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Ft. Lauderdale Family Law Blog

Sometimes you have to march against your loved ones to save them

You watch your loved one spiral out-of-control, and it wreaks havoc on everyone involved. You fear losing him or her and wonder what to do next. When a loved one reaches the point where the substance abuse completely takes over and endangers him or her, the Florida Marchman Act provides you a way to get your loved one much needed help.

Marc Anthony getting a divorce

Dade and Broward County residents are no strangers to the saga of Latin singer Marc Anthony (and, of course, his ex Jennifer Lopez). We saw that previous marriage from up close and watched it unravel. Now, Anthony is getting a divorce from his third wife. The couple was married in 2014 and never had any children together, though his soon-to-be-ex has a 9-year-old child from another marriage.

Should I consider divorce mediation?

The process of getting divorced can understandably be a stressful experience both emotionally and financially. However, it is possible to minimize the conflict that two divorcing individuals in Florida experience during this type of family law proceeding. Divorce mediation is one way of helping to reduce conflict regarding matters such as asset division and child custody.

Should I get a divorce?

Deciding when to end a marriage is one of the hardest things you'll ever do in life. In fact, most people spend years trying to either decide whether it's the right thing to do or just get up the courage to do it. Perhaps it's because filing for divorce feels like a failure. Many are worried about what friends and family will think. Some hang on to the age-old stigma that says divorce isn't an option. Or, they stay in it "for the kids."

Florida's domestic violence statistics are disturbing

It's an understatement to say that domestic violence is a devastating reality in this country. In fact, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says that 10 million people a year are abused by a partner, which equates to 20 people every minute.

Drafting a sustainable co-parenting plan

Divorce or separation is often hardest on the youngest members of the family. In order to provide continuity of lifestyle and stability, many parents choose to co-parent. This decision is not best for every Florida family, but it may provide your family with the ability to accommodate unique needs while still allowing both parents to maintain a strong relationship with the kids.

How is paternity established?

Establishing paternity is an important legal step. For the mother, it can mean getting the financial support she needs to raise the child. For the father, it can mean the right to be a part of the child's life. Maternity is pretty easy to determine, but paternity can be a little more tricky. For instance, you might think that being listed on the birth certificate effectively makes someone the father. Not true. The mother can list anyone she wants as the father on the birth certificate.

The difference between divorce and legal separation

It happens even in marriages that are seemingly perfect; at one point or another, everyone has considered the prospect of getting a divorce. It may be a momentary thought during a particularly difficult fight or it could be a nagging notion that grows into something bigger. If divorce feels too final or the couple thinks there may be an inkling of a chance to save the marriage, there is another option and it's called legal separation.