A major goal for Florida lawmakers with Senate Bill 590 was to "encourage frequent contact between a child and each parent" and to "optimize the development of a close and continuing relationship" with the children after divorce or separation. Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 590 into law and it became effective this year.
On Jun. 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country. The case of Obergefell v. Hodges - now considered a landmark case in civil rights - gave same-sex couples the right to marry and to enjoy the state-bestowed benefits of joint tax filing, healthcare decision-making as a spouse, equal parental rights, and so on. And it was a shot across the bow (from a legal perspective) against discrimination.
To testify means to bear witness.
First the obvious points: Law school is three years of post-graduate education after the four-year college degree. Then there's the bar exam. And there's the matter of experience. This comes only by working "in the trenches," so to speak, representing real people facing real problems.
Your home is your anchor, the place you return after work to be with your family, to unwind, and to rest. Or maybe it's not that at all. If your relationship with your spouse has gone cold - worse, if home is a hostile and toxic environment - home is the last place you want to be.
Preparing for divorce ahead of time sounds a lot like preparing a will - no one wants to do it. But speaking from experience as a divorce lawyer, a little bit of preparation can go a long way.
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The concept of "men's rights" in marital law stems from the apparent historical preference of family courts to grant mothers custody rights over the children, relegating fathers to holidays and weekends.