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When Can Parental Rights Be Terminated in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, there is a strong legal preference in favor of both parents having a role in a child’s life. This means that, whenever reasonably possible, Florida courts prefer to award shared responsibility in an child custody case. Of course, that is only a general rule and it will not hold in every situation…. Read More »

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What Are the Rights of an Unmarried Father in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Legally speaking, there are “putative” and “biological” fathers. A putative father is someone who is presumed to be the father of an illegitimate child (i.e. offspring of unmarried parents). A biological father is one whose genes have been transmitted to the child, as opposed to adopting the minor. Establishing Paternity An unmarried father with… Read More »

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Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

Several courts across our nation recognize the importance of parent involvement in the lives of children. In fact, studies have shown that children who consistently communication – and even live with – both parents after divorce experience less stress. Under Florida law, it is the custodial parent’s responsibility to encourage and foster an ongoing… Read More »

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Mother of Malnourished Child Arraigned in Child Custody Case

By Steve W. Marsee |

The foster parents of a malnourished seven-month-old child released pictures that show that the infant is gaining weight and looking healthy. The mother had her child taken from her custody last month by state authorities after she absconded with the child after a well-being check by the Department of Child Protective Services. Jessica McCreery,… Read More »

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Grounds to Terminate Parental Rights in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

Being a parent is arguably the biggest responsibility that a person will ever take on in their life. Most parents perform this role well and serve as the protector, caretaker, and role model for their child. However, some parents do not live up to their responsibilities, and Florida law provides the means to terminate… Read More »

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