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Hillsborough County Judge denies same-sex divorce

Circuit Judge Laurel M. Lee dismissed the pending petition for dissolution 2 women who were legally married in Massachusetts in 2010. Judge Lee ruled that she could not grant a divorce for an unrecognized marriage in this state citing Florida’s 2008 constitutional amendment and Florida statute (§ 741.212), which provides explicitly that Florida does not

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New Jersey Court Rules on a Case of First Impression: Mother Can Exclude Father from Delivery Room

Recently, a New Jersey Superior Court Judge ruled, in Plotnick v. DeLuccia, that a putative father has no right to be notified when an expectant mother goes into labor, nor can the father be present in the delivery room without the mother’s approval.   This issue is one of first impression in the entire country.  A

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Top 40 under 40 Family Lawyers

Attorney Christina Anton Garcia was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Florida for 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) in December 2013. Christina was selected via a six-month process that involved ASLA researching information on tens of thousands of lawyers. They then compile

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U.S. Expands Legal Benefits Services for Same-Sex Marriages

Monday, February 10, 2014 is a day to remember for the gay community! The U.S expanded the legal benefits services for same-sex marriages. They now recognize same-sex marriages in federal legal matters including: prison visits, survivor benefits, and bankruptcies. This federal expansion encompasses 34 states where same-sex marriages are illegal. These states will still be

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