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July 2015 Archives

How marijuana use can affect child custody outcomes

In Florida and across the nation, the best way to approach marijuana use continues to be debated. While more and more states are taking action to legalize use of the drug for medical or recreational use, the matter is far from settled. For parents, any use of marijuana can bring on a range of child custody problems, and it is important to understand how the courts have come down on the matter in recent years.

Frozen embryos present unique family law issue

When a Florida couple with no children decides to part ways, the matter is often far simpler than for those families who share children. This is not always the case, however, as exemplified by an unusual family law issue currently underway in a West Coast courtroom. The matter concerns a divorced couple who are fighting over the use of frozen embryos.

Post- divorce summers can be hard on kids

In many cases, Florida families who go through divorce will end up with a custody schedule in which one parent has the bulk of parenting time during the school year, while the other has a long period of visitation during the summer months. While this arrangement is usually made in an effort to give kids the chance to bond with their non-custodial parent, the end result can be stressful for everyone. It is important to monitor how kids are adjusting to summer transitions after a divorce, and to take steps to reduce stress.

How to know if divorce is the right choice

Virtually all couples will go through periods of turmoil within their marriage. In many cases, weathering these small storms will help a couple bond, and will strengthen their union. There are some circumstances, however, that go beyond these normal ups and downs, and are indicative of serious marital problems. For Florida spouses who are living in a tumultuous relationship, the presence of these concerns may mean that it is time to consider divorce.

Previously-denied gay divorce is granted in Florida

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a historic decision that makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, including Florida. While same-sex marriage became legal in Florida in January, the case remained on appeal since then. However, the Supreme Court’s decision verifies the ruling.

Compartmentalization can aid family law stress

When a Florida spouse is going through a divorce, a high level of stress is a common outcome. The demands of divorce, both emotional and legal, can make it seem as though the family law process has permeated every aspect of one's life. This can lead to feelings of hopelessness, and the sense that the matter will stretch on indefinitely.

The role that data plays within today's divorce

For spouses who suspect that their partner may be less than forthcoming about his or her activities, a wealth of information is available. Because so many of us are never without our smartphones or wearable fitness devices, highly sophisticated tracking software is available to virtually anyone who wishes to harness the power that technology has to offer. A wide range of apps exist that can use GPS data to pinpoint an individual's whereabouts, and many of these tools can come in handy in the event of a Florida divorce.

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