f you're contemplating divorce, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of information available to you on the internet. It's no surprise that in today's internet-driven world there are thousands of blogs, self-help websites, and legal advice sites available to you. But, what happens if you listen to the wrong advice and make a mistake when filing your divorce? Or, what if you can't interpret your state divorce laws and you lose your rights to marital property in your divorce? Although most states don't require you to hire a lawyer, sometimes it might be the best way to protect your…
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Child Custody Overview
Child custody: an overview In cases of divorce, the court of jurisdiction for the divorce proceedings also determines child custody arrangements. Under the common statutory provision, if the spouses have children together while married, the parents have joint guardianship over that child and the parental rights are equal. Each parent has an equal right to the custody of the child when they separate. When determining the home in which to place the child, the court strives to reach a decision in "the best interests of the child." A decision in "the best interests of the child" requires considering the wishes…
Child Support and How a Lawyer can Help
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How Is Child Custody Determined?
In any situation where child custody rights are at issue, a number of key questions are raised. If you're going through a divorce, you'll want to know whether your child will live primarily with you, and if not, whether will you'll be able to make important decisions as to how your child will be raised. If you're a close relative or family friend of a child who is not your own, you may be wondering if getting custody of that child is even a possibility. Answers to these questions are at the root of most custody situations, but for parents…
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Tampa Divorce Lawyer
The process of filing for divorce in St. Petersburg can be a painful and lengthy one. Even couples who agree to separate may end up in a sour battle over money and especially the children. Regardless of whether you and your spouse have a pre-nuptial agreement or not.
Sadly, the Department of Children and Families in St. Petersburg often abandons common sense in favor of political pressure. And many otherwise normal families find themselves torn apart by shelter hearings followed by months and years of dependency proceedings and criminal investigations.
Know your rights as a parent in child custody cases
Child custody and parenting arrangements The aim of family law The law’s main concern is to ensure that a child’s best interests are met by being protected from physical or psychological harm and having both parents involved meaningfully in their lives. A court considers many factors when deciding what types of arrangements are in a child’s best interests. The law encourages parents and other people interested in a child’s welfare to agree on arrangements, including where they’ll live, how they’ll be financially supported and what their relationship with family members will be. Making an agreement If both you and the…