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How will my Criminal Record Affect my Child Custody Order?

By Steve W. Marsee |

As any parent with a parenting plan knows, the court tailors every child’s parenting plan to his or her unique needs and circumstances. That means that even if your lifestyle is substantially similar to your best friend’s, your parenting plan could be quite different from his or her parenting plan. When the court creates… Read More »

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What Do my Relationships Have to Do with my Child Custody Order?

By Steve W. Marsee |

As a parent of one or more minor children, a child custody order is part of your divorce order. When Florida courts create child custody orders, they consider a variety of factors to determine the parenting plan that is in each child’s best interest. This is why parenting plans can vary so widely from… Read More »

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Going Back to School with your Parenting Plan

By Steve W. Marsee |

If you finalized your divorce recently, you and your children have probably experienced a lot of “firsts” this year. As your children’s first summer vacation with a parenting plan draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the next big “first” they have coming up: their first new school year with a… Read More »

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How to Interact with Child Protective Services

By Steve W. Marsee |

Child custody can be a complicated, emotionally difficult topic for parents. In an effort to gain full custody of their children, some parents make false accusations that their former partners are abusing their children. In other cases, parents, teachers, and other mandated reporters genuinely believe that children are being abused and make reports to… Read More »

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Determining your Child’s Best Interests

By Steve W. Marsee |

When the court develops a parenting plan for a child, it considers a set of factors about the child’s lifestyle and needs to determine the plan that most effectively serves the child’s best interests. In most cases, it is in the child’s best interest to continue having a consistent relationship with both parents. The… Read More »

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Can my Child Choose His or Her Parenting Plan?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In a word, no. Your child’s parenting plan is created according to what the court deems to be in his or her best interest, and to determine this, it considers a series of factors about your child’s needs and both parents’ lifestyles. Your child’s preference is one of the factors the court may consider,… Read More »

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Does an Unmarried Father Have the Right to Stop an Adoption in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

For married fathers, parental rights are automatically granted when their wife gives birth. A married mother cannot put a child up for adoption unless she has the consent of the legal father (her husband) or has good cause to take action to get her husband’s parental rights removed. For unmarried fathers, establishing parental rights… Read More »

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I am a Grandparent. What are my Custodial Rights to my Grandchildren?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, grandparents have the right to pursue custody of their grandchildren under certain circumstances. Many people misunderstand the concept of grandparents’ rights and assume that grandparents automatically have the right to visits and the pursuit of custody of their grandchildren. This is not true. Only a child’s legal parents have these rights from… Read More »

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Can I Prevent or Limit the Other Parent’s Right to Visit My Child?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Florida policymakers believe that is inherently in the best interest of children for them to have an ongoing relationship with both of their parents. As a result of this preference, joint custody and shared parental responsibility is heavily favored in the state. Of course, we all know that some parents are not truly capable… Read More »

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How Does a Married Man Prove He is Not the Father of a Child?

By Steve W. Marsee |

If a married woman gives birth in Florida, her husband is assumed to be the father of the child. The husband at the time of the birth is automatically granted the parental rights and parental responsibilities. This is true even if the couple gets divorced soon after the birth; the parental rights and responsibilities… Read More »

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