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Sharing parenting time during the holidays

The holiday season is here, which means you may be worrying about how your divorce will impact how much you will be able to see your children. The choice to end your marriage was a difficult one to make, and you understand how difficult this process can be for the younger members of the family as well. For this reason, you want to make the holiday season as easy as possible for your kids.

One way you can do this is by including specific terms for how you and the other parent will share parenting time during the holiday season. When you have these things arranged, it will eliminate the need to fight over them in the future. This is one of the main reasons why having strong, clear and thoughtful parenting plans in place is one of the keys to post-divorce success for Florida families.

Can an unmarried father block an adoption?

If you’ve decided to place your baby for adoption, the last thing you want is to find yourself caught in a legal battle with the baby’s father. So, what should you know about unmarried fathers’ rights?

Florida’s adoption laws devote a lot of words to fathers and their rights. The gist is that the law gives them a lot of power, but only if they exercise that power and show real commitment to parenthood. The law expects them to act responsibly during the pregnancy and after the birth.

Can birth mothers change their minds about adoption?

Many birth mothers who place their children into adoption do so after unplanned pregnancies. Their pregnancies catch them by surprise and force them to ask some tough questions. Should they keep the baby? Abort it? Or place it for adoption? These questions are hard for anyone, especially for young women suddenly faced with the idea of becoming moms.

As a result, adoptions usually come after some tough soul-searching, serious counseling and deep thought. Women who place their babies for adoption often do so because they see that it’s best for the child. The women realize they would struggle. They would be unable to give their children the lives they deserve. But when these women give birth, they often experience doubts.

How do birth mothers cope with adoption?

Choosing to place your baby up for adoption is a big deal. There are plenty of good reasons why mothers choose adoption, but no one should ever suggest the decision isn’t large or difficult. Even when you know adoption is best for both you and your baby, it’s normal to experience moments of doubt or regret. So how can you cope?

A 2018 study from Baylor University looked at the different ways birth mothers adjusted after their adoptions. It found that birth mothers’ levels of satisfaction often changed over time, and it found that two things tended to lead toward a better post-adoption adjustment. Those were the birth mother’s career and her involvement in an open adoption.

Frequently asked questions about adopting in Florida

Floridians know there is no love stronger than that between a parent and a child, even if the child isn’t biologically related to them.

According to a renowned child adoption site, there are around 14,000 foster care children here in Florida. Those looking to adopt may have questions regarding the matter and want to know what they need to legally qualify.

What should parents know about post-adoption communication?

For many years, the vast majority of adoptions were closed—meaning “secret.” The adoptive parents didn’t know who the birth mothers were, and the birth mothers didn’t know who were raising their child.

However, as people became more aware of the advantages of open adoptions, these became the norm. Most adoptions are now open or semi-open, meaning that birth mothers and adoptive parents can learn about each other and communicate after the adoption.

Preparing for a New Addition

Adopting a child is a lengthy process that is legally complex and emotionally charged. Set aside the financial obligation. Prospective parents who are about to become legal parents need to not only prepare themselves on a personal level but also take actual steps to welcome their respective new additions.

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Co-parenting can work even if you don't like your ex-spouse

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is deciding what will happen to your children. It's not easy to relinquish control of your parenting time or your children's schedule, and it can be hard to set aside your own feelings so you can do what is in the best interests of the children. In many cases, Florida families find that it is beneficial to choose a co-parenting schedule. 

Co-parenting is not easy, and it will require you and your former spouse to work together cooperatively to raise your children together post-divorce. This can be especially difficult when you and the other parent don't get along. However, this does not necessarily preclude you from choosing this custody option. With a commitment to the needs of your children and the right perspective, it is possible to make co-parenting work well

Thinking of adopting a child? Keep these things in mind

Many Florida households include family members who are children. The means by which a child enters a family can vary. Perhaps you have a neighbor who is currently pregnant. A few doors down, you might know another person who welcomed several children into his or her family by marrying the children's parent. Chances are, somewhere in your town, there are also children who came to their families by adoption.

If married spouses are unable to conceive a child for some reason, they might consider adopting one instead. Then again, you might already have several biological children but feel called to reach out and welcome an adopted child into your family as well. Regardless of your exact reasons for wanting to adopt, there are several things you'll want to keep in mind if you are contemplating doing so.

The Importance of Adoption Awareness

This year’s National Adoption Week occurs from October 14th to the 20th. Since it’s inception, the event focuses on finding homes for children waiting to be adopted. This year, the emphasis is on kids who wait the longest to find a home. Considered priority children, they include:

  • Sibling groups
  • Minority ethnic children
  • Older children suffering from health issues or disabilities
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