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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just weeks after George Zimmerman’s murder trial acquittal and the ensuing media circus, the man’s 26-year-old wife has filed for divorce, according to a news report. She officially filed papers in a Central Florida court, citing the high-profile murder trial as a primary reason for the couple’s strained relationship. According to one report, the woman felt abandoned as her husband left town in the wake of his not guilty verdict. Now, she’s seeking an equitable division of the property the couple obtained during the marriage.
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.
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.
When a couple decides to close the door on the chapter of their lives spent as a married couple, there is plenty of pain to go around. In many cases the last thing either party wants is a long, drawn out legal battle. However, even when same sex couples wish to pursue a collaborative divorce, they often find that the law prevents them from doing so.