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Family Law: Becoming a Parent Once Again

July 25, 2017
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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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Family Law: Grandparent Visitation

July 11, 2017
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The bond between a grandparent and grandchild is a special connection that can get complicated when parents become separated or divorced. In many cases, grandparents and extended family such as aunts, uncles and cousins can find themselves wrapped in the turmoil. In an ideal situation, the children would maintain the relationships with their extended family,…

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Relocation and Co-parenting: Creating a Parenting Plan

June 22, 2017
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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

June 7, 2017
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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

May 18, 2017

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

May 5, 2017
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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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Florida Paternity Laws: Frequently Asked Questions

April 13, 2017
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Paternity laws vary from state to state making it difficult for parents to know what to expect when having a child as an unmarried couple. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding Florida paternity laws. If you have questions about paternity or your rights as a parent, contact us as soon as possible!…

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The Value of Establishing Paternity

April 12, 2017
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As family lawyers, we work with clients during some of the most challenging times in their lives. Cases in which paternity is in question are especially sensitive, as the outcome will significantly impact a child’s future. Whether it’s a mother trying to legally identify her child’s father or a father wanting visitation rights with his child,…

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4 Reasons to Consult a Lawyer Regarding Your Divorce Case

March 23, 2017
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The complexity of a divorce case is determined by several factors, including assets, the cooperation of each spouse, and children. If you’re considering a divorce or beginning the divorce process, don’t make the mistake of assuming your case will be simple enough to handle without legal representation. Here are four reasons why you should consider a divorce lawyer…

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Divorce with Children: Tips for a Smooth Transition

March 10, 2017

Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when children are involved. When families are separating, parents take extra caution to ensure that their kids are adjusting well to the news and the accompanying lifestyle changes. At Wagstaff, we understand how difficult this can be for parents who are also doing their best to…

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