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Man could owe child support for boy not biologically his

Readers in Sarasota are likely aware that both parents are generally responsible for cost of living, everyday expenses and other costs that come along with raising a child. It may surprise many to learn, however, that there are cases when a person who is not a child’s biological parent could be considered responsible for these expenses and ordered to pay child support.

Despite adoption approval, couple unable to bring daughters home

Many readers in Sarasota are likely aware that adopting a child can be a long, arduous process for prospective parents and their families. This process can be even more complicated for families who choose international adoption, because of both tighter restrictions and increased scrutiny. Boundaries established by the Hague convention, as well as growing concerns from other countries about abandonment and child trafficking, have put serious limitations on international adoptions.

Florida appeals court strips tribal court's power in custody case

Readers in Sarasota may, or may not, be aware of the issues that can arise in child custody cases that cross state or country lines. In many cases, determining jurisdiction is an issues and it can be difficult to enforce rulings from one jurisdiction in others. These same types of issues may also arise in child custody cases involving members of Native American tribes. That is because, according to federal law, Native American tribes are considered sovereign nations and are therefore self-governed and policed.

Same-sex military couples denied benefits based on state laws

While changes to marriage laws at the federal level have provided some long-awaited benefits to same-sex couples, these changes have also resulted in issues for couples who reside in states, like Florida, where same-sex marriages are still banned. These discrepancies can cause the spouses of federal employees, such as military personnel, to lose out on benefits they would be entitled to in states that allow same-sex unions. This often only further complicates military family law issues during already difficult times, such as during a deployment or when a service member is killed.

Walmart heiress may owe ex spousal support, despite civil lawsuit

Floridians, as well as couples from other states, are increasingly using prenuptial agreements as a means of protecting personal assets and wealth when entering into a marriage. Unless a situation that is specifically outlined in the agreement as a cause for it to be voided occurs, the spouses must comply with the terms of the contract, regardless of how the marriage ends.

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