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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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Relocation and Co-parenting: Creating a Parenting Plan

When the custodial or noncustodial parent has decided that a relocation is inevitable, presenting a clear parenting plan to the co-parent should be the next step. First, it shows the court and those involved that you are committed to keeping the other parent involved in the child’s life. Second, it can save you a large,…

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Relocation and Co-parenting: Deciding What’s Best

Relocation after a divorce or separation can be a fairly common occurrence, but when children are involved, there are more intricacies to consider. In an effort to minimize the drastic changes in a child’s life after divorce, the co-parents should carefully determine if a relocation is in the best interest of the child. Changes to Routine…

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Child Custody: Temporary Custody by Extended Family

Once upon a time, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for families to decide among themselves who would care for the children. In some instances, grandchildren were raised by grandparents or aunts and uncles would step in and raise nieces and nephews. While this happens every day across America, it is becoming more and more…

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Child Custody: Parenting Plans and Time-sharing

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Some common terms that come to mind when considering child custody matters are joint custody and visitation. While used often in conversation, these terms are outdated in Florida family law courts. In 2011, Governor Scott passed a bill establishing the terms parental responsibility and parental time-sharing, to eliminate the need to identify primary and secondary parents.…

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