fees. In certain cases, these parents will have no choice but to represent themselves, a scenario that can lead to disaster in any type of child custody case.
The changing landscape of American society has led to a shift in the way that the courts in Florida and elsewhere view matters such as marriage and parenthood. This has led to several unusual cases in which courts are asked to clarify the definition of who is and who is not a parent. One current child custody case focuses on a family in which two same-sex partners used in vitro fertilization to have a child.