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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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When Can Florida Courts Deviate from the Child Support Guidelines?

By Steve W. Marsee |

The state of Florida has established official guidelines for calculating child support payments. These guidelines are meant to establish a baseline for a child support award. As such, there is a general presumption that the guidelines will produce a figure that is fair to both parents and to the children. However, these guidelines are… Read More »

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Can My Ex Move Our Children Out of State?

By Steve W. Marsee |

When parents share joint custody of their children, relocating can be a huge issue. Indeed, one parent moving across the state, or out of the state, makes child time sharing a logistical nightmare. As such, when joint custody exists, parents do not have the right to simply pick up and move a child across… Read More »

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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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Parenting Plans in Florida: Understanding the Basics

By Steve W. Marsee |

Under Florida law, whenever a case involves time-sharing and minor children, the parents must craft a ‘parenting plan’. In fact, parenting plans are even required in cases where there is no actual disagreement between the two parents. Florida courts look to the parents to come up with an equitable plan that is in the… Read More »

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Obtaining a Domestic Violence Injunction in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

Unfortunately, domestic violence is a reality in some relationships. If you are going through a violent situation, you are not in this by yourself. Please seek help. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that more than 100,000 domestic violence cases are reported within the state of Florida each year. Laws in this state… Read More »

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Florida Child Custody: Emergency Change in Circumstances

By Steve W. Marsee |

No child custody agreement is every truly finalized. Florida courts always retain the ability to alter agreements in any case where it is deemed necessary or to be in the best interests of the child to do so. This is known as a post-judgment modification and it can be sought for a variety of… Read More »

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Is My Retirement Account a Marital Asset In Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

As a general rule, a retirement account, and any other assets obtained during a marriage, will be considered marital property for the purposes of asset division. The division of a retirement account can be among the biggest sticking points in a divorce case. This is not surprising, as these accounts are often one of… Read More »

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Florida Timesharing Disputes: Understanding the Best Interests of the Child Standard

By Steve W. Marsee |

It is always best to find a collaborative solution to any child-related issues. Unfortunately, that is not possible in every case. Sometimes, a Florida court will need to make the final decision. In these cases, courts will seek to resolve child custody disputes using the state’s ‘best interests of the child’ standard. Put simply,… Read More »

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Florida Child Support: Special Considerations for Cases Involving a High-Income Parent

By Steve W. Marsee |

Child support is an issue in many divorce and child custody cases. If you have minor children and you are getting divorced, or if you are going through a custody dispute, you need to understand how child support works. Your children must always be properly financially supported. At the same time, it is important… Read More »

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