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Homeschooling Your Child After Divorce - Part 2

 Posted on June 19,2024 in Family Law

Florida Parental Responsibilities AttorneySome children do very well being homeschooled. Others need the socialization and structure of traditional schooling. If you and your child’s other parent are getting divorced and intend to continue or begin homeschooling, you should familiarize yourself with both the risks and the benefits. You also need to examine not only your own ability to teach your child at home, but the other parent’s ability to commit to your child’s education and other factors that may influence whether homeschooling after divorce is right for you when you are creating a child custody plan. A knowledgeable Miami, FL divorce and child custody attorney can help you and your spouse decide whether the benefits of homeschooling outweigh the risks in your particular case. 

The Risks of Homeschooling for Divorced Parents 

A few of the potential pitfalls of homeschooling your child after getting divorced include: 

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Homeschooling Your Child After Divorce - Part 1

 Posted on June 12,2024 in Child Custody

Miami Family Law AttorneyWhen a child is attending a traditional brick-and-mortar school, shared child custody arrangements can be very difficult unless the parents live close together. Your options in that situation might be limited to giving one parent custody during the school year while the other parent is limited to seeing the child only during breaks from school. Homeschooling can allow for a 50/50 or similar child custody arrangement. There are benefits and risks associated with homeschooling after divorce. A Miami, FL child custody attorney can help you decide whether homeschooling is right for you and your child. 

Benefits of Homeschooling After Divorce 

The most notable benefit of homeschooling is that you can create a child custody schedule without having to worry about transporting your child to and from school. If one parent lives a little too far from your child’s school to reasonably drive him there every day, homeschooling can make it easy for you to share time with your child more easily. 

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How Does Domestic Violence Affect Divorce?

 Posted on May 24,2024 in Domestic Violence

Miami Domestic Violence Divorce LawyerIf you have experienced domestic violence in your marriage, you should strongly consider getting divorced. Domestic violence almost never stops on its own. People who physically abuse their spouses tend to get more and more violent over time and often do not stop until their victims escape–or until the violence turns fatal. If you are filing for divorce after being assaulted by your spouse, you need to take certain steps to protect yourself in case your spouse responds violently when he or she finds out that you are leaving him or her. The presence of domestic violence may affect many areas of your divorce. You need an experienced Miami, FL domestic violence and divorce lawyer to help protect your interests during your divorce. 

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Divorce Cases

The court will need to know immediately if your relationship involved physical abuse. You may need to take measures like getting a protection order to get your spouse out of your marital home and keep him or her away from your workplace and other places you frequent. You should also prepare for a contested divorce in case your abuser does not want to let you go peacefully. Parts of your divorce that might be affected if you can show that you have experienced domestic violence include: 

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Unfair Prenuptial Agreements and Immigration

 Posted on May 09,2024 in Prenuptial Agreements

Miami Prenuptial Agreement AttorneyIf your spouse is a U.S. citizen and you needed his or her status to legally enter the country before getting married, you might not have felt like you had much bargaining power when you made your prenuptial agreement. Sadly, many people who need a “fiancee visa” are unfairly – and unlawfully – coerced into signing a one-sided prenuptial agreement. Having a prenuptial agreement that leaves you with nothing and nowhere to go might make you think that you are trapped in your marriage, no matter how poorly your spouse treats you. Fortunately, if you were coerced into signing an unfair prenuptial agreement to protect your immigration status, a Miami, FL divorce lawyer might be able to have the agreement thrown out. 

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Understanding Factors that Affect Child Custody in Florida

 Posted on April 24,2024 in Child Custody

Miami, FL child custody lawyerContesting, or going to court over, your child custody case is emotionally draining. A Guardian ad Litem might be appointed to help the court understand your family’s unique situation and what kind of arrangement would best serve your children. Florida state law lists some factors that courts should use to decide what custody schedule is in your child’s best interests. If you are going to litigate your child custody case, you need to understand these factors so that you can be prepared for the kinds of questions the judge or Guardian ad Litem will ask. Your Miami, FL child custody attorney can help you understand what each of these factors means and prepare to answer questions.

Child Custody Factors in Florida 

Some of the factors the court will consider when deciding on a child custody arrangement for your family include: 

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Tips for Protecting Your Children During Divorce 

 Posted on April 09,2024 in Divorce

Miami Divorce LawyerDivorce can be especially hard for those with minor children. Not only must you stand up for your own interests, but you must also fight for the interests of your children. It is important to have an experienced and aggressive Miami, FL divorce and child custody lawyer on your side. Divorce can have a lasting financial and emotional impact on your children - and on you. Parents can take steps like getting mental health care for their children, reducing the amount of conflict they are exposed to, and working with the other parent to establish a plan for custody, support, and co-parenting. Your attorney can help you approach your divorce strategically with your children’s needs in mind.

Steps Parents Can Take to Minimize the Impact of Divorce on Their Children

Steps you as a parent can take to protect your childrens’ interests during divorce include:

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Divorce and Child Custody for Part-Time Florida Residents

 Posted on March 25,2024 in Child Custody

Miami Divorce LawyerMiami is far more heavily populated from late fall into mid-spring than it is during the warmer months. Full-time residents of Miami may call people who spend their winters in Florida “snowbirds.” If you live in another state during the summer months but have established residency in Florida, it may make sense to get divorced and resolve your interstate child custody issues here. You may have certain unique issues in your divorce, especially if you own multiple properties that you rent out or wish to move back and forth from Florida to another state with your children. It is important to be represented by a well-qualified Miami, FL divorce attorney.

Child Custody for Wintertime Floridians

Interstate child custody laws may apply, and your attorney will need to carefully navigate your case to ensure that the Florida courts have jurisdiction over your child custody issues. The best interests of the child are the legal priority. If one or both of you spend different seasons in different states, relocation with a child may become an issue that needs to be addressed. Your plan for co-parenting will need to address things like maintaining continuity in the child’s education.

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Divorce in Miami, FL, When Your Spouse is Self-Employed

 Posted on March 11,2024 in Divorce

Self-employment, or working as an independent contractor, is particularly common in South Florida, where a large number of people work in the entertainment, arts, or tourism industries. Most people who work as DJs, performers, photographers, or event vendors, are considered self-employed. If your spouse’s career is based on “gigs” or his or her income tends to vary depending on what events he or she is hired for, your divorce may be a little more complicated. Determining your spouse’s income for the purpose of calculating things like child support can be challenging, and there is a high potential for deception. Your Miami, FL, divorce lawyer will likely need to conduct a significant investigation to ensure that you have an accurate idea of your spouse’s finances before any assets are divided

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Ways Parental Alienation Can Affect a Miami Divorce

 Posted on February 23,2024 in Divorce

Parental alienation is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on divorce proceedings in Miami. This phenomenon occurs when one parent manipulates their child to turn against the other parent, leading to strained relationships and emotional distress. In the context of Florida divorce, parental alienation can complicate matters and have long-lasting effects on both the parents and the children involved. If you are going through a divorce and you believe parental alienation will be a factor or has already become a factor in proceedings, contact a lawyer right away to get the critical legal assistance you need.

The Many Ways Parental Alienation Can Affect Divorce Proceedings

One way parental alienation can affect a Miami divorce is by causing delays in the legal process. When one parent is actively working to alienate the child from the other parent, it can lead to disputes over custody and visitation rights. This can result in prolonged court battles and increased legal fees, ultimately prolonging the divorce proceedings and causing additional stress for all parties involved.

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Legal Guardianship – Expecting the Unexpected

 Posted on February 09,2024 in Guardianship

While guardianship requirements and laws vary from state to state, the underlying importance of the decision is universal. In this guest blog, Meghan Freed, co-owner/founder of Freed Marcroft Divorce & Family Law in Hartford, CT, discusses the main points of why guardianship choices are so important. 

If there is one thing we have all learned in the last few years through pandemics and lockdowns, it is that the future is delicate and uncertain

We can have our plan and path laid out in detail, only to be completely derailed by a life event we never saw coming. Of course, not all of these events will be catastrophic, but being prepared for anything - in advance - will always make these situations easier to navigate.

When children under 18 are involved, one of the most important ways to prepare for the unexpected is to formally designate a legal guardian (or guardians) for your child, in the event that you and your spouse are no longer able to care for them.  This designation should be in writing and signed by all parties in the presence of an attorney.

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