November 2012 Archives

Fight for grandparents' visitation rights continues in Florida

In today's society, many grandparents play an active role in helping raise their grandchildren. But in spite of their involvement in the upbringing and care of their grandchildren, grandparents' rights are legally limited when it comes to visitation.

Millions of dollars owed in unpaid child support

In a divorce, separation or split-up with children, the custodial parent is entitled to child support from the non-custodial parent. Child support guidelines vary from state to state. Despite the law and guidelines, non-payment or underpayment of child support is on the rise. The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement estimated that nationwide more than $100 billion is owed to custodial parents and recent U.S. Census Bureau data reports that only 40 percent of custodial parents actually receive all the child support monies they are due.

Tips for divorcees to develop visitation plans during holidays

The holiday season is right around the corner. As families muse over who will hold this year's Thanksgiving dinner, individuals recently divorced with children may have other matters on their mind such as child visitation issues. After a divorce is finalized, grandparents' may wonder as well if they will get to see their grandchildren this holiday season.

Grandparents must show benefit for child to gain visitation

The first visual that comes to mind when one thinks of a family is a married couple, children, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. One expects family members to associate with each other at family unions and expects grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren. However, when this image of a happy family is often altered because of divorce, and some grandparents are left wondering what their relationship with their grandparents will be like in the future.

Actor Dennis Quaid's wife seeking sole physical custody of twins

When married people can no longer live harmoniously, the only option for their emotional and psychological well-being, as well as that of any children in the marriage, may be divorce. It is a hard decision for most people that only gets harder when children are involved, especially when it comes to details such as custody and visitation matters. Florida residents who follow celebrity divorces may find it interesting to know that Hollywood stars encounter similar issues that divorcing or divorced parents with children in Florida do.

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