Custody Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 7

Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 2, 2011 – In order to change the current child support being paid, an individual must allege a “substantial change in circumstances”. The Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Program has noticed that requests for child support modifications have more than doubled during the last few years in the Tampa Bay area. “Many people are requesting modifications not because they don’t want to pay, but because they have circumstances out of their control wherein they can’t afford the monthly child support,” said Brandon family law attorney Joshua Law, who practices law at Osenton […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 7, 2011 – With the number of children born out-of-wedlock increasing, sometimes it takes effort to determine who a child’s biological father really is. Legally, if the mother is not married at the time of having a child and the boyfriend and her do not mutually agree that he is the father, the child does not have a legal father and the mother is considered the sole legal parent. “Establishing paternity is essential to ensure the child receives numerous benefits, such as insurance, child support and in many cases Social Security benefits,” said Zephyrhills […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2011 – Emotions are swirling when a spouse finally decides to get divorced. For many people, a crumbling marriage can be a stressful and painstaking time to try to figure out the next steps ahead. An individual’s confidence plummets as all the legal, financial, and even child-related issues start to mount. A qualified divorce attorney will help an individual consider their options and help save them from turmoil as much as possible. After being served with a divorce petition, the other spouse has 20 days to respond to the petition. A court hearing […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2011 – The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary recently had a hearing on “Helping Law Enforcement Find Missing Children”. A shocking statistic the president of The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) shared is that, “most of the AMBER alerts in the last four years were issued for children who were abducted by family members.” Most of the abductions involve a biological parent that does not have legal custody of the child or a close relative. In these dire circumstances, immediate legal action is needed to protect the child’s interests. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2011 – Osenton Law Offices has announced the firm will host the Osenton Law Offices Seminar Series. The seminars will occur at the firm’s office in Brandon. The firm has hosted free bankruptcy seminars since 2009 and now the series has expanded to include other legal areas. On June 21, attorney Laurel Tesmer will present a free seminar on divorce, child custody, and other family law issues at 6 p.m. Tesmer is the lead Brandon divorce attorney at the firm and a member of the Marital and Family Law Sections of the Florida […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2011 – Denver family law attorney Bill Thode sees many parents that struggle with the division of parental rights and responsibilities during a divorce. Each spouse jockeys to get full custody of the child and becomes encompassed by this demand. “What’s important to understand is that Colorado courts care about the best interests of the child, not necessarily the parent,” said Thode, who has spent more than a decade helping hundreds of clients with their family law and other matters. “Parenting rights are not awarded on a winner-takes-all approach.” A recent book, Building […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2011 – Currently, there are 25 arrest warrants in Zephyrhills for child support that is past due. When a person has a significant life change, they may be able to modify their court-ordered child support so they do not wind up in jail or court. More importantly, child support cannot generally be modified retroactive to the date the supplemental petition is filed, so waiting to file allows a large arrearage to accrue. Be aware that it can take some time after filing to have a final hearing on the modification, but the judge […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2011 – Separated or divorcing couples should be overly cautious at tax time in April. Stories about a spouse signing blank 1040s and not even getting copies of a tax return increase this time of year and can have big consequences. Spouses who spite their other half oftentimes resort to conniving, damaging acts of retribution during tax time when they know the marriage is headed downhill. Each person must be mindful of assets and debts as they proceed to a divorce. Hiding or selling assets without permission can make proceedings ugly. And sometimes […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2011 – Divorces that go smoothly without lawyers and thorough negotiations can come back to haunt individuals many years later. Tampa family law attorney Laurel A. Tesmer recently had a new client come to her for legal guidance with a stressful situation. The client’s ex-spouse did not fill out the divorce paperwork correctly and did not pay the house mortgage, leaving her liable. “Time after time, we hear about sad events like this,” said Tesmer, who counsels clients at Osenton Law Offices, P.A. “If the paperwork is not filled out correctly, an individual […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2011 – The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a study showing that child support collections decreased for the first time since Congress created enforcement departments in 1975. The recession is a big factor, but so is the ability to find parents who are trying to hide from child support payments or who are unemployed. The National Electronic Child Support Resource System was developed to help parents enforce and collect child support. It can assist in finding a delinquent parent and the amount of back child support owed. Even if a parent moves […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 25, 2011 – Spring Break is coming up and with it thousands of divorced parents are going over their time sharing and parenting plans. Since the Florida divorce courts now focus on equal time sharing and herald the value of children spending time with their birth father and mother, it is important to know how holidays and other popular breaks influence the parenting plan. An experienced family law attorney can help parents negotiate and overcome the challenges of a shared parenting plan. An attorney will help create a plan that is workable, keeps the […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2011 – A recent court case highlights the way family courts could decide relocation cases. In Debra Baker v. James Baker from Suffolk County, New York, the judge ruled that Debra was deemed the more fit parent and could move the children to Florida and allow the father to “virtually visit” through Skype, phone conversations and in-person visits during school vacations. Virtual visitation can be a good tool to make it easier for divorced parents to be a part of their children’s lives. Skype, online games and other webcam programs are affordable and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2011 – In 2011, almost half of all kids in America live in divorced or separated families. When parents go through a divorce, many of them ask if their child or children can testify or speak to the judge as part of their child custody case. In Florida, a family law judge can weigh the preferences of the child when it comes to timesharing or parenting plans, as the best interests of the child are mostly focused on. Children who are under 18 might not be allowed to testify as a judge could […]


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Denver, CO (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2011 – Colorado has the most divorces in January more than any other month of the year. Dubbed “Divorce Month”, January is time to break through the forced civility of the holidays to focus on what is healthy not only in a relationship but what is best for children in a family too. For a divorce and child custody agreement to be a mutually beneficial process, it is best to consult a family law attorney early on to expedite the process with a soon-to-be ex and navigate the court system in the most […]


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Consumer bankruptcy filings for the first half of this year are currently at record levels. There is evidence to suggest that a good number of these scenarios include divorce situations where a spouse is receiving or paying for child support and/or alimony. Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2010 – “Child support payments and spousal support payments generally cannot be discharged in bankruptcy,” said Tampa bankruptcy lawyer Reginald Osenton of Osenton Law Offices in Brandon, Florida. “This means that a parent who owes child support cannot usually escape meeting those obligations, no matter whether it is Chapter 7 or […]


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