While it is unfortunate that same-sex couples still occasionaly fight against discrimination in our South Florida communities, these attitudes are changing at a national level. While this might not help our clients in their daily struggles, federal law has empowered our attorneys at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC to help with many of the legal hardships and challenges facing same-sex partners and their families.
Depending on the family situation, the role of grandparent can take on many different meanings. For some, it can mean taking full custody of grandchildren, while for others the main pursuit is simply spending more quality time together. Although grandparent rights have long existed in Florida, some grandparents in the state nevertheless struggle to see their own family members.
Whether they live near you in Florida, in the same house or across the nation, the bonds between grandparents and their grandchildren are special. If you are a grandparent, you already know this and you probably anticipated your first grandchild as much as you did your own first child.
Your decision to cohabitate with your romantic partner in Davie rather than to marry is one that is becoming increasingly shared throughout the rest of the U.S. You may have a valid reason not to marry, yet you should also be aware that not doing so could deprive you and/or your partner of certain spousal rights (regardless of whether or not you consider him or her to be your spouse). Many have come to us here at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC unaware of this fact (and only after having encountered a situation that revealed it). This may prompt you to ask whether Florida recognizes common law marriages at all.
While many Floridians who are family planning are aware that adoption agencies exist in the state, not all are familiar with the process. Welcoming a foster child into a permanent family can be a joyous period of life, but also an overwhelming one. It can be difficult to help a new family member adapt to everyday routines; on top of the tedious process of adopting from foster care, new environments can seem daunting for a child. Nevertheless, adequate time and care can make that transition go all the smoother.
The potentially complex process of deciding child custody arrangements can leave Florida parents feeling broken and out of options. Yet grandparents often experience similar situations, in which they are led to believe they would see a grandchild grow up but instead are not allowed to see them at all.
If the parent or guardian of your grandchildren is withholding the children from you, you may have rights to seek visitation through the court. But, it is far from automatic.
Most in Davie might assume that domestic disputes requiring legal intervention only occur between spouses. However, that is not always the case. Parents and children can end up feuding for years over the circumstances of a divorce. This may come as little surprise to some given that children are equally as affected by a separation as their parents are. Yet the hope is that the age-old adage of time healing all wounds will eventually overcome any issues related to the breakup of a family. Yet sometimes, it may only serve to open new ones.
In recent years, America has seen a progressive shift in LGBT rights, especially since the country’s legalization of same-sex marriage took place in 2015. While the gradual shift in favor of LGBT rights is certainly one worthy of celebrating in Florida, legal issues regarding same-sex marriage process has a long way to go.
If your child will be returning to school in the fall, you may have a number of things on your mind. From buying clothes to helping your child adjust to his or her new schedule, back-to-school season can be quite stressful for parents and children alike. The Minaya Law Offices understands the various challenges that parents in Florida may face if they are working through these issues in addition to family law matters, such as child custody or even just dealing with the divorce process.