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Father’s Rights and Florida’s New Paternity Law

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A significant announcement was recently made that could potentially transform the lives of countless families across Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a new law recognizing the rights of unwed fathers, which came into effect on July 1, 2023. This amendment to Florida's "natural guardians" law (Section 744.301) heralds a significant milestone in the fight for paternal rights and recognizes the integral role fathers play in the lives of their children. Before this amendment, the legal guardianship of a child born to unwed parents was defaulted to the mother. Now, a bipartisan effort has revised the statute to ensure that both...

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How Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce Case in Florida

Social Media Can Affect Your Divorce Case in Florida

In today's digital age, social media has permeated nearly every aspect of our lives, and the legal realm is no exception. As a prominent Florida law firm specializing in family law, we have observed firsthand how social media can affect your divorce case in Florida. We'll explore the potential influence of social media on your divorce case and offer some practical advice for navigating this complex landscape.       Social Media as Evidence   It's important to understand that any information shared on social media can be used as evidence in court. Photos, posts, comments, or messages that indicate marital misconduct, such as infidelity or...

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Child Support Laws in Florida | Frequently Asked Questions

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Child support is an essential aspect of family law, ensuring the financial well-being of children following a divorce or separation. Understanding the child support laws in Florida is crucial for parents navigating the complexities of child support obligations. In this blog post, we will address frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to child support laws in Florida, providing clarity and guidance on key aspects of child support calculations, modifications, enforcement, and more.   How is child support calculated in Florida? Child support in Florida is calculated using the Income Shares Model, which takes into account the incomes of both parents, the number of children,...

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Explaining the Role of a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in Family Law Cases in Florida Courts

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  Family law cases involving children can be complex and emotionally charged. When determining child custody, visitation rights, or other matters that impact the child's well-being, the court may appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to represent the child's best interests. In Florida, the role of a GAL is critical in ensuring that the child's needs and rights are protected. In this blog post, we will explain the role of a Guardian Ad Litem in family law cases within Florida courts, shedding light on their responsibilities and the value they bring to the legal process.   Definition and Purpose of a Guardian Ad...

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A Closer Look at Family Court in Orlando

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Family court is a specialized branch of the judicial system that deals with legal matters related to family relationships, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, and domestic violence. In Orlando, Florida, the family court system plays a vital role in resolving family law disputes and ensuring the well-being of families. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at family court in Orlando, including its structure, processes, and the services it provides to individuals and families. Structure of Family Court in Orlando: Family court in Orlando is part of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, which covers...

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