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Founded in 1997 we are experienced and knowledgeable Tampa attorneys practicing exclusively in Divorce, Family, Stepparent/Relative Adoption, Criminal Defense, and Personal Bankruptcy. We practice primarily in the cities of Tampa, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Carrollwood, Northdale, North Tampa, Plant City as well as Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Pasco County. We have offices conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay. Our lawyers have extensive experience practicing in contested and uncontested divorces, including military divorces, and family law, child support, child custody and visitation, relocation of children, alimony, domestic violence, distribution of assets and debts, retirement/pensions (military and private), enforcement and modification of final judgments, paternity actions, adoptions and name changes as well as criminal defense. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options. Please call us at 813-672-1900 or email us at info@familymaritallaw.com to schedule a consultation. Our representation of our clients reflects our dedication to them. We look forwarding to hearing from you! Se habla Español.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

How to Deal with Child Custody and Coronavirus?

The aftermath of divorce is always difficult, but the coronavirus is making it even more so. People are expected to distance themselves socially, while others are in quarantine either recovering from the virus, or hoping they do not become sick after coming into contact with someone that has tested positive for the illness. These are certainly extraordinary and difficult times, and the current environment is leaving many people with child custody arrangements with questions. So, what do you do with the children if one parent is self-isolating or in quarantine? How do you navigate the hurt feelings that are likely to accompany not being able to spend time with children, or the other parent? Following the tips below will help.

No Visits when Someone is Sick

Whether a child is sick or a parent, there should be no visitation when someone is sick, regardless of what a child custody order says. When a parent is sick, the children should not be exposed to them, which would place them at risk. If a child becomes sick, everyone should focus on helping them get better, not running them in between houses just to fulfill a custody order. Right now, the health of everyone is the main priority, even if an illness also brings disappointment.

Remain Calm

Few people today have tried to navigate a pandemic before, let alone the children that are currently going through it. Kids today are scared, have had their normal routines completely disrupted, and are looking to their parents to provide calm amidst the storm. It is crucial that both parents provide this. Panicking about the current situation is not going to help the children remain calm, and fighting with a former spouse is only going to add tension to an already difficult situation. Both parents must remain calm and reassure their children that at some point, things will return to normal.

Connect Virtually

Today, people are looking to connect any way possible. When children cannot spend time physically with one parent because they are sick, self-isolating, or in quarantine, they should still be able to spend some virtual time with that parent. Use FaceTime, Skype, phone calls, and texts to allow the child to still connect with a parent, even if they cannot be with them physically.

Make Up for Lost Time

When one parent loses out on visitation time because of self-isolation or quarantine, that time should be made up once it is possible. Whether that means just waiting for 14 days to confirm that someone is not sick, or waiting out an illness someone suffers from, parents should always allow kids to spend more time with a parent that they have had to self-isolate from once that isolation or quarantine period is over.

Have a Child Custody Issue? Our Florida Family Lawyers can Help

When there is a divorce in a family, it always raises several issues. In the times of a pandemic, things become even more complicated. No matter what your child custody issue is, our Tampa family law attorneys at All Family Law Group, P.A. are here to help. We know how complex these issues are, and how contentious they can become. If you need a custody order modified, or you are preparing to go through these hearings for the first time, call us at (813) 672-1900 to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

How Do I Deal With an Unreasonable Co-Parent After Divorce?

Divorce is always an extremely difficult thing to go through. When children are involved, it can make it even harder. Unfortunately, the effects of a divorce are often felt even long after the divorce is over. This is sometimes the case when the former spouses are trying to co-parent with each other and one becomes unreasonable. This is an extremely frustrating situation and some people may think there is little they can do about it. However, the tips below can help you continue to effectively co-parent, even if your spouse is being unreasonable.

Determine which Communication Style is Best for You

Often after a divorce, the two former spouses find it extremely difficult to talk to each other. If you find that every conversation with your ex ends in an argument, it is time to change how you communicate with each other. Texting can take a lot of the hostility out of conversations, and shared calendars can also eliminate one of the biggest sources of arguments, making plans with the child.

Leave Your Child Out of It

If your former spouse is being unreasonable while you try to co-parent, you may assume that they are bad-mouthing you to your child. Even if they are, it is best not to use the same tactics. One of the most harmful things any parent can do is alienate their child from the other parent. It can negatively affect the relationship between your child and their other parent, and the child may resent you for it in the future.

Set Boundaries

Some couples find it very difficult to remain apart after divorce. After all, you may have spent many years being a large part of your spouse’s daily life and adjusting to the change is difficult. Some individuals will try to remain close even when their former spouse does not. When people remain too close after a divorce, it can start arguments about what the other parent is doing, people they may be in a romantic relationship with, and more. It is important to set boundaries such as only seeing each other during pick-ups and drop-offs and limiting conversations to the children. This can help avoid conflict when a spouse is being unreasonable.

Explore Your Options

Unfortunately, some former spouses will find a way to be unreasonable no matter what. When that is the case, it may be time to review the child custody agreement and parenting plan. Child custody orders can be modified and in certain situations, such as if your ex is trying to alienate you from your child, petitioning the court may be necessary.

Our Florida Family Lawyers can Help You Create a Parenting Plan

If you have gone through a divorce, or you are about to, call our Tampa family lawyers at All Family Law Group. Our attorneys can help you through child custody hearings and assist you with creating a parenting plan that works for everyone. We will also advise on all other aspects of your divorce. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

What are Benefits of a Guardian Ad Litem in Your Divorce?

There are many people involved in a single divorce case. These include the two spouses of course, their attorneys, a possible mediator, judge, and potentially a guardian ad litem (GAL). Divorcing couples typically understand most of these terms, but the possibility of enlisting the help of a GAL is often a new concept. A guardian ad litem is often used when a divorce involves children and as such, decisions need to be made regarding child custody.

A GAL in a divorce case will act as representation for the child. They are not an attorney, but they will communicate to the judge what is in the child’s best interests. GALs are not always required in divorce cases, but there are several reasons your attorney may suggest hiring one. The most common of these are listed below.

The Other Side is Being Unreasonable

It is not uncommon for one party in a divorce to act unreasonably. For example, your spouse may demand sole custody when there is no need to keep the child from you. If you are willing to act reasonably and take the child’s best interests into consideration, a GAL will see this. They will then report back to the judge that you are acting more reasonably and as such, you could receive better terms once the divorce is finalized.

It is Unclear What is Best for the Child

In some cases, both sides are so deeply committed to their argument that it becomes unclear what is best for the child. For example, your spouse may wish to move from the state once the divorce is finalized and wants to take the child with them. You of course, do not want your child to move because this will significantly limit the time you spend with them. It may be difficult in this case to determine if it is in the child’s best interests to move with the other parent, or remain with you. When issues such as these are present, a GAL will provide an unbiased and objective opinion about what is in the child’s best interests.

Help the Child Cope

Divorces are extremely difficult on the children involved. This is particularly true in contentious divorces when the parents cannot get along, or when the child has strong feelings about the parent they would like to live with after the divorce. In these cases, the GAL can act as a counselor to the child, which can make it easier for them to cope with the feelings they experience during the divorce. When a child tells a GAL that they would like to live with a certain parent, the GAL will also report this to the judge, who will take the GAL’s opinion very seriously.

Our Florida Family Lawyers can Help with All Aspects of Your Divorce

When going through a divorce, it is natural to not know what to expect. There are many different factors, and people, that may be involved in your divorce and often, spouses are not aware of them until they are in the middle of their divorce case. At All Family Law Group, P.A., our Tampa family law lawyers can tell you what to expect during your divorce, and give you the best chance of obtaining the fair settlement you deserve. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help with your case.

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Resource:

flcourts.org/content/download/215908/1961394/GUARDIAN-AD-LITEM.pdf