Restraining Orders – What Every Domestic Abuse Victim Needs to Know

Family Law Issues

Domestic violence is all too prevalent in our society. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than 12 million men and women are victims of rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner on an annual basis. But this statistic only tells part of the story:

  • Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men are victims at some point during their life
  • Of the cases of domestic assault that enter the court system, 22 % were witnessed by a child
  • Almost 30% of college women report having been in an abusive dating relationship
  • Over half of all college women report knowing a friend who has been in a violent dating relationship

When living with – or leaving – a domestic abuser, experts recommend creating a safety plan. Safety plans are drafted by a professional and outline how to deal with the abuser in a variety of different circumstances. read more

Florida Child Relocation After Divorce

Divorce is a stressful time for all parties involved. It is a life-changing situation especially when children are involved. The stress is exacerbated further when custodial parent relocation becomes a point of contention. If a parent wants to implement a child relocation after divorce, the matter becomes even more complex and sometimes more contentious.

Florida Law: Child Relocation After Divorce

Florida Statutes concerning relocation are focused on what is best for minor children and protecting the rights of non-custodial parents. If the relocation means moving more than 50 miles from the non-custodial parent, the relocating parent will have to inform the courts and the former spouse by using the Intent to Relocate form. The laws specify formal written consent. However, even when the other party consents, the Court may still step in to review the petition. read more