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The importance of following the rules in Florida courts

Parents faced with contentious child custody cases are often highly emotional. It can be easy to let those emotions take over, but it's very important to try and avoid that outcome. Emotion tends to easily overpower reason, and that's when things can quickly take a turn for the worst, especially for Florida parents who take their custody battles before a court of law. 

Divorce is not the only time a child custody battle may arise

Not every Florida parent facing contentious disputes regarding who should have custody of his or her children happens to be married. In fact, sometimes, child custody battles involve two parents who were never married to each other but have one or more children together. Rising NBA star Bryn Forbes' current situation is an example of this.

Florida parents lose custody based on religious beliefs?

In most child custody matters, parents can be certain that their religious beliefs and practices will not come into play. However, there are cases in Florida and elsewhere in which concerns over religious practice do play a role. An example is found in what may be the first child custody case in which one parent is accusing the other of indoctrinating a child into extremist Muslim beliefs.

Child custody attorney argues for same-sex parental rights

Florida readers will not be surprised to hear that another custody battle is underway involving same-sex parents. Although the Supreme Court legitimized same-sex marriage, matters of child custody and parental rights remain somewhat unsettled. A child custody attorney faces an uncertain outcome in these matters as families struggle with these difficult decisions.

A Florida child custody attorney can help you find solutions

If you are currently navigating or have recently gone through the divorce process in Florida, you are likely no stranger to challenge and stress. Depending on your individual circumstances, your experience may be somewhat benign or something akin to a living nightmare. Hopefully, it is the former, not the latter. In either case, a child custody attorney may be a great asset if the problems you are facing have to do with your new parenting plan.

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.