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Your marriage counselor may know how it will end

If you and your spouse are heading to marriage counseling, it is likely because your marriage is in trouble. You may have a clear issue to tackle, or you may simply be having difficulty communicating. Marriage counseling can often open doors that give new life to struggling marriages, but this is not always the case.

In some situations, marriage counseling is the final step before divorce. You may not realize or care to admit to yourself that certain signs indicate the marriage is over and that counseling is not the answer. However, your counselor likely has seen enough troubled marriages to recognize if yours is one that is at risk of ending in divorce.

How to bond with your adopted child

When you start down the path toward adoption, your goal is to welcome a child into your lives. If all goes according to plan, you, your spouse and your new child will become a healthy, loving family.

However, there are steps you must take before you get from point A to point B. No matter how lofty your goals, you may feel a measure of disconnect when you first adopt, especially if you have already had one or more biological children. Pregnancy and birth wire mothers to love their babies. Adoptive parents may need to develop their emotional bonds more intentionally.

Getting divorced? Keep finances in mind

Juggling finances and balancing home life with work and other obligations or commitments can make the average person's life quite challenging at times. If you and your spouse have decided to file for divorce in a Florida court, you might be feeling stressed, anxious or worried right about now. It's okay. You are definitely not alone in your struggle. In fact, before 2019 ends and during the first few weeks of the new year, many people will likely make similar decisions to end their marital relationships.

If you're a parent, your children's best interests are no doubt your main concern. However, don't forget about finances, as such issues are also typically a high priority, especially if you've been out of the workforce for a while and will need to obtain employment to make ends meet when you are no longer sharing a household with your spouse.

What are the basics of gestational surrogacy in Florida?

Not every Florida couple can give birth. Some couples will need to look at other options to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents. If you’re among these couples, you might have considered adoption. But that’s not your only option in Florida. You may also choose to work with a surrogate.

Both traditional and gestational surrogacy are legal in Florida. Of the two, gestational surrogacy is more common. This is largely because it avoids some of the trickier legal issues tied to traditional surrogacy.

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.

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