Orlando Paternity, Modification, Adoption & Enforcement Attorney
In addition to divorce-related cases Goodblatt · Leo handles a wide variety of other family law issues, including collaborative divorce, paternity, step-parent and adult adoption, temporary custody by extended family member, modification, enforcement, and gestational surrogacy. Amy Goodblatt is also a Florida Bar Certified Family Law and Appellate Mediator. With our experience and team approach to legal representation, our Orlando Paternity, Modification, Adoption & Enforcement attorneys are prepared to help you achieve your goals for your family.
In Florida, if parents are not married when a child is born, fatherhood is not automatically legally established. Establishing paternity identifies a child’s legal father and gives important rights and benefits to the child, the mother, and the father. For example, the parents will both then have access to the child’s medical and educational records. Through this procedure, the parents will have the right to obtain court orders for child support, custody, and timesharing.
Step-Parent & Adult Adoption
Adopting a child is a momentous decision that often presents prospective parents with numerous legal hurdles. Further complicating matters, each type of adoption—whether through an agency or involving a stepchild or close relative—has a unique procedure. Once a final judgment of adoption is granted, the adoptive family permanently assumes all parental rights and responsibilities for the child.
Temporary Custody by Extended Family
Sometimes parents are temporarily unable to care for their child due to military service, temporary disability, or other reasons. Parents can assign temporary custody to an extended family member so that children’s access to health insurance and medical care, for example, are not interrupted.
Depending on the circumstances of a marriage, a divorce or paternity case ends with numerous court orders pertaining to custody, child support, alimony, and timesharing. While these orders should accurately reflect the needs of the family at the time of divorce, they may need to be changed in the future if significant events affect the operability of the agreements. For example, a modification may be necessary if one parent moves far from the other.
When a former spouse or parent fails to follow a court order following a judgment, there are options to enforce the Order. For child support, there are powerful collection tools at their disposal, such as wage deductions, income tax intercepts, driver’s license suspension, fines, and jail time. Sometimes enforcement relates to following through on other matters such as property settlement. It is extremely important to seek the advice of a lawyer with experience in this area to ensure your enforcement action is proper and just, whether you are seeking enforcement or enforcement is sought against you.
The birth of a child is always a highlight of a parent’s life. When a parent or parents elect to hire a surrogate, everyone wants the process to go smoothly so that the entire family (and the surrogate) has peace of mind.
Florida law states that when a couple wishes to enter into a gestational surrogacy arrangement, they must sign a written agreement with the surrogate to carry a child. The agreement must be reviewed by a court to confirm it is in accordance with the law, and then a new birth certificate is issued for the child. It is imperative that this contract be written precisely in accordance with the law by an experienced lawyer who will protect the child, the parents and the surrogate.
Talk to an Experienced Orlando Family Law Attorney
If you live in the Orlando area and need assistance with any family law matter, please contact Goodblatt · Leo to schedule a consultation. Our experienced Orlando Paternity, Modification, Adoption & Enforcement attorneys are here to provide the advice and guidance you need to resolve your legal concern.