Family Law

Overview

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. According to U.S. Census data the make-up of the American family has been changing. For instance, the 2000 Census revealed that less than a quarter of American families are married couples with minor children compared with 45% of such households in 1960.

A large percentage of marriages end in separation or divorce. When a couple decides to terminate their marriage, one of the parties will petition the court for a divorce. Besides seeking a legal termination of the relationship, the couple will also ask the court to divide the marital assets, grant child custody to one or both parents, and impose child and spousal support obligations, if applicable.

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  • Collaborative Process and Religious Values in Tampa Bay April 15, 2014 A friend of mine, leading Tampa Bay collaborative attorney, and fellow member of Next Generation Divorce George Melendez recently wrote a blog post after he and I had a discussion on how collaborative family law practice can help members of various…
  • I thought stuff like this only occurred in the minds of law professors April 15, 2014 From years ago in a contract or property class in law school I vaguely remember a professor describing a situation where a swimming pool was accidentally built at the wrong house. Maybe it was supposed to be built at 101 Jones Street and instead it…
  • Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders. April 15, 2014 In the coming months, victims of domestic abuse may have one less deterrent from seeking out necessary help and protection. Under Senate File 2118, "pets or companion animals owned or held" by the parties to a domestic abuse protective order may be…
  • Protect Your Finances in Divorce April 15, 2014 One of the top concerns for the majority of family law litigants is protecting their financial well-being during the divorce process and beyond. Typically, all divorcing parties must make changes to their lifestyle in order to stretch their family…
  • April 15th Is an Important Deadline for Primary Conservators April 15, 2014 Not only is April 15th an important deadline for every American when it comes to filing their annual taxes, in Texas April 15th is a deadline for primary conservators to designate their summer weekend possession time with the children. In a Texas…