Over the last few years, the issue of same-sex marriage has swept across the country. As a number of states have legalized unions between same-sex couples, observers in Florida believe that similar movement might be coming to the Sunshine State.
For many parents, settling child custody issues can be an incredibly complex matter. Not only do parents have to sort through the emotions of caring for their children, but they also must address the laws relevant to their cases.
One of the great things about Tampa is its diversity, and it is not at all uncommon for a local Tampa man or woman to be in a relationship with someone with a different citizenship. When the marriages don't work out, however, there are not only questions about how to divide parenting time, but also what kinds of international travel will be allowed. Since the foreign-born parent could potentially take the child and return to his or her home country, there needs to be very well-defined rules about travel.
For children, finding a loving and stable home is very important. Although many children are raised from infancy to adulthood by the same parent or set of parents, others go on a slightly different journey. Whatever the case, family law seeks to establish the best-possible homes for children.
When couples are preparing to split up, examining finances may become very important. This is especially true for couples who have children together. Without the benefit of sharing income -- or having a two-income household -- covering the costs of raising kids can become a challenge. This is where child support payments can be very helpful for the parent who has primary custody.
Tribal law in the United States is often considered to be one of the most complex legal topics. Native American reservations are considered sovereign nations, so any legal dealings between tribal governments and the federal, state or local government can be incredibly complex. This was the case for a Florida man trying to obtain a fair child custody hearing.