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Fighting the state for child custody rights

When a family member is accused of mistreating his or her child in Florida or elsewhere, the reaction is often to take a defensive stance and fight against those claims. However, there are many child custody cases in which parents are unable to overcome the assertions made by the state's social services agency. An example is found in a case in which a mother is accusing social workers of taking improper action.

Same-sex couple embroiled in child custody battle

When the Supreme Court acted to legalize same-sex marriage last year, many believed that the move would change the lives of many Florida residents. Unfortunately, same-sex couples still face an uphill battle when seeking divorce and addressing matters of child custody. An example is found in a highly contentious case between two women who are struggling over the care and custody of two children.

Working youth athletics into the parenting schedule

During the course of a Florida divorce, there is a seemingly endless list of topics that parents must address. It can be easy to overlook important items, especially those that do not specifically revolve around child support or the division of parenting time. Youth athletics is a perfect example of a topic that should, but often does not, make the list of negotiation points. Yet, for a child who is serious about pursuing a career or scholarship in athletics, discussing this issue should be part of the parenting schedule negotiations.

This child custody case has outraged thousands

An incredibly controversial custody action has led to an outcry in Florida and across the nation for change in the way that Child Protective Services are used by police. The child custody case centers on a family with five children who recently lost their daughter while traveling across the country after visiting family. When they called police to report that their daughter was missing from their hotel room, their nightmare was magnified beyond what anyone might have expected.

Florida governor disagrees with proposed parenting schedule

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.

Child custody matters involving foster care can be complex

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.

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