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Child custody options

If you are a parent going through a divorce in Florida, you are likely concerned about what will happen to your children. The first question that many parents have concerns the options that are available for child custody. We at The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani have detailed the types of custody that may be arranged and what each one will mean for you.


The steps to adoption in Florida

Once you have decided to adopt a child in Florida, there are several things that you will need to do to prepare. We at The Law Offices of Philip J. Schipani are here to help you every step of the way as you grow your family through the process of adoption.


What is the Hague Convention

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, simply called the Hague Convention, is an international treaty that deals with cases of international child abduction. The most typical cases involve one parent taking a child out of the country and failing to return. While Florida courts may deal with situations when parents move away with the child, dealing with other countries may limit their reach.

In order to violate the Convention, the child must be younger than 16 years. The parent must also remove the child from the country where the child usually lives. Further, this removal must violate custody laws in the state where the child lives.

Do I need a prenuptial agreement?

In the days leading up to your wedding date, you may find yourself wondering if you need a prenuptial agreement. Everything may seem like it is perfect for you and your partner now, but you cannot predict the future. Not everyone who gets married in Florida stays together. It may not seem like the most romantic idea to think about, but doing so can make it easier for you and your partner to divide marital assets in a divorce. No matter how much or little you may bring to the table in your marriage, a prenuptial agreement can help you to protect yourself financially. 

Here are some considerations to keep in mind while you contemplate if you need a prenuptial agreement. 

Managing the strong emotions that can come with divorce

With divorce, there are a plethora of issues that couples may have to work through. For example, they may have no agreement on how to handle child custody, child support and other matters. At Philip J. Schipani, we know some of the other ways that divorce could affect you if you reside in Sarasota, or in another one of Florida’s counties. For example, you may have to work through very strong emotions, which can be especially true if you are going through a high asset divorce.

Any time a married couple splits up, these challenges can arise. However, if you have a high net worth, you may have far more at stake. As a result, you could experience even more stress while working through the divorce process. Moreover, people in this position may experience more anger or sadness. Unfortunately, emotions can get in the way of someone who is trying to work for an outcome that serves their best interests. If you are in the middle of a high asset divorce, you likely want to do everything in your power to accomplish an end result that is in your favor.

How to determine parenting time

One of the most difficult parts of going through a divorce in Florida can be determining parenting time. Shuffling schedules, making arrangements and communicating can be overwhelming, but having a plan set in place before the judge officially dissolves your marriage can make your co-parenting transition much smoother. We at The Law Offices of Philip J. Schipani not only help you divide your assets, we can also guide you through the process of determining your parenting time.


A grandparent’s visitation rights

With almost 20 percent of the population of Florida surpassing the age of 65 and around 75 percent of those seniors assumed to be grandparents, the issue of visitation rights for grandparents is a hot topic across the state. We at The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani understand these concerns and work hard to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given the visitation time that you deserve.


Dividing your artwork during divorce

Determining who gets what after a divorce in Florida can be stressful and complex. Generally, you will have to divide retirement accounts, vehicles, houses and debt, but one of the most difficult pieces of property to determine can be artwork. This is especially true if you are the artist. We at The Law Office of Philip J. Shipani have created this guide to help you know what to expect if you find yourself needing to split up your art.


Be careful what you post on social media during divorce

Posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram during a family law proceeding can be a mistake.  Divorce and child custody are adversarial proceedings, and the other side will gather information to undermine your position.  One of the ways they will do this is by seeing what you post on social media. 

Here are some examples of posts that can work against you during a divorce or child custody proceeding:

Making your custody case as stress-free as possible

Determining child custody in Florida can be a somewhat tiring process, especially because there are guidelines to keep in mind and follow. At the Law Office of Philip J. Schipani, P.A., we work hard to bring you all the information you could need about the process of determining child custody, as well as tips for making the process go by more quickly.

One way to eliminate stress is by working out rough estimates for the child support payments in advance. Money can always be a big contributing factor in arguments and distressing situations. By figuring out who will pay what early into the mediation process, you can immediately eliminate a big source of possible concern and focus instead on other parts of the custody case.

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