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Some Florida parents face unexpected child custody disputes

When a spouse is preparing to divorce, it is perfectly normal to worry about how contentious the process will become. Very few people want to move through the process with a high degree of discontent with their soon-to-be ex. In reality, however, it is impossible to control the way that another person will choose to move through the divorce process. For many Florida parents, child custody negotiations take an unexpected turn for the worse.

Unwed Florida parents enjoy equal access to court

When unwed couples have a child prior to separating, they can face an unusual set of legal needs. Unlike married parents who go through a divorce, Florida parents who are unwed may face child custody needs, but do not normally have to go through the process of property division and other matters. Fortunately, unwed Florida parents have the same access to family court as those who were married.

Celebrity dad raises money for child custody attorney

Many Florida readers are familiar with Jon and Kate Gosselin from the television show "Jon and Kate Plus 8." The couple were among the first reality TV stars, with a show based on their experience raising sextuplets in addition to older twin girls. While the show was still in production, the couple began experiencing marital troubles. They are currently divorced, and have been embroiled in a heated child custody case for many years. Recently, Jon Gosselin set up a crowdfunding account, seeking assistance in securing the services of a child custody attorney.

Is shared custody always better for Florida families?

There is a marked trend in child custody law toward a system under which shared custody is the starting point for all families who are going through a divorce. There are strong arguments on both sides of that matter, but many Florida parents believe that each and every child custody case should be heard on its own terms, and decided according to the particulars of that case alone. Meanwhile, yet another state is currently debating whether to create legislation that would force courts to begin each case from a position that shared custody is the best possible outcome.

Post-divorce back-to-school tips for Punta Gorda parents

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and for parents who have gone through a recent divorce, this can be a challenging time of year. Sending the kids off for the first day of school is something of a family tradition for many, and when one parent is suddenly left out, it can feel devastating. That is especially true on special years, like the first day of kindergarten or high school. The following tips are offered in the hopes of easing the way for Punta Gorda parents who are getting ready for that all-important "first" post-divorce first day.

Could Punta Gorda parents lose custody over intelligence?

Most parents have no fear of losing their kids to state authorities, due to the fact that they provide a safe and loving home. Unfortunately, that is not always enough, and there are cases in Punta Gorda and elsewhere that place parents at odds with the state for reasons outside of abuse or neglect. An example is found in the case of a couple who lost custody of their kids due to concerns over their intellectual capabilities.

A child custody attorney can assist grandparents who seek custody

For some Florida families, a child custody fight does not feature the usual parties of a mother and father. There are cases in which grandparents seek custody of their grandchildren. These are often highly emotional cases, and can be difficult for everyone involved. Parents have a constitutional right to care for their children, and mounting a case to have those rights limited or terminated is a challenge. Grandparents who want to be successful in court will need the services of a good child custody attorney.

Florida readers to follow Huma Abedin child custody case

Many readers are familiar with the humiliation that has faced top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Long considered one of Clinton's closest advisers and a personal friend, Abedin has largely chosen to remain outside of the spotlight during her political career. She has been thwarted in those efforts, however, by her husband's ongoing poor choices in regard to sexual behavior. Many in Florida are aware that Anthony Weiner, once a congressman, is now facing federal prison time for his involvement in sending sexual text messages to a teenage girl.

Child custody attorney could assist in same-sex parent cases

For many same-sex couples in Florida and across the nation, the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has led to a great many improvements in their lives. The ability to marry is a right that has been a long time coming, and families across the nation have taken advantage of that right to begin building their families. Even so, same-sex couples still face challenges when it comes to parental rights, and some are fighting back by taking their cases through the court system with the help of a child custody attorney.

Shared parenting can work for many Florida families

When contemplating divorce, many parents cannot bear the thought of losing access to their children. The end of a marriage does necessitate a change in parenting schedules, but those changes do not have to be negative. There is a wide body of research that supports the notion that shared child custody is a great structure for families, and Florida spouses are encouraged to give this approach careful consideration.