Child Custody

How exposure to domestic violence harms your child

Domestic violence is more common than many people realize. In fact, one study found that 20 people are subjected to some form of physical domestic abuse every minute. And while the harm caused to a victim by domestic violence can be extensive, it can be just as...

Is your child being harmed by parental substance abuse?

Your children are vulnerable, which is why your child custody arrangement could have a significant impact on their wellbeing. While important decisions pertaining to education, medical care, and religion are on the line, their everyday physical and mental health could...

How can you help your child adjust to your divorce?

Just as divorce is not easy for adults, divorce can be equally difficult for children. Parents in Florida who are going through a divorce should make sure they understand how their split may affect their child both in the short-term and long-term. They also need to...

What is required to move with my child post-divorce?

These days it seems like our society is more mobile than ever. People in Florida are not afraid to seek employment in a different part of the state as they advance their careers. And many people these days buy a “starter” home before they move elsewhere to their...

Time-sharing and the best interests of the child

Florida law recognizes that children benefit from having frequent and continuing contact with both parents following a divorce. Thus, the standard used when making time-sharing decisions is the best interests of the child. The following is a brief overview of what...

When to consider requesting a child custody modification

When life changes, child custody needs may also change. For that reason, parents should be familiar with when they may want to consider requesting a child custody modification and when it may be possible to do so. When to request a child custody modification There are...

Understanding the role of a guardian ad litem in Florida

If a guardian ad litem, also known as a GAL, is involved in a family law matter it is helpful for the parties to understand the GAL’s role. In Florida, a GAL must be at least 21 years old and must complete an application which includes photo identification, a...

Understanding the basics about child custody

When Florida couples with minor children decide to get divorced, child custody is oftentimes the most important – and most contentious – issue in the legal proceedings. Nothing can rile up the emotions faster than disputes over how a child will spend time, and who...

Factors used to determine child custody in Florida

There are many parents in the Fort Lauderdale area who are no longer with their child’s other birth parent. In situations where parents had a tumultuous breakup putting the past aside and focusing on the best interests of their child can be difficult. When parents are...