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How Do Hurricanes Impact Florida Parenting Plans and Custody Agreements?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

As Hurricane Dorian is inching closer to South Florida, and millions of Floridians are stocking up on supplies to be prepared for the landfall, divorced parents are facing a conundrum. “How do hurricanes and other acts of God impact my custody agreement and parenting plan?” is a question on almost every divorced parent’s mind… Read More »

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What is a Parenting Plan and Why do Family Lawyers Use Them?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Whenever an Orlando family law attorney is engaged in litigation that involves child custody issues, he or she will spend a great deal of time contemplating what terms are to be negotiated and placed into a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written instruction manual that addresses nearly every aspect of the parenting… Read More »

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Florida Parenting Plans Help Unmarried Parents Stop Drama Before it Starts

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

The only thing worse than arguing with your spouse about when and where to spend time with your children or about decisions your spouse makes about the children’s behavior or expenditures is having these same arguments with your former spouse. People who have children together, even if they are no longer married to each… Read More »

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If I Get An Equal 50/50 Custody Schedule Will There Be Child Support

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

These days it is very common to see both Mothers and Fathers and their attorneys in divorce or other family law case end up with equal parenting schedules parenting also referred to as a 50/50 schedule. This means that the children in the case will spend an equal amount of their time with each… Read More »

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Thanksgiving Custody Issues

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Thanksgiving Visitation Schedules Often Cause Trips To Court For Parents This Thanksgiving holiday it is important for parents with child custody orders to remember that there are typically additional visitation days in parenting plans during the break children have from school for this holiday. Child custody attorneys normally see an upswing in calls around… Read More »

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Paternity, Child Custody, and Different Types of Child Support; A Tangled Web

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Paternity Cases Usually Come With Their Own Set of Problems Aside From Just Child Custody Issues One of the most common types of child custody cases seen by parents, judges, and attorneys these days is the situation where an unmarried couple has a child, splits up, and one of the parents refuses the other parent contact with… Read More »

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Back To School Tips For Parents With Summer Child Custody Schedules

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Back to School Tips for Parents With Summer Child Custody Schedules As summer draws to a close and parents get mentally prepared to once again have the kids ready for school early in the morning there are a handful of things that parents who have summer child custody time-sharing schedules of a child will… Read More »

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How To Win Your Child Custody Case

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

It Is Very Rare That A Party To A Custody Case Feels Like They Won, However, The Secret To Winning Is Easier Than Most People Think Most of the time when the dust settles after a child custody case and the parents walk out of court both sides will feel as though they have… Read More »

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Why Child Custody Cases Are About So Much More Than Just Litigation

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

If You Think Custody Cases Are Only About Litigation; Then You Have Only Seen The Tip Of The Iceberg A very seasoned family court judge, whom I hold in the highest regard, once told me that “If a custody case goes to trial then the attorneys have failed somewhere along the way…to go to… Read More »

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Child Custody Cases and False Domestic Violence Injunctions

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Very Often A Parent Will Allege Domestic Violence In A Custody Case Which Leaves Judges And Lawyers To Figure Whether Violence Took Place Or If It Is An Attempt To Gain Advantage In Litigation Throughout the litigation process in family law cases it is quite common to see a party file what is known… Read More »

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