November 2014 Archives

How DNA paternity testing works

As many Florida residents may know, DNA testing may be used to establish the identity of a child's biological father. This method is also used to present legal evidence in situations such as child support, adoption, immigration and custody. It may also be employed to issues surrounding inheritance, insurance, social security benefits and inherited medical problems.

What is virtual visitation?

When a court rules on the matter of child custody, it could order that one of the parents is awarded virtual visitation. As its name suggests, virtual visitation involves the parent using technology to stay in touch with a child. This might include instant messaging, email or video calling. Florida is one of several states that have enacted laws to allow judges to order virtual visitation.

Advocating for Florida parents facing out-of-state moves

Once two Florida parents make the decision to divorce, their lives may take drastically different directions. A custodial parent may have a job or other opportunity that would require them to move to another state, leading them to consider moving away and taking their children. Florida residents have been leaving the state at higher rates than in previous years, often separating children of divorce from their non-custodial parents.

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.

The legal rights of grandparents in Florida

Matters can sometimes get contentious when Florida couples go through a divorce, and this is especially true when matters such as child custody and visitation are being discussed. While most would agree that children will be happier if they are able to see their grandparents regularly, this may be difficult to accomplish amicably when spouses become entrenched in their positions during a divorce. If you are a grandparent of a child who is the subject of a custody dispute, you may be able to pursue legal remedies if you are being denied visitation.

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