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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.

States considering providing child custody attorneys for some

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.

Child custody case challenges definition of parenthood

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.

Proposed change to Florida child custody law sparks debate

Florida parents should be aware of a piece of proposed legislation that is soon to go before the state Senate. The bill seeks a change in child custody rules that would force judges to apply a shared custody structure to all cases. While there are provisions that would allow a judge to deviate from a 50/50 child custody award, the main point of the bill would be to begin from a position that shared custody is the outcome that should result from most cases.

Judge withdraws from controversial child custody case

Many Florida readers will recall media coverage of an unusual custody battle in which three children were placed in juvenile detention. The matter received widespread attention, as holding a child accountable for adhering to a child custody order is an approach that is virtually never taken in the family court setting. In a recent turn of events, the judge who made that call has taken action to remove herself from the case.

Man will not be forced into child custody battle

In a recent landmark ruling, a West Coast judge has ordered that the embryos created by a couple who are now divorced will be destroyed. The decision is one that has been anticipated for some time, as the issue has arisen in states across the nation. When a couple ends their relationship but has created the earliest beginnings of a shared child, the courts are tasked with determining how to proceed. The case is of interest to many in Florida who have completed or are considering fertility treatments, but are concerned about a child custody battle over unborn children.

Child custody dispute leads to mother's arrest

A lengthy and bitter custody battle has left one mother in police custody in Florida while her two teenage girls remain missing. The child custody case centers on an accusation of parental alienation, which has become a highly contested term in several recent court cases. As of the time of this report, two teenage girls remain unaccounted for, and their mother is jailed and facing serious criminal charges related to their whereabouts.

Grandmother makes risky choice in child custody fight

When a parent or guardian feels that their child is in danger, it can be difficult to make rational choices. Most people In Florida and across the nation want to take immediate action in order to chart a course and begin moving forward in resolving the problem. In some cases, however, the action that is chosen is one that can further complicate a child custody matter. Such may be the case for a grandmother who has taken her grandchildren across state lines and into a Native American reservation.

Judge allows Facebook as evidence in child custody case

More and more people in Florida and across the nation are using social media to connect with friends and family, and to share details about their lives with others. For some, the information posted on these platforms will come back to haunt them. This is especially true in cases of divorce and child custody, which often brings out the worst in people. A recent court case exemplifies the manner in which one's online life can be dragged into the middle of a legal dispute.

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