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Palm Beach Defense Attorney: DCF Has a Reputation for Breaking Up Families

According to criminal defense lawyer Andrew Stine, DCF has earned a reputation for using underhanded tactics to remove children from their homes. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has a nefarious reputation throughout Florida for illegally removing children from their families, reports Andrew D. Stine, Palm Beach defense attorney. DCF will receive a report through the “hotline” regarding child abuse, child endangerment or child neglect and then use underhanded tactics in their investigation of the allegations. Several investigation tools used by DCF allow for the “child” to be interviewed, without the parents even knowing about the investigation let alone the interview. Schools are a favorite place for DCF to use this underhanded tactic in their bag of investigative tools. DCF likes to show up at elementary schools, middle schools… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County – Alimony

Family Law in Palm Beach County – Alimony

Alimony is defined as the maintenance or spousal support that is an obligation established by a divorce. The obligation is based on the premise that both spouses supported each other during the marriage and alimony is the extension of that obligation after a separation or divorce. History Liberalization of divorce occurred in the nineteenth century, but divorce was only possible in cases of marital misconduct. As a result, the requirement to pay alimony was linked to the concept of “fault” in the divorce. Alimony to wives was paid because it was assumed that the marriage would have continued except for the misbehavior of the husband. According to the American Bar Association, marital fault is a “factor” in awarding alimony. As a man’s income increased, the awarding of alimony increased. No-fault… […]

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Adopting a Child in Palm Beach County, Florida

Adopting a Child in Palm Beach County, Florida

Adoption is the process where a person assumes the parenting for someone who is not kin and permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities from the original parents. It is complicated, emotional and full of life-altering decisions. There are many kinds of adoptions and many different adoption laws that vary from state to state. Federal laws also impact the procedures connected with the adoption process. But – inspite of all the obstacles you may have to face, it is wonderful way to love a child and build a family. Infant Adoption in Palm Beach County Many families want to adopt children and there are many young women and men in Palm Beach County who choose to make adoption a plan for their unborn children. The birth parent has decided that she… […]

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Family Law – Moving Out-of-State With a Child

Family Law – Moving Out-of-State With a Child

The right of a parent to move out-of-state with a child is an area of family law where many states are divided. Previously, states would automatically allow the custodial parent to move wherever he or she wanted to. In recent years, some states have placed restrictions on the right of the custodial parent to move with the child. These states have a strong policy in favor of preserving continuity in the relationship between the child and non-custodial parent. Florida’s policy lies somewhere in the middle but they did change their law about child relocation in 2006. New Florida Custodial Relocation Statute The new Florida law requires that a custodial parent provide written notice to the non-custodial parent of intent to relocate, signed under oath and under penalty of perjury. This… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County – Child Custody

Family Law in Palm Beach County – Child Custody

Child custody or child guardianship are the legal terms that describe the relationship between a parent and his or her child, the right of the parent to make decisions for the child and the parent’s duty to take care of the child. There isn’t a more sensitive, emotional or acrimonious area of family law than this. Family law proceedings that involve residence and contact of children often cause bitter disputes. Some parents cooperate when it comes to sharing their children and resort to mediation to settle a dispute, but other cases pit one parent against another. There are mutual accusations including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, brain washing, sabotage and manipulation. The 15th Circuit  Family Court in Palm Beach County is busy with child custody hearings every day. The outcome… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County – Paternity Law

Family Law in Palm Beach County – Paternity Law

Paternity law is one of biggest areas of family law in Palm Beach County today. As the role of the mother and father in the modern American family changes – and the term “family” itself evolves, this part of family law has become more complex and confusing. Paternity law is defined as the legal acknowledgment of the parental relationship between a man and a child. A child born to the wife during a marriage is also the husband’s child under the “presumption of lawful paternity.” The husband is assigned complete rights, duties and obligations to the child. However, during a divorce, annulment or legal separation, this “presumption” can be challenged in court. Jurisdictions often differ on when a judgment establishing paternity based on “presumption” can be set aside on the… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County

Family Law in Palm Beach County

Family law is an area of law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including marriage, divorce, adoption, property settlements, alimony, and parental responsibility orders like child custody, child support and alimony. This category of law has grown dramatically in recent years, as courts and legislators have redefined the definition of marriage, divorce, child custody and child support. It has been in the national spotlight many times lately. Despite changes made by federal and state lawmakers, family law remains an emotional issue that always evokes passionate feelings from everyone involved. Palm Beach County has several qualified attorneys who either specialize in family law or incorporate it as part of their practice. History of Family Law The concept of a “family” has changed over the years and the law has… […]

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