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Seminole Tribal Court Family Law

Family law attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman is one of the initial members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Bar Association and part of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Court. Ms. Brown-Wiseman was the first attorney to file a dissolution of marriage action with the Seminole Tribal Court. As a divorce, paternity and adoptions attorney, Ms. Brown-Wiseman exclusively practices in family law and supports the Constitution of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The Jurisdiction of the Seminole Tribe of Florida shall include all lands within the Dania, Big Cypress, and Brighton Reservations and other lands as may hereafter be acquired for the use and benefit of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Article I of the By-Laws of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It also includes all members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida as defined in Article II of the By-Laws of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Contact Attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman at 954-406-9259 to discuss whether your family law case is eligible to be heard in the Seminole Court.

Child Custody . As a child custody lawyer Rebekah Brown-Wiseman works with clients to prepare visitation rights in parenting plans to include designations of holidays and special events particular to the Seminole culture including but not limited to Indian Day; tribal fairs previously known as Pow Wow; and the Corn Dance.

The Seminole Tribe created the Seminole Court to encourage general welfare, safeguard the interests of the Seminole Tribe and secure the blessings of freedom and liberty for posterity. The Seminole Court respects the customs and traditions of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This may be essential to child issues such as the child’s education and general upbringing. According to Article V Sec 7 of the Bylaws of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the powers of the Tribal Council include the right to promote education and such other services as may contribute to the social advancement of the members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. In a divorce, paternity or other child custody action where the issue of a child’s school is at issue, consideration can be given to a Seminole school that promotes the Seminole culture or the importance and right of a parent that teaches his or her child the culture of the Seminole Tribe. For more information pertaining to child custody attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman’s

Divorce . As a divorce attorney with the Seminole Tribal Court, Rebekah Brown-Wiseman factors in the powers of the Seminole Constitution that can impact several aspects of a parties’ divorce. For example, if the parties marital residence is on Seminole land, the Seminole Constitution prohibits the sale or mortgage of any land on Seminole property unless specifically authorized by law and then only with the consent and approval of the Secretary of the Interior. A different consideration in a Seminole divorce, however may be the use of the marital residence located on Seminole land for the stability of the Seminole children born to the marriage to continue residing on Seminole land.

Child Support . Pertaining to child support, in Cypress v. Jumper, 990 So.2d 576 (Fla. 4 th DCA 2008), the court upheld the lower court’s ruling that the father was not required to pay child support since the children’s needs were being met by the income received by them from the Seminole Tribe. As such, consideration should be given to whether the child born or adopted to the parties has an immediate right to the use of Seminole dividends. In addition, Seminole children receive free medical, dental, vision and child care from the tribe and therefore the Court should not order child support from one parent to the other parent to cover these expenses.

Adoption . If a Seminole child is adopted, the blood line is important to the Seminole Tribe. Any adoption involving a Seminole child should document the blood line to the Seminole parent and designate relative(s) to the child that can present an application to the Seminole Tribe for membership. This will benefit the child in that it will enable the child to be able to be eligible for Seminole dividends and other benefits and assist the child in understanding his or her culture.

Please see the attorney profile for Rebekah Brown-Wiseman to obtain more information. To arrange a consultation about a Seminole divorce, paternity, adoption, modification or another family law issue, please call her Fort Lauderdale office at 954-563-1331 or contact her by e-mail.

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Long Standing Dedication to Family Law. Initially started in 1998 helping family law clients at Harvard Law School’s Hale & Dorr Legal Services.