Family Law

Is It Essential to Get Parental Consent for Minors to Receive Therapy in Florida?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / September 30, 2020 /

One area of law that prospective adoptive parents ask adoption lawyers about relates to parental consent. Specifically, they often ask us whether it’s essential to get parental consent for minors to receive therapy. Here, we take a closer look at this issue as it relates to both intact and separated families.  Can Therapists in Florida…

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An Overview of Stepparent Adoption Inquiries

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / September 18, 2020 /

Adoption lawyers in Miami, FL, often have to address stepparent adoption inquiries. There is one surprisingly common question that frequently arises. This relates to whether the court must notify the biological father if the stepparent wishes to adopt the child. The answer to this will depend on the facts of the case. Here, we’ll look…

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Is Signed Consent The Same Thing as A Written Agreement When It Comes to Changing Your Estate Share?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / August 31, 2020 /

When it comes to probate proceedings, most are uncontested. In virtually every respect, this is a good thing. However, there’s a downside. Since nobody is contesting anything, mistakes can happen. For example, the family may consent to a homestead order against the will of the decedent. If everybody affected by this error agrees to live…

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Is It Possible Under Florida Law to Get Sole Parental Responsibility?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / August 17, 2020 /

If you’re going through a divorce, you could face a legal battle. While some couples can split amicably, many fight over several issues. One area in which disagreements regularly arise is child custody. If you have children and are divorcing your partner, coming to an arrangement regarding their custody is vital. A common question that…

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Are DIY Wills Legal? A Florida Attorney’s Guide

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / July 30, 2020 / Comments Off on Are DIY Wills Legal? A Florida Attorney’s Guide

The value of having a will is becoming better understood these days. Therefore, more people in Florida are wondering what the answer is to the question, “Are DIY wills legal?” This is because they’re looking for the simplest and most convenient way to draw up a legal will. The answer to this question is, yes,…

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What Should I Look for in The Best Probate Lawyer in The Florida Keys

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / July 23, 2020 /

When a loved one dies, finding the best probate lawyer in the Florida Keys is essential. There are several reasons why you may be responsible for seeking out the best probate attorney in the Upper Keys. These include: • Your loved one named you the personal representative or executor in his or her will. •…

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A Guide to Florida Urgent Estate Planning and Time-Sharing Problems for Couples Divorcing During Coronavirus

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / June 26, 2020 /

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major upheavals around the world. However, one unexpected consequence has been a spike in the number of divorce filings. Having to spend so much time in close quarters has led many couples to realize they cannot save their marriage. This, in turn, has led to a need for urgent estate…

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Top Tips for Mental Health for Those Contemplating Divorce in the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / June 18, 2020 /

Divorce can cause mental health issues and depression even at the best of times. However, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the strain is even greater. Trying to cope with the anger, loneliness, and sadness that marital disruption causes under the current circumstances is especially challenging. People have sometimes described divorce as a form of bereavement…

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Stay-at-Home Order Causes Florida Divorce Rates to Rise

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / May 28, 2020 /

COVID-19 is sweeping the globe, and Florida is no exception. The state government has told families to stay at home. Couples are now living in close quarters 24 hours a day. While many expected there to be some element of disruption, one consequence has been an increase in separations. Couples are finding their relationships breaking…

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First Responder Divorced Parents Struggle with Child Time-Sharing

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / May 15, 2020 /

The world is going through a time of unprecedented upheaval and change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All across the globe, governments are struggling to contain the spread of the disease. Countries and states are demanding that their citizens stay home to save lives. However, some citizens can’t stay home. First responders are on the…

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