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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

Attorney Silvia S. Lopez Barrera joins the Rice Law Firm
Attorney Silvia S. Lopez Barrera joins the Rice Law Firm Tue, Mar 09, 2021 Attorney Silvia S. Lopez Barrera has joined the Rice Law Firm as an associate in the family law division. Ms. Lopez Barrera is a civil litigator with experience in both prosecuting and defending Dependency cases. Ms. Lopez Barrera began her career as... Read More

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

Is the Gift Valid?
Is the Gift Valid? Thu, Jun 11, 2020 It is not uncommon for me to come across clients who claim that family members wrongfully received property from a loved one prior to their passing. This “gift” often contravenes provisions founds within a decedent’s Last Will and Testament. An exa... Read More

Should I start my divorce during the COVID crisis?
Should I start my divorce during the COVID crisis? Tue, Jun 02, 2020 Our courts may be closed to foot traffic for the time being, but the health crisis has forced us to handle cases in new ways.   Normal divorce practice involves the use of electronic filing for pleadings and email exchange of documents between the pa... Read More

What are the Benefits of Filing First in a Divorce?
What are the Benefits of Filing First in a Divorce? Thu, Apr 30, 2020 During a consultation, prospective clients often ask if there are any advantages to being the first one to file for divorce. Many people worry that filing first will lead the judge to believe that the filing spouse is the one “destroying” the marriag... Read More

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