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July 2012 Archives

Grandparents face challenges when seeking visitation rights

It is only natural for Florida grandparents to want to see their grandchildren. But in some cases, their children may impose limits on the number of visits or prohibit them entirely. In response, some grandparents have initiated family law litigation in an attempt to earn visitation rights. Depending on the case, some grandparents have won concessions from the court: They may attend their grandchildren's school-related activities, for example, and may be given the right to periodic visits outside of those activities.

Permanent alimony targeted by reform groups in Florida

As in many parts of the country, the debate over alimony reform has taken hold in Florida. During the most recent legislative session, reformers mounted a bid to outlaw permanent alimony, but their bill failed to earn the approval of a sufficient number of lawmakers. Undeterred, they have said they will support a new piece of legislation next year.

Florida paternity disputes could be settled sooner with new test

More and more children are being conceived and born outside of marriage. While paternity disputes can certainly occur within the context of a married relationship, questions regarding the father's identity may come up more often now that, among women under 30, over 50 percent of births occur to unmarried mothers.

Holmes and Cruise to divorce, Holmes seeks sole legal custody

Child custody laws vary from state to state, but in Florida, courts give primary consideration to the best interests of the child when deciding visitation and custody issues. But that does not mean one parent will necessary receive sole custody. Florida law seeks to have both parents involved in their children's lives after a divorce. Deviations from this general presumption are permitted where the circumstances require it.

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