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Child Custody Archives

Florida mother alleges bias of parenting coordinator

When parents with children go through the divorce process, attorneys for both parties may encourage them to develop a parenting plan together. The goal is to avoid constant bickering about child custody and visitation. Sometimes it works; other times, not so much.

Judge orders children into public school during divorce hearing

A Florida judge unexpectedly ordered a mother to place her homeschooled children into a public school during a divorce hearing even though child custody and the children's education had not been placed in issue. The divorcing parents were in court on another issue when the children's guardian ad litem -- a person appointed by the court to represent the children's best interests --told the judge that she did not believe it was in the children's best interests for them to be homeschooled.

Florida court: Tribal court lacks jurisdiction of custody dispute

A South Florida judge recently ruled that a child custody dispute between a mother who is a member of a local Indian tribe and a non-Indian father should be heard in state court rather than in tribal court. The two parents were never married, but had two children together and had lived together for several years. When they separated, the mother was granted temporary custody of the children in tribal court.

Woman facing criminal charges for neglecting child in home

When two people who share a child no longer live together, it's not uncommon for one parent to worry about how their child is doing when he or she is staying with the other parent. One Florida man, however, could never have imagined the plight his child was in when police informed him that his son was living in filth, and the child's mother had been arrested and faced criminal charges of child neglect. 

Florida Supreme Court: Both women are mothers in custody battle

Sometimes an egg donor is a lot more than just an egg donor. The Florida Supreme Court recently granted joint custody and visitation rights to a lesbian woman who donated an egg to her partner, only to see the woman run off to Australia with the couple's daughter three years later. In a groundbreaking decision, the justices rejected the birth mother's claim to full child custody rights based on a Florida law that denies parental rights to egg and sperm donors.

International child custody drama sparks court challenge

Custody battles come in many forms. Some end relatively painlessly, while others drag on for years and involve large amounts of court time. But few span multiple continents and involve both parents fleeing with the child involved. Those are the facts of a case before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Woman who lost custody arrested for kidnapping daughter

A Fort Myers woman is being charged after taking her daughter during a supervised visit. The young girl, who has special needs, was supposed to be in foster care. When the woman arrived at the facility for a court-ordered visit, she fled out the back door with her daughter. She is now facing criminal charges.

When going through divorce, consider college plans for kids

Many Fort Meyers residents have high school-aged children who are preparing for college. These days, with college tuition rates the way that they are, most Florida students do need to take out student loans and/or seek grants and scholarships. A lot of Florida families may not realize that a divorce will affect their children's financial aid processes.

Miami Heat star's child custody battle drags on

Dwayne Wade might star on a Miami basketball court by night. By day, though, he's been the leading man in a Florida family law court, and his assets have been threatened as a result. His case has highlighted some of the difficulties associated with high-asset divorce, as he and his estranged wife have disputed over asset division and custody issues since filing for divorce in 2007.

Case is a reminder of the limited rights of unmarried fathers

Many people here in Fort Meyers are following what has become known as the Baby Veronica case. The controversial and complicated child custody dispute has gone on for four years, and after making it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, it appears that it is now drawing to a close.

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