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What services are available for Children in Domestic Violence situations in Florida?

There are a variety of services available for children in domestic violence situations in Florida. These services include: Shelters: Domestic violence shelters provide safe and confidential housing for victims and their children. Shelters also offer a variety of other services, such as counseling, support groups, and educational programs for children. Hotlines: Domestic violence hotlines provide 24-hour support […]

What recent changes in Florida Family Law allow for modification of child support?

Recent changes in Florida family law allow for changes in child support if there has been a substantial change in circumstances. This means that either parent can file a petition with the court to modify the child support order if their income, expenses, or living situation has changed significantly since the order was issued. Some […]

How is Domestic Violence considered in Child Custody within Florida Family Law?

Domestic violence is considered very seriously in child custody cases in Florida. Courts will always prioritize the safety and welfare of the child when making custody decisions. If there has been any domestic violence between the parents, the court will consider a number of factors when determining custody, including: The severity and frequency of the […]

What are the new changes for Unmarried Fathers’ in Florida?

As of July 1, 2023, unmarried fathers in Florida have the same legal rights and responsibilities as married fathers, without having to go through the court system. This is a significant change, as unmarried fathers previously had to file a paternity petition and establish paternity in court before they could have any legal rights to […]

What is Alimony Reform in Florida?

  Alimony reform in Florida is a series of changes to the state’s alimony laws that took effect on July 1, 2023. The most significant change is the abolition of permanent alimony. Under the new law, courts can only award temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony, or bridge-the-gap alimony. Temporary alimony is designed to provide financial support to […]

What are some major changes in Family Law within Florida?

The following are some major changes in family law within Florida that took effect on July 1, 2023: Alimony reform: Permanent alimony is now abolished in Florida. Instead, courts will order temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony, or bridge-the-gap alimony, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Unmarried fathers’ rights: Unmarried fathers who acknowledge paternity now have the […]

What does it mean in family law when they say “best interest of the child?”

In family law, the phrase “best interest of the child” refers to the legal standard that courts use to make decisions about child custody, visitation, and child support. This standard is based on the principle that the child’s best interests are the primary consideration in all family law matters. The best interest of the child […]

How does Child Support work in Florida

In Florida, child support is calculated using a formula that takes into account the income of both parents and the number of children. The formula is designed to ensure that both parents contribute to the financial support of their children, regardless of their income. The amount of child support is set by the court, and […]

How does a Guardian Ad Litem work in Florida?

A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is a person appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child in a legal proceeding. GALs are typically attorneys or social workers who have been trained to work with children and families. They investigate the child’s situation and make recommendations to the court about what they […]