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December 2015 Archives

Judge withdraws from high profile child custody case

Florida readers may have seen or read media coverage of a highly contentious child custody case that led to three children being sent to juvenile detention. The matter made headlines after a judge found the kids -- ages 9, 11 and 14 -- in contempt for refusing to attend a scheduled lunch visit with their father. In an unexpected move, the same judge recently removed herself from that child custody case.

Should poor parents lose their child custody rights?

An unusual and disturbing case is making its way through the legal system and will be heard before one state's Supreme Court. At issue in the case is whether a parent should lose his or her parental rights over financial struggles. The matter may end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the outcome could impact child custody cases in Florida and across the nation.

Many will wait until after the holidays to announce divorce

In just a few weeks, the seemingly endless hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be a thing of the past. Once the gifts are put away, the decorations taken down and the last glass of eggnog is drained, many Florida spouses will be ready to have a serious discussion with their partners about their desires to divorce. Very few people broach the subject in the midst of the holidays, which is why divorce attorneys see so many new filings in the first few months of each year.

Be considerate when asking a spouse for divorce

As the holidays approach, many Florida spouses are aware that this will be the last year that their family celebrates as a combined unit. The decision to divorce may have been made months ago, but very few spouses will broach the subject during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. When the time does come to discuss the matter, it is very important for the spouse who initiates that conversation to consider the feelings of the other party.

Ruling releases man from obligation for child support

An unusual case has made headlines in Florida and across the nation. A man and woman who have gone through divorce have been engaged in a legal battle over the fate of their frozen embryos. The matter was recently decided, and the outcome may set a precedent for how similar cases are handled across the nation. The man was able to prevail, an outcome that means that he will not be forced to pay child support or fight for child custody.

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