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When child custody disputes go to court

Florida parents who are getting a divorce and who are engaged in a child custody dispute might need to turn to litigation if they cannot resolve it in negotiations. Avoiding a child custody battle is the best course of action, but if this is not possible, parents can also use strategies in court that may increase the likelihood that they will be awarded custody. Parents should familiarize themselves with custody laws and may want to consult an attorney.

Proposed revamping of alimony laws is stopped

Residents of Florida who are getting a divorce and are concerned about alimony may be interested to know that an attempt to overhaul the state's alimony laws has failed this year. Although an agreement between advocates for alimony reform and The Florida Bar was reached, the bill will not be scheduled for a hearing. According to the chairman for the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs, there are other more important issues regarding the welfare and safety of children that the committee has to address.

Mel B files for divorce, seeks full custody of daughter

Florida residents going through a divorce may be interested in learning that, on April 7, it was reported that singer Mel B was requesting full custody of her daughter. The former Spice Girl had originally requested joint custody of the child she had with her former husband but ultimately altered the divorce petition as a result of her ex's violent history.

What to do and what not to do during a marital separation

In some cases, a Florida couple may decide to physically separate while they decide whether or not they want to stay married. Separating for several months can also help when couples are trying to work on their marriage, as time and space can help them determine if the marriage was good for them or if they are emotionally better off on their own. For couples who are considering this, there are certain things that they should keep in mind.

why you need an underage drinking defense

If you are like many parents, you worry about the future of your children. You want the best for them and want nothing holding them back. Unfortunately, some minors in Florida are charged with underage drinking even if they were only holding alcohol for someone else or just sitting at a table that had alcohol on it. Learn why having an underage drinking defense is important to protect your teen's future.

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