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Understanding Adoption in Florida

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Whether you’re in Florida or somewhere else, adoption is a legal process. The type of adoption you are looking to pursue will determine whether you need an adoption attorney or if a notary will suffice. In most adoption situations, you want an attorney. They understand the proper procedures which help to avoid disappointment and heartbreak.…

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What You Can Do as a Victim of Domestic Violence

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No one deserves to be abused. Your abuser may want you to believe it’s your fault that you’re being hit, punched, or otherwise hurt. It’s not. Abusers often isolate their victims so that they have no where to turn. If you feel you are stuck in an abusive relationship, there are many organizations throughout the…

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3 Ways a Mediator Can Help You with Your Co-Parenting Plan

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Are you getting ready to discuss a co-parenting plan with your ex-spouse? In many cases, the assistance of a mediator can help your entire family reach the best resolution. Mediators protect the interests of each family member and provide insight throughout the mediation process. Here are a few ways a dedicated mediation expert may be…

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3 Things That May Complicate Grandchild Adoption (But They Don’t Have To!)

Adoption isn’t simple, and when inter-family relationships are involved, it can feel even more complicated. It doesn’t have to be, though! Family law attorneys like those of us here at Wagstaff Law Office guide families through the intricacies of inter-family adoption often. Here are three challenges you may encounter as you work through adoption proceedings.…

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Tips for a Civil Co-Parenting Relationship

While your relationship with your former spouse changes after the end of your marriage, any children you had together still love both of you as their parents. It can be difficult to adapt to a new lifestyle and a new way of communicating with each other after the divorce, for you and your kids. With…

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Tips to Make Shared Custody Easier on Your Kids

Shared custody, sometimes called shared parenting, isn’t easy for anyone, but if the judge granted both parents time with the children, you want to make it as easy on them as possible. There are some things you can do to help your children thrive in both homes. 1. Set Reasonable Exchange Times If your children…

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Post-Divorce Matters: Landing in Contempt of Court

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Post-Divorce Matters: Landing in Contempt of Court Following a divorce settlement, whether intentional or unintentional, an ex-spouse can find themselves in contempt of court if they violate any part of the court order. This is a serious matter and can result in civil or criminal penalties. Even if the divorce proceedings were amicable with little…

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Post-Divorce Matters: Changes in Child Custody

Post-Divorce Matters: Changes in Child Custody Parents of children under the age of 18 have the tremendous decision of child custody arrangements. In Florida, the courts factor in two types: time-sharing and parental responsibility. Time-sharing refers to the physical time shared between the parent and child, whereas, parental responsibility refers more to the decision-making ability…

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What is a Divorce Modification?

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Remember the saying “The only thing that is constant is change?” Even after a couple decides to reach a divorce settlement, there’s no doubt that at some point, one individual will experience a major life change that could indicate it’s time for a divorce modification. Basically, a divorce modification in simple terms is when one…

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Family Dynamics: Managing the Holidays

The holidays seem to be branded as the “most wonderful time of the year,” but if you are divorced or unmarried with children, it can be the “most stressful time of the year.” Depending on your parenting plan or the terms of your divorce, sharing time with children during the biggest holidays of the year…

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