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Do Divorce Courts Take a Child’s Preference into Account?

Many states have rules that outline at which age a court must consider a child’s preference regarding child custody arrangements. In Florida, however, there is no particular age guideline, and judges have sole discretion over whether the child has the ability to make a reasoned, informed choice. In these cases, the judge will consider whether Read More

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Mistakes You Must Avoid in a Child Custody Battle

Custody battles can quickly become difficult if parents have stark disagreements about what’s best for their children. In many cases, both parties strongly feel their children are better off with them than their spouse. When emotions are running high, it is important to act as rationally as you can to get the best possible outcome Read More

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Dealing with ‘Chameleon Kids’ After a Divorce

The impact of divorce can be emotionally traumatizing for kids. The combination of an upheaval of their day-to-day routines with the uncertainty that comes with not knowing their parents’ future places a lot of stress on children and can have some significant effects on their moods and personalities. One common trait seen in children after Read More

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When Do Florida Judges Consider the Child’s Custody Preferences?

Although many states have set ages at which courts are required to consider a child’s preferences in establishing custody arrangements, there is no such age in Florida. Here, judges have sole discretion in determining whether kids are developed and intelligent enough to be able to have some input on these choices, whether they understand the Read More

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Father Accused of Killing Daughter Was Awarded Custody Four Years Ago

John Norfleet, a 31-year-old Jacksonville area resident, is currently facing charges of aggravated child abuse and murder in the aftermath of the death of his four-year-old daughter, Jada. But an aspect that makes the story particularly tragic is the fact that Norfleet was awarded custody of Jada and her older sister barely three years ago Read More

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Key Factors in Determining Child Custody Arrangements in Florida

Every state enforces specific child custody laws and regulations. Florida courts award child custody after determining which scenario is in the best interest of the child, but how do they make that decision, and what types of custody do they award? The following is a quick guide: Legal and physical custody Florida defines child custody Read More

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The Florida Supreme Court Rules on Lesbian Custody Battle

Citing that a lesbian couple were involved in a long-term relationship when they “agreed to jointly conceive and raise a child together as equal parental partners,” the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the partner who donated her egg to her partner has constitutionally protected parental rights. The couple — identified only as D.M.T., who carried Read More

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