April 2015 Archives

Swedish study says joint physical custody better for kids

Florida parents who are divorcing may be interested to learn that a recent study has shown that children who are in joint custody situations tend to be better adjusted than children who spend the majority of their time with one parent. The study appeared on April 27 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health and was conducted by researchers in Sweden.

Some parents go to jail for unpaid child support

Some noncustodial parents in Florida and around the country who do not make child support payments on time end up serving jail sentences as a result. Although some people believe that the threat of jail time is an effective incentive for parents to make child support payments on time, others view the policy as unfair to lower-income parents.

Changes to Florida alimony law on the horizon

A bill that would dramatically change how and under what circumstances Florida courts could award alimony as part of a divorce decree is expected to pass both houses of the Florida legislature within the next few months. If signed by Gov. Rick Scott, the reform legislation would go into effect on Oct. 1. Similar reforms were proposed in 2013, but Gov. Scott vetoed that bill due to his concern that it would apply retroactively.

Florida parental visitation rights

Every state in the union, including Florida, has embraced the concept of parental visitation as generally in the best interests of children and parents. The courts usually prefer to award "reasonable visitation," in which both parties work out a visitation schedule that meets their individual needs and desires rather than having a visitation plan ordered by the court. In practice, however, the custodial parent generally has more say in what is considered "reasonable."

Examining the accuracy of paternity tests

Florida residents may find it helpful to learn more about the accuracy of paternity testing, which uses DNA to establish the identity of a child's biological father. Laboratories accomplish this by obtaining loci, which are also called DNA match points, from both the child and the potential father. While some facilities test with 13 loci, the most accurate results are determined using 16 loci.

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