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How can you adopt in Florida?

If you are eager to adopt, then you will want to know more about how adoption works in Florida. There are several different adoption agencies that include private and state agencies. Depending on the route you take toward adoption, you may wait months or years for placement.

Domestic partnership or marriage: Choosing the right relationship

If you are not married, then one type of relationship you should understand is called a domestic partnership. Domestic partnerships are similar to marriage and may apply to unmarried couples as well as those who are in same-sex relationships.

4 important factors in child custody cases

Florida's courts have a large amount of discretion when it comes to custody cases in Florida, which can be good or bad depending on the circumstances. There are many factors to consider in every case, including things like making sure the parents are of good moral standing and mentally healthy.

Know where you stand and get help with your divorce

There is no way to make a divorce emotionally easier on yourself other than to separate yourself from the people and things that may trigger emotions. However, there are many ways you can make a divorce easier in terms of the legal aspects of the case. From deciding on preferences for property division to setting up a parenting plan, being able to work with your spouse will help your divorce move more smoothly.

Fight for the spousal support you need after divorce

For many people, the idea of alimony isn't one they take lightly. Alimony awards essentially mean that there is no way to truly be free from your ex-spouse until the spousal support terms have been met. For people receiving alimony, the money is important, but so is peace of mind. Likewise, those who pay alimony may feel they're never able to be free of the other person or won't be for a long period of time.

Biological fathers get a win in Florida's courts

If you recall a previous post about a man who was intimate with a woman who became pregnant, gave birth and then refused to allow him to see the child due to her marriage and legitimacy laws in Florida, you'll be happy to see that the laws have now changed. In the past, laws allowed women who were married to keep a biological father out of the picture if he was not her husband. The child, to be "legitimate," would be the legal child of the woman's husband, even though he wasn't the biological parent and the biological parent may want to be involved in the child's life.

Parental alienation is a threat to a parent-child relationship

As a parent who has to spend time away from your child, you may fear that he or she will change his or her attitude toward you. In many cases, those fears are unfounded. However, there are times when children do seem to change and act out against one parent. Sometimes, this is due to parental alienation.

Is establishing paternity really that important?

When you found out that your ex-girlfriend was pregnant, you didn't think much of it. You hadn't been together long, so you didn't think the child was yours. Months later, you thought that you might be wrong. After all, the timing just might make sense. You decide you want to find out if you're the father of the child. This is a great choice and something you can do with an easy DNA test.

Sleep study shows couples separating due to poor sleep

For the second night in a row, you've left the bedroom to sleep somewhere else. Your spouse is hard to sleep with, and you're tired of not getting enough sleep of your own. Sometimes, couples have trouble in their lives because they simply can't get enough sleep. Trying to sleep together may result in rough nights and difficult days. This lack of sleep may also lead to problems in their marriages and eventual divorce.

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