Month: November 2015

The Effects of a Criminal Record on One’s Future

The U.S. incarcerates more people per capita than any other western nation and is third in the world behind China and North Korea, countries known for their human rights abuses. It stands to reason that the U.S. also convicts more people for various crimes. It is also the nature of our criminal justice system that those persons with criminal convictions face numerous obstacles in finding suitable employment or housing, and in other areas of normal life. Anyone who has been charged with a criminal offense should retain an experienced criminal lawyer and be cognizant of the consequences of a criminal...

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Does a Child’s Preference Affect Custody?

The basic standard in all custody determinations is “what is in the best interests of the child.” It is a broad phrase that takes into account a number of factors the court will examine in ordering time-sharing and visitation rights. The term “custody” is out of favor with Florida legislators and courts, which prefer to use the phrase “time-sharing” or “parenting time”.   One of the factors in determining time-sharing is the preference of the child in spending the principal amount of time with one parent over the other. Florida is a state where the child’s preference is considered,...

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