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Are there requirements to adopt a child?

Adoption is an intensive process for parents. Adoption agencies want to ensure that a prospective parent meets certain requirements, which ensures that children are placed into loving and supportive homes. While these requirements tend to vary based on the type of adoption and the agency you're working with, there are general rules that apply in most cases.

How is paternity determined in Florida?

Establishing paternity may be viewed by many in Sarasota as little more than talk show fodder. This is no doubt due to the assumption that if there is even a question of paternity, it likely means that the man believed to be a child's father is trying to duck his parental responsibilities (such as paying child support). That such a thought is even implied might also lead many to assume that there is an element of vindictiveness present on the part of the child's mother. Yet that may rarely be the case. Most often, establishing paternity is simply meant to legally recognize the link between father and child. 

Determining the custody of pets

Most in Sarasota would likely agree that going into a divorce, one of the most potentially contentious issues a couple will deal with is the custody of their children. Family matters often involve a great deal of emotion, yet it should be remembered that parents and children do not always make up the entirety of a family. What about a couple's pets? Oftentimes, they are also viewed as being part of family. How, then, does the court determine who gets custody of them? 

Reclaiming a relationship with your grandchild

Family dynamics in Florida are often complicated. If your child has divorced their spouse or passed away, you may no longer enjoy spending time with your grandchildren due to visitation issues. At Schipani and Norman, P.A., we often represent clients who file for grandparent visitation rights.

Is your ex-spouse in a supportive relationship?

Despite the circumstances that led to your divorce in Sarasota, you may have no issue in helping your ex-spouse move on after your marriage has ended. That may include paying them spousal support (if you were the primary wage-earner in your marital home). Yet the purpose of spousal support is not for your to remain indebted to your ex-spouse indefinitely. If they have come to rely on that support as part of their income, they may look to do all they can to keep you obligated to pay it. 

How do you establish a domestic partnership in Florida?

If you and your same-sex partner wish to make your relationship legally binding in Florida, one of the ways you can do this is by establishing a domestic partnership. As the City of Sarasota explains, a domestic partnership consists of two adults who have met the criteria and who have filed an affidavit of domestic partnership registration.

Does Florida recognize common law marriage?

If you and your partner are currently living together in Florida without benefit of marriage, are the two of you nevertheless legally married even though you never went through a marriage ceremony? The answer to that question depends on the state in which you lived at the time you and your partner started living together.

What things can I legitimately spend my child support on?

As a divorced Florida parent receiving child support from your former spouse, you likely have nagging worries about how you can legitimately spend that money and who, if anyone, can take issue with the way you spend it. Fortunately for you, FindLaw explains that you can spend your child support money virtually however you want as long as those expenditures benefit your child in some way.

What are the advantages of mediation and how does it work?

You may have wanted to file for divorce for some time, but you are putting it off because of the potential nightmare of a court battle. You and other Florida residents have other options for ending your marriage, such as mediation. An uncontested divorce – meaning a divorce that is not litigated in court – is not for everyone, but if it works for you, you might find the advantages greatly relieve some of your stress during this heart-wrenching time.

How can child custody affect child support payments?

If you have recently filed for divorce in Florida, you may be dealing with strong emotions as you negotiate the terms of child custody and child support. Whether you receive sole physical custody of your child or you are working out a joint-custody arrangement, the amount of child support you receive or pay may be directly affected by the amount of time you spend with your child.

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