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As we are all busy making our holiday preparations, let us all take a moment of silence in remembrance of the devastating attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Let us all honor the heroism and sacrifice of so many on that December morning 75 years ago today.
From everyone here at the Law Office of Mary A. Cosmo, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving filled with friends and family. Wishing you safe travels during the Holiday! -MAC
Family Law, Guardianship, Trust & Estate Planning, Serving Lee, Hendry, Glades, and, Collier Counties. Law Offices in Ft. Myers and Law Office in LaBelle.
About 40 Foster Kids enjoys Christmas in July with the wonderful Lee County Young Lawyers Division. Thank you to all who made this a memorable event! I think I had more fun then the kids! – Mary A. Cosmo, Esq.
By: Melissa E. Mongiello, Esquire
In Florida, a non-residential parent may be responsible for paying child support prior to the date a petition is filed. Also known as retroactive child support. Under Florida law, both parents have a legal responsibility to provide support for their children. Retroactive child support may be needed when one parent pays for the child’s necessities, expenses and daily care and the other parents has not provided any support for the child.
The parent requesting retroactive child support must allege the need in their petition. If the parent seeking retroactive child support can show a need for back child support for the 24 months preceding the filing date. It is also important to note that, awarding retroactive child support is discretionary with the Judge –meaning that the Judge has discretion whether or not retroactive child support will be awarded to the parent seeking back child support.
By: Melissa E. Mongiello, Esquire, Fort Myers, Family Law Attorney
If a parent or guardian is requesting that the Court change the name of a minor child over the objection of one or both parents, the Court must make that determination using the same standard that it uses to determine parental rights, which is the best interests standard.
This typically means that the petitioning parent or guardian must show by substantial and competent evidence that it is in the best interest of the child (necessary for the child’s welfare).
mere allegations or allegations of the parents wishes that the child carry on a name is insignificant to court and will not be enough to establish it is required for the court to change the name of the child to meet the child’s best interests.
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