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International adoption completes Florida families

There are many couples in Sarasota who dream of having a family but for some, the physical ability to do so can be limited. In such instances, some people and couples choose to turn to adoption, offering a home to a child in need. The adoption process for prospective parents may focus on adopting a child in the state of Florida or going beyond the borders of the United States, rescuing a child from a life of abject poverty and misery.

Florida woman given child support after death of the father

Because of the mobility we have in this country, it is not unusual for parents to move to another state, taking their children with them. Many people who live in Sarasota have come from other places and the relocation has no effect on a parent’s rights relating to child support. Parents have a responsibility to provide financial support for their children to pay for everyday expenses and this is regardless of whether they are married to each other or not.

Gov. Scott vetoes Florida alimony support bill

Our readers likely remember the post written on the controversy over an alimony bill passed by the Florida legislature which would have ended the practice of awarding lifetime spousal support and allowed the courts to change existing agreements. Many felt that it was time for the state to follow the example of four other states that have passed similar bills while others felt that it would put older women who go through a divorce and divorcees at a distinct disadvantage.

Florida lawmakers approve denying child custody rights to rapists

When a judge in Sarasota is asked to make the decision of which parent or guardian should have legal custody of a child, that judge needs to think about what is in the best interests of the child in question. While it would be hoped that every child comes from a loving home and parents only want what is best for that child, such is not the case in every child custody dispute. In some cases, a parent may be found to have exposed the child to an environment that is unsafe or unhealthy, or the parent simply may not be able to properly care for the child. In other instances, one parent may use a child custody issue to retain their control over the other.

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