Visitation Archives

Keeping children safe in Florida

A Florida parent who has been accused of a crime that involves a minor child may be subject to the presumption of detriment. This means that there is a risk to the child whenever that parent has visitation rights to or custody of that child. In some cases, the crime may be physical in nature such as hitting a child or taking the child out of state against a court order.

Determining visitation rights for grandparents

In the state of Florida, a grandparent may petition for visitation rights under a variety of circumstances, assuming that it is in the best interest of the child. Grandparents or great-grandparents may be granted visitation rights if one of the child's parents has deserted the child or if the child was born out of wedlock. Visitation may also be granted if the marriage between the child's parents has been dissolved.

Woman granted visitation rights for child of same-sex ex-partner

It was reported on Aug. 13 that a Florida court has cleared the way for a woman to seek visitation rights for her son who was born to her former female partner. According to the report, the biological mother had moved the child to an undisclosed location and would not allow contact after the couple decided to split up. However, the ex-partner had already legally adopted the child.

Dealing with visitation disputes during the holidays

The holidays are the time of year where being with loved ones is most desirable. Parents in Florida understand the importance of holiday traditions, especially when they have young children. Although it is ideal to carryout these traditions, it is not always easy to do when parents are not together or divorced. Furthermore, child custody arrangements could make the holidays a stressful time. Parents might not agree with plan and might get into a visitation dispute over who gets to see the children on which day.

The issue of breastfeeding in child custody cases

It is important for children to have a healthy relationship with their parents. Particularly in the early stages of a child's development, a strong parent-child bond is important. Even though parents in Florida who are no longer together may disagree with how much time a child should spend with the other parent, generally, it is in the best interest of the child to spend time with each parent. But, what if a visitation schedule interferes with a child's nutritional needs, and is not in the child's best interest? Should it still be enforced?

Egg donor parental rights case in Florida Supreme Court

Advances in reproductive technology have made it possible for many infertile couples to have a biological child through in vitro fertilization. Utilizing the same technology, many same-sex couples across the nation, including here in Florida, have been able to have a child of their own. Presently, even though Florida has specific laws in place dealing with donation of eggs, sperm or pre-embryos, the Florida Supreme Court is scheduled to release an opinion on a unique parental rights case involving a lesbian couple.

Mother denied visitation rights with 3-year-old son

According to reports a 23-year-old woman who was on the run from authorities was arrested at Universal Studios in Florida sometime in November 2012 for child endangerment, is seeking scheduled visitation with her son. Apparently even after the woman's 27-year-old boyfriend hit the boy in head hard enough to cause brain injury and, burnt his wrist and finger, the woman did not seek any medical treatment for the 3-year-old.

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.

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