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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

Participant vs. Party - in DCF cases (Which one am I and what does that mean?)
Participant vs. Party - in DCF cases (Which one am I and what does that mean?) Tue, Mar 30, 2021 Dependency cases can involve several different people. Each one has a title and each one has a specific role to play in the case. However they do not all enjoy the same rights and privileges.  Whether you are classified as a “party,” a “participant,”... Read More
By Silvia Lopez Barrera

Divorce on the rise
Divorce on the rise Tue, Feb 09, 2021 It may come as no surprise that  the coronavirus crisis has caused a surge in divorce cases the world over.  Statistics in the U.S., Great Britain, China and Sweden confirm that increased pressures at home has led to the spike . Tensions created by t... Read More

4 Steps to Dividing Marital Assets in Florida
4 Steps to Dividing Marital Assets in Florida Tue, Dec 29, 2020 An equitable divorce is possible. Use this guidance to learn how you can protect yourself, your property, and your loved ones. Divorce is a subject that many people aren’t comfortable freely discussing. There are so many ideas and emotions surroun... Read More

4 Key Considerations for Co-Parenting This Summer
4 Key Considerations for Co-Parenting This Summer Mon, Jul 27, 2020 Many co-parents are familiar with the questions raised by the summertime—like where your child will spend their break from school, who will care for them while you or your co-parent is at work, and many more. Now, COVID-19 is bringing even more quest... Read More

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