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Tampa couples join city's domestic partner registry

Tampa's domestic partnership registry - the first created in the Tampa Bay area when Mayor Bob Buckhorn signed the law in April - opened for business at 9 a.m. Monday, June 25th, at Old City Hall. The city of Gulfport's domestic partnership registry also went into effect that same day.

Deployed military parents struggle with child custody issues

When a member of the military is deployed outside of Florida or the country, for that matter it is generally not a matter of choice but rather an order. The Uniform Law Commission is a group of 350 attorneys from every state who work towards drafting state-level legislation for consideration and adoption by each state. Because many of our military service members are often deployed in a different state than they normally reside in jurisdictional problems often arise when a child custody issue surfaces in a military divorce.

Florida alimony laws outdated, say advocates for reform

According to one reform activist, Florida's laws are preventing her from being happily married to her fiancé. Florida laws allow for a judge to award a spouse permanent alimony in a divorce settlement. The reason the Florida resident has not yet married her beloved is because, she says, her income could be used to support her fiancé's ex-wife and she doesn't want her income used in that way. The activist for reform, who teaches college math, said the intention of the alimony laws should be to support families and children, not prevent families from forming in the first place.

Divorce and the need for an automatic temporary restraining order

When most people think of a restraining order they might assume it involves some form of domestic abuse or physical violence in a distressed relationship however not in this case. An automatic temporary restraining order or ATRO is used in a divorce to establish a baseline regarding a couple's assets, including insurance policies, bank accounts, estate beneficiary and retirement account designations and the like. It is designed to ensure an equitable distribution of assets.

Judge puts the heat on Heat star's wife in custody dispute, p. 2

The Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce has pushed Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade's family court issues right off the front page of celebrity tabloids. The custody and visitation argument is still very much alive for Wade's two boys, though; a handoff that did not go as planned landed Wade and his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, in a courtroom recently, with their 10- and 5-year-old sons stuck right in the middle.

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