Families who have adopted children can likely attest to how long and expensive the process can be. One state's lawmakers are going to be very busy this summer trying to create legislation that will overhaul the entire adoption and foster care system. A committee dedicated to this cause was appointed on April 19th and will look into ways to shorten the process of adoption and lower the costs. Although this is not yet taken place in Florida, this could set a precedence for making adoptions easier throughout the U.S.
Going through a divorce with kids is a painful and difficult process. If your child has autism or special needs, the divorce can become even more heartbreaking for everyone involved.
Establishing paternity is one of the most important things a father can do for himself, and his child. Paternity is most often established by a formal acknowledgement at the hospital, and grants several rights to the mother, father, and child.
A new law has been proposed which will give needy families in the state access to temporary foster care. For many single parents in Florida, a parent's serious illness, struggle with addiction or even a visit to jail can mean the loss of their child to foster care. If a parent has no one to care for their child while they are sick or away, child custody can be lost to them forever. Those behind The Temporary Care of a Child Act are hoping to change all that.
If you are in the process of divorcing and have a child with a disability, one thing you may be wondering is whether both parents can attend a child’s IEP meeting after the divorce is final. As you probably know, these meetings can shape your child’s education and future, and they are often of critical importance.
A preacher in a nearby Southern state was recently held in jail after he allegedly failed to pay his court-ordered child support. The 49-year-old pastor was taken in on charges of failure to comply. According to a spokesperson from the local sheriff's department, it is simply a case of him reportedly refusing to follow orders. In Florida, being accused of failing to pay child support can cause someone to end up in jail.
A Florida man is having to fight for the right to see his son, even though he has already proven that he is the baby's biological father. Despite the fact that there is no disputing the father's paternity, state laws say that he has no paternal rights. That's because of a state law that says that a baby born in a marriage is the legal child of the husband, regardless of biological paternity.