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Injunctions What's Next?
Injunctions What's Next? Tue, Mar 22, 2022 An Injunction was Denied/Issued: What Can I Do Next? When a Judgment for an Injunction (A.K.A. “restraining order”) is issued against you or denied unfavorably, there can be many legal and personal pitfalls that follow. As the Petitione... Read More
By MaryCatherine Crock

2022 Alimony Reform: Proposed Changes to Watch
2022 Alimony Reform: Proposed Changes to Watch Mon, Feb 21, 2022 Florida legislators are again proposing significant reforms to Florida’s alimony law. There is a new bill pending in the Florida legislature: Senate Bill 1796 (2022), which seeks to reform laws related to alimony and bifurcation of issues in a ... Read More
By MaryCatherine Crock

COVID Vaccinations for Children amid Shared Parental Responsibility
COVID Vaccinations for Children amid Shared Parental Responsibility Wed, Jan 19, 2022 Shared Parental Responsibility for the children of divorced parents is the public policy of the State of Florida, except in extreme situations. Shared Parental Responsibility requires that parents confer regarding all major decisions involving the ch... Read More

Navigating the Murky Waters of Injunctions A.K.A. Restraining Orders                
Navigating the Murky Waters of Injunctions A.K.A. Restraining Orders                 Wed, Aug 11, 2021 Regardless of whether you are the Petitioner or the Respondent, the injunction process can be extremely confusing. There is no State Attorney representing the interests of the Petitioner. There is no Public Defender to protect the rights of the perso... Read More
By Silvia Lopez Barrera

Who Represents the Child?
Who Represents the Child? Tue, Jun 08, 2021 Your average dependency case involves several attorneys, and it is common for the roles to overlap. Often times you will hear several people in the courtroom say that they are arguing for “what is in the best interest of the child,” yet t... Read More
By Silvia Lopez Barerra

Can you call off your divorce once you start it?
Can you call off your divorce once you start it? Thu, Jun 03, 2021 The short answer is yes. There are many reasons why couples  start divorce proceedings and many reasons why they change their minds and decide to give the marriage a second or even third chance.  A good divorce lawyer honors and supports those decisi... Read More

Should I Surrender my Parental Rights?
Should I Surrender my Parental Rights? Mon, May 17, 2021 The Department won’t always support reunification between a parent and their child. Sometimes, addiction is too big of a challenge for a parent to conquer. Sometimes, socioeconomic status means that some parents will have serious disadvantages ... Read More
By Silvia Lopez Barrera

2021 Alimony Reform in Florida Dies
2021 Alimony Reform in Florida Dies Mon, Apr 26, 2021 Republican legislators have been trying to reform Florida’s alimony law for nearly a decade.  If parties are married 17 years or more in Florida, it’s considered a long term marriage with a presumption for permanent alimony.  Permanent can be an awfu... Read More

How to Prioritize the Tasks on my Reunification Case Plan
How to Prioritize the Tasks on my Reunification Case Plan Mon, Apr 19, 2021 When the Department decides to remove children from their parent’s care, it has one of two options; it can chose to provide the parent(s) with a case plan, or not. A proposed reunification case plan, is a list of tasks/services, that the Department w... Read More
By Silvia Lopez Barrera

Biology Does Not Guarantee Legal Rights for Fathers in Florida
Biology Does Not Guarantee Legal Rights for Fathers in Florida Mon, Apr 12, 2021 A “Prospective Parent” is a person who claims to be, or has been identified as, a person who may be a mother or a father of a child. A prospective parent, by definition, has not yet been legally recognized as the child’s parent. The distinction betwe... Read More
By Silvia Lopez Barrera

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