Florida parents might think that if they cannot afford an attorney in a child custody case, they must represent themselves. However, the right to legal representation is not just for criminal cases. A court can appoint an attorney although a person is not required to use one.
Florida celebrity watchers may be interested to learn that actress Scarlett Johansson and her estranged French husband are both seeking primary custody of their 2-year-old daughter. It was reported on March 9 that Johansson has filed for divorce in a New York court using her real name even though she had the option of filing under an alias.
A Florida parent's worst nightmare could occur if their child is kidnapped by an ex and taken to another country. While prosecutors do have the authority to investigate and potentially prosecute the other parent involved in the kidnapping, they cannot control whether or not foreign authorities will return the child to the United States.
Divorce is a painful process that can be debilitating if you let it. You alone are responsible for the way you live your new life, but you can benefit from help provided by friends and experts alike. If parting from your ex was a crushing experience, taking a clear-eyed approach to the road ahead is the best antidote. Here are three areas you will want to focus on in moving forward.
Florida residents who are divorced and receiving child support might find themselves in a situation where some payments are late and their child is about to turn 18. While in most cases child support orders are terminated by the courts once the child attains majority, there might still be a question about the back-owed support.