Law Office Of Sam Jurban - January 2018

Fathers’ Custody Rights HOW FATHERS’ RIGHTS WORK IN FLORIDA

Determining custody can be the most contentious and emotional part of the divorce process. Parents want to be with their children; it’s as simple as that. However, when the parents can’t agree, the burden falls upon the Florida circuit courts to determine what living arrangement would be best for the child or children after their parents separate or divorce. Suffice it to say that fathers in Florida have come a long way to equality and footing with the mother when it comes to custody cases. There have been an increasing number of cases in recent times where the court awards majority time-sharing or custody of the children to the father. The state’s guidelines for determining custody are broad and complex. Factors like a father’s parenting responsibilities prior to the divorce, their ability to meet a child’s developmental needs, and their willingness to be respectful of and to share their child’s time with their mother are all closely considered. If the parties cannot resolve their disagreement through the help of their lawyers and a mediator, then the judge will resolve it for them

after receiving information limited by the rules of evidence and time.

Fathers who are predisposed to protecting their children from the divorce proceedings are better off in the end. It is always best not to share court documents or information about the proceedings with your children. Sharing documents and information with children can be seen as an attempt to manipulate them, and this sort of manipulation does not reflect well in court. After the court makes an original custody determination, that determination can be changed only after there has been a legal change in circumstances. Generally, in order for there to be a legal change in circumstances, the change must not be anticipated, it must be involuntary, and it must be material and permanent. If there is a true change in circumstances, either parent can file a petition to modify time-sharing or parenting.

TAKE A BREAK SLOW COOKER RASPBERRY WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE

There’s nothing like curling up under a blanket with a warmmug and a novel that finally came out in paperback. Break out the slow cooker and let the sweet aroma waft through your living room as your start Chapter 1.

Ingredients

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1 cup white chocolate chips

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2 tablespoons powdered sugar

14 ounces sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups heavy cream, divided 3 cups milk (any variety will do)

4 tablespoons raspberry liqueur or syrup

Directions

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In a slow cooker, combine white chocolate chips, condensed milk, 1 cup cream, and milk. Cover and heat on low about 2 hours. In a large bowl, mix remaining 1 cup cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.

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Using a hand or stand mixer, whip until stiff peaks form. Serve mugs of hot chocolate with about 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur or syrup to taste and a dollop of whipped cream.

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Recipe inspired by SlowCookerGourmet.net

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