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Bad things can happen to good people at anytime. There are some times during the course of a marriage or relationship where the marriage breaks down or there are issues in the marriage that lead to a break up of the family unit. This can also happen for unmarried couples who share a minor child. It is always better to have someone else on your side when you are facing a family conflict.


Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage refers to the dissolution or the legal end of a marriage. Every state has its own legal requirements governing when a divorce may be granted. These legal requirements may include a residency requirement, grounds or a reason for the divorce, among others.

Child Custody

First, while we use the term “custody” because that is how people generally recognize the term, Florida uses the term “time-sharing” and the concepts of custody and visitation are no longer a part of Florida law in the Family Law/Domestic Relations courts. Because most citizens recognize the term “custody” still, we use the term in this article. However, the first sign of a good Family Law Attorney is one who quickly tells you that custody is no longer a legal term in Florida in dissolution and paternity actions.

Child Relocation

Whether it’s across the country or down the block, moving can be stressful. Experts agree this is particularly true for young children, who often fear leaving their friends and familiar surroundings for a new home. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 10 million children relocate each year, leaving many parents to struggle with how to create a smooth move for their kids.

Child Support

Child support is an amount of money that one parent is obligated to pay the other after a divorce. The money is used to pay for the cost of the expenses relating to the children. This includes basic living expenses, clothing, food, and extra items that we all know kids ask for on a regular basis. The amount of money that has to be paid out for child support will depend on many factors.

Modification Of Divorce Or Custody

After an initial custody determination was made (for older divorces) or a time-sharing schedule was established (for more recent divorces), the best interest of the child is not the first aspect of time-sharing the court will consider to modify the time-sharing/custody.


Mediation is a confidential process that allows parents, spouses or couples to create their own law or agreement. If you feel that your case could be settled without the necessity of litigation or a judge deciding your fate then mediation is a great option.  You can select mediation as an option prior to filing an action for divorce or child disputes.  In fact, prior to having the judge decide your fate after filing a dispute with the court you will most likely be required to attend mediation. Instead of leaving your future and the future of your children to the decision of a judge that knows nothing about your family, try negotiating and agreeing on terms that you and your children can live with. Mediation is especially valuable when there are children involved because it allows the parents to make the rules specific to their family dynamics.

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