Custody Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 6

Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2012 – An appeals court is sending the daughter of a Colorado couple back to be with her father after her mother died. She has spent most of her life with her maternal step-grandmother. The couple never married and the mother moved out of Colorado shortly after the daughter was born, according to court records. When the child was about three years old, the mother died while living with Phyllis Meyer, the child’s grandmother. The father, Edward Thomas Slover, filed for child custody in Colorado but was denied because of substance abuse issues, […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2012 – It is no secret that raising a special-needs child can be a strain on a family and many marriages do not survive. The divorce rates among parents of special-needs children have been estimated as high as 85 percent. The medical challenges children face are as diverse as the children themselves. From attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder to cerebral palsy or epilepsy, children’s health care can be a big strain on a marriage. “We see a lot of clients with special-needs children and they usually know coming in the door […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2012 – There are a lot of painful emotions that come out during a divorce and many of them linger. One of the few things people can control during these difficult times is the financial paperwork they will need to make their lives easier in the coming months and years. “One of the first things to do is to get a new power of attorney,” said Brandon divorce lawyer Joshua Law. “Your ex probably had it before and your new power of attorney will nullify the old one. It can now be your […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2012 – The Colorado Supreme Court recently decided that for a new stepparent to formally adopt a child, the child’s biological parent would need to more than abandon the child for a year, but would need to intend to abandon the child. In this case, the child’s stepfather wants to adopt the child. Colorado law says the child’s biological father needs to give up any parental rights. The child’s biological father refused, so the stepfather then needed to prove that the biological father had abandoned the child. The law says a child is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2012 – A Florida man is planning to sue the City of Ft. Lauderdale over a child custody order from California that sent his daughter to the West Coast and back against his will and against the local police’s authority. The police took the man’s child in September and the child’s mother took the girl to California. The man got courts on both coasts to agree that local police needed a Florida judge’s approval before taking the child. “It’s important to know your rights as a parent in child custody cases,” said Brandon […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2012 – With a New Year comes resolutions and for many divorced parents there can be no more important decision than to resolve to spend more time with their children. An adjustment to a time sharing agreement can be an easy thing to do if the parents agree to the changes. If the adjustment is permanent, the parties should file a modified agreement with the court, to ensure that the new agreement replaces the old agreement. Modifying a time sharing agreement can be more difficult if one of the parents fights the changes, […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2012 – It is well-known in family law circles that January is the busiest month for divorce filings, but some are expecting January 2012 will be busier than the past few years because of the economy. “As the economy has begun to turn around and the jobless rate has fallen a little, there may be more couples who can now afford to get the divorce they may have wanted some time ago,” said Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker. Januarys are often busy months for divorce filings because many couples delay the decision until […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2012 – A recent child custody case in Colorado put a father in the unlikely position of having to prevent a non-parent guardian from taking custody of his daughter while his co-parent tried to take her out of state. Timothy Smith and Auriel Lauzon were divorced in 2006 and Lauzon was given majority parenting time by the courts. In 2008, Lauzon wanted to move out of state and Smith objected. Maybe less expectedly, the family’s babysitter Laura Silvernail also objected to the relocation. She contends that since she is already the adoptive parent […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2011 – The Florida Legislature may look at two bills in 2012 that could potentially reshape the Sunshine State’s alimony laws. State Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne and State Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla of Miami, both Republicans, have introduced bills into the State House and State Senate that would dramatically decrease the amount of alimony some Floridians would have to pay, according to Florida Alimony Reform. This is yet another change in an ongoing attempt to limit alimony. There were several changes made in the last two legislative sessions, which reveal […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2011 – The holidays are without question the toughest time of year for newly divorced couples and the children of their broken marriage. In order to minimize the stress that comes with the holiday season both parents must often go above and beyond what they think is reasonable in order to keep the peace. A fight with a former spouse during the holidays can cause more than an unhappy Christmas Eve. Sometimes that argument can have the unintended consequence of damaging the custody agreement. “This is the time of the year that the […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2011 – The Colorado Supreme Court set forth new guidelines this year for Child Family Investigators in the state’s family court system. The role of the CFI is to make sure that the best interests of the child or children in the case is fully explored and explained to the court, according to Michael Bender, chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court in a directive in April. The 16-page directive outlines the CFI’s role in the judicial system, the standard payment for the work they do and gives them standards to follow. “I […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2011 – A recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling settled an interstate child custody case in favor of the mother who moved two children across the country to Colorado and holds that New York courts no longer had jurisdiction in the case because the children had been gone for too long. The original custody agreement from the 2004 divorce gave the mother custody and gave the father visitation rights. Two years later, the mother moved the children to Massachusetts and four years after that the mother and children moved to Colorado. During the Colorado […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2011 – National Adoption Day is Nov. 19. This is a day to recognize and applaud the efforts of individuals and couples who decide to adopt a child and give them the chance to live in a safe, permanent, and caring home environment. According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, an estimated 107,000 children are in foster care and waiting to be adopted. Statistics show that many live with about three different caregivers throughout their time in the foster care system and oftentimes have no family support system to give them a […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) November 9, 2011 – An August ruling from a Colorado appellate court may make it more difficult to collect attorney’s fees when a parent violates a custody agreement. The Colorado Court of Appeals on Aug. 18 agreed with the trial court’s findings that the mother was in contempt for violating the agreement by ordering a CAT scan for the child without contacting the father first. But the court reversed the order for the mother to pay attorney’s fees because the contempt was a one-time violation. “Where remedial contempt only is ordered (and not punitive), attorney’s […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2011 – An article in the Sept. 26 issue of Time Magazine reports that the challenging housing market is leading to a trend among divorcing couples who let the children stay in the house while they rotate who stays with them. This trend is not without its challenges, but it highlights the lengths many divorcing parents are willing to go in order to do what is best for their children. “Every family is unique and needs to work through the challenges of divorcing parents differently,” said Zephyrhills family lawyer Marcie Baker. “A division […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2011 – A recent court case shows that unmarried child custody cases can be complex. A father from Florida is now in court after his casual love interest gave birth to their child and she put the child up for adoption. He filed with Florida’s Putative Father Registry shortly after she got pregnant and refused to authorize the adoption. Unfortunately, the mother moved to Utah before she gave birth, and there is a question as to whether or not he timely filed with their registry. He is now fighting in the Utah courts […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 13, 2011 – An unmarried father who wants to be an active part of his child’s life, but is prevented from doing so by the biological mother, needs to get prompt legal representation to uphold his rights. Many men feel they are at a loss when it comes to winning their case, but that cannot be farther from the truth. The family law courts must give equal time to hear each side of the child custody proceedings and rule in the best interests of the child. “In the last few decades, a real revolution […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2011 – A recent phone call that Brandon divorce attorney Joshua Law received reminded him of the importance of filing for divorce first. The individual wanted to get divorced, but was scared to serve papers on her soon-to-be ex. She did not want to be the person that pushed the divorce, but was also ready to move on. “The spouse who files first controls the divorce proceedings at the onset and gets to request temporary orders such as custody and who gets to stay in the home,” said Josh Law, who practices divorce […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2011 – A lot can happen over the summer with the kids and divorced parents. As kids are now back school, some parents want to bring up discussions about modifying the parenting agreement. Courts will approve a change in the visitation agreement when a child’s schedule changes. Variations such as a child going to school for the first time or school start and end times that conflict with a parent’s work schedule can merit a change. “Courts want a modification to make sense,” said Brandon child custody attorney Joshua Law, of Osenton Law […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2011 – The changes to the alimony laws via Senate Bill 1978 were nixed during Florida Senate sessions earlier this summer. However, a separate bill was passed, HB1111, and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott in late May. The bill is important as it further promotes Florida’s Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) to enforce support orders from foreign countries that recognize the Maintenance Convention. “Many individuals get very concerned when an ex moves to a foreign country and yet still owes monthly child support to help with all the needs of […]


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