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Legal father and biological father in child custody dispute

Child custody in Florida is not always a simple matter. Some cases carry with them a certain amount of complexity that make it difficult for everyone involved. Often, these cases do not involve just two parents who both want custody. Circumstances can vary and there can be several different people who are seeking legal custody and to be recognized as parents. With a complicated child custody case, having experienced legal assistance is one of the most important steps to take.

A custody dispute over a 5-year-old girl centers around Florida law that when a couple is married, the husband in the relationship will be the legal father of a child born even if he is not the biological father. The husband and the biological father of the child in this case both want custody. The case is moving through the courts and will probably be settled by the Florida Supreme Court. The husband and wife are still legally married, and they have not moved forward with a divorce petition.

Understanding Florida's theft statute

The Florida statute for theft includes a number of offenses and a wide range of penalties based on the circumstances leading to the charges. For example, a person who steals property valued at $100,000 or more may receive a conviction of first-degree grand theft, and the penalties may include a prison sentence of as many as 30 years, as well as fines that may not exceed $10,000. 

As the value of the property lessens, so, too, does the degree of conviction. Property valued from $20,000 up to $99,999 is second-degree grand theft, and $19,999 down to $300 is third-degree grand theft. Petty theft involves property valued below $300, and it is a misdemeanor charge in most cases.

Can I lose my license for delinquent child support?

A Florida parent is obligated to make the payments when there is an order of child support. This is important for the child to be properly cared for by the custodial parent and have everything he or she needs. While most parents will make every effort to pay their child support in full and on time, some parents do not. This can be for many reasons. Regardless, the state has certain methods it will use to ensure the payments are made. One is to suspend the supporting parent's driver license.

It is important to understand how this is handled and what steps the supporting parent can take to avoid a license suspension. Prior to the suspension of the driver license, the Child Support Program will inform the parent and request that he or she go to a local office and try to come to a solution to pay what is owed.

Local politician faces domestic assault charge after altercation

In Florida, when the term "domestic assault" is uttered and there is an arrest related to it, the automatic reaction is that it was an incident between a male and a female.

However, not all allegations of domestic assault are between spouses. Parents can have confrontations with adult children or other adults who reside or are present in the household. This can also lead to an arrest with potentially damaging penalties if there is a conviction. With any kind of domestic incident, it is imperative to have legal assistance to prepare a strong criminal defense.

The best interests of the child and electronic communication

Communication between a Florida parent and child is an important factor in maintaining a relationship after the parents are no longer together as a couple.

However, this can be a complicated matter with disagreements regarding how the communication will take place. In some instances, the court will issue an order that there must be communication between parent and child. For a parent who is seeking this type of communication, it is important to remember what the court will consider before making the order.

Florida teacher faces charges of theft and drug trafficking

Drug arrests in Florida can happen for a variety of reasons. These issues can affect anyone, even those who work at regular jobs. If there is a conviction for charges related to any drug crimes, there can be jail time, fines and other serious consequences that can impact a person's life and future. After the arrest has been made, it is imperative to have legal assistance from an attorney experienced in helping clients facing drug charges.

A 46-year-old woman who works as a teacher at a middle-school was arrested on several drug charges that she claims she does not even remember. The woman was placed under arrest after she was found to have hydrocodone pills in an Advil bottle. She says they were prescribed to her and was unaware of the illegality of keeping the pills in the Advil bottle.

Legal facts about property division and a premarital agreement

Florida couples who have chosen to end their marriage will often have disagreements about how to allocate property obtained during the marriage and with other aspects of property division. This can be a complicated and costly issue which can be made easier or, in some cases, more difficult by a premarital agreement.

When there is a premarital agreement, the following can be included in regards to property: the rights of the parties to any property that they have wherever and whenever it was acquired or located; the right to do anything they choose with the property including purchasing, selling, exchanging, abandoning, leasing, mortgaging, disposing, and any other decision they make with it under the law; when the couple separates, divorces, a spouse dies, or if there is any other occurrence, the parties can dispose of the property; and the ownership and disposition of a death benefit that comes from a life insurance policy.

All that information on social media can affect your divorce

You may be used to sharing information and pictures about your life on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. However, if you are facing divorce, you may realize that now you must be careful about what you post.

On the other hand, your spouse may post frequently and is not holding back just because he is going through a divorce. He is enjoying a certain freedom in his life at this point, and he is eager to share his thoughts and photos, not realizing that this could be a big problem.

Wife of congressman faces allegations of disorderly intoxication

Anyone in Orlando and throughout Florida can find themselves unexpectedly facing a criminal charge and the consequences that go along with it. The law does not discriminate and does not play favorites, so if there are allegations made, the person will need to make certain that he or she takes the necessary steps to craft a strong criminal defense.

As a case in point, the wife of a congressman was placed under arrest for disorderly intoxication. The woman, 33, was at a bus stop with her mother. A law enforcement officer witnessed the women in what seemed to be a dispute. The congressman's wife held the straps of her mother's backpack in what looked to the officer like an attempt to prevent the mother from leaving. The officer spoke to a security worker who said that the women were behaving aggressively toward one another. The officer noted that the women seemed to be under the influence.

What if a Florida parent seeks a relocation with a child?

Child custody is one of the toughest issues that a Florida couple faces after they part ways and end their relationship. The best interests of the child are paramount, and even if both parents can communicate amicably for the good of the child, problems can still arise.

One problem that frequently comes up is if the custodial parent seeks to relocate with the child. It is crucial to understand how this can be done and what the noncustodial parent can do about it if there is an objection.

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