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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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Mary Lou Miller Wagstaff, Esq. Named VP of the FLAFCC

Wagstaff Law Office, a family law attorney firm in Largo, announced the appointment of Mary Lou Miller Wagstaff, Esq. as Vice President of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC). FLAFCC is an organization of judicial, legal, mental health, financial and related professionals utilizing education, research and advocacy to improve…

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Family Dynamics: Estate Planning 101

School is almost back in session and for many parents, it’s time to celebrate! If your summer was packed with family trips or summer camp, back to school can mean back to reality for many of us. Similar to the concept of Spring cleaning, this is a great time of year to take a look…

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Family Law: Becoming a Parent Once Again

It’s your golden years. Empty nest syndrome has transitioned into completing your bucket list and reinvesting in yourself and your partner. Then, in the blink of an eye, everything changes. In many cases, children are left without one or both of their parents. It could be for a number of difficult reasons: Death or incapacitation…

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