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Separating fact from fiction in a Florida divorce

Most Florida residents who are parting ways have numerous questions. They may seek opinions and advice from friends, co-workers or family members who have been through a divorce. However, those residents may need to exercise caution because every situation is different and not all information is reliable no matter how well intentioned the person giving it may be.

For instance, men often believe that they will be relegated to weekend visits with their children because mothers are favored by Florida courts in custody matters. That may have been true decades ago, but these days, courts are recognizing more often that having both parents in the children's lives as much as possible. The courts still base their decisions on what is in the best interests of the children, but they now recognize that does not necessarily mean favoring one parent over the other.

Police chase ends in deadly car accident

Few Florida residents can argue with the fact that police have a job to do. It is up to them to investigate suspicious activity not only to determine whether a crime is being committed, but also to protect the safety of the public they serve. However, some may wonder whether they go too far in this endeavor. For instance, a recent pursuit ended in a deadly car accident.

The police department involved reported that its deputies were at the county landfill looking into a suspicious vehicle. When the vehicle fled the scene, the deputies gave chase. Officials say that the pursuit was called off when speed reached unsafe levels and the suspect vehicle came upon an intersection. Unfortunately, those efforts were too little, too late.

Danger Zone: Why lawmakers are considering new speed limits

They don't call Florida the Sunshine State for nothing. On average, Miami alone sees roughly 248 sunny days each year, with a relative high of around 90 in July, explains bestplaces.net. Our state's climate and good weather encourage people to get outside and enjoy nature, doing everything from biking to walking.

Unfortunately, getting out on foot and walking around Florida's cities also means an increased risk of collisions with vehicles. This isn't for shock either. According to data collected by Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition, nine Florida cities can be found topping the list of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians. Thankfully, this data hasn't gone unnoticed.

Consider the following when drafting contracts for show dogs

A cookie cutter agreement may work for some Florida purebred owners, but for those who own show dogs together, these boilerplate agreements are more than likely going to be woefully inadequate. In order to avoid confrontations and disputes in the future, it may be better to consider drafting contracts that fit the unique circumstances and issues that the parties bring to the table. Otherwise, what should be a mutually beneficial relationship could quickly degrade into a courtroom battle from which neither party really emerges victorious.

Even though most contracts contain similar and basic provisions, each one can be customized to fit the needs, desires and expectations of the parties involved. The contract should clearly delineate what each party expects of the other. It is important for each party to be sure that these specific provisions include everything he or she wants. Once the contract is signed, its provisions legally bind him or her unless another contract is created and executed.

What are unmarried biological fathers' rights in adoptions?

When a married couple has a child, Florida law presumes that the husband is the father. That same presumption does not exist when the mother and father are not married. An unmarried father may already know that he needs to establish paternity in order to assert his fathers' rights. However, he may not know that it takes more than validating paternity to object to an adoption of his child.

In fact, establishing paternity is only the first step, which needs to be taken as soon after the birth as possible. Otherwise, the court may conclude that the biological father lacks the desired commitment to be a father. A show of commitment is required in order to attempt to block the adoption of his child. Claiming to have been unaware of the pregnancy and birth may not be sufficient, depending on the circumstances.

Proving negligence in Florida car accident claims

Florida motorists typically take their responsibilities to their passengers and others on the roadways seriously. However, some drivers fail to meet the expectations of the law and everyone else with whom they share the roads. If you were unfortunate enough to encounter one of these drivers and suffered injuries in a car accident, you may be wondering whether any personal injury claim you file in its aftermath will be successful.

This largely depends on whether the evidence you provide a Florida civil court establishes the negligence of the other driver. In order to meet this requirement, you must prove that the elements of negligence exist in your case. First, you need to show that the driver believed responsible owed you a duty, which was established as soon as he or she got behind the wheel. Whether here in Florida or elsewhere, all drivers are bound to follow traffic laws and drive in a safe manner.

Could mediation help you come to a child custody agreement?

Your marriage may be over, but you and your soon-to-be former spouse understand that your bond as parents will never change. Your relationship with the other parent may be tenuous right now, but you can both see a future in which you can cooperate and raise your children together despite a Florida divorce. You just need some help in order to reach an agreement. This is where mediation can prove invaluable.

More than likely, each of you wants to spend as much time with your children as possible. In addition to standard overnights, you will need to work out a plan for vacations, holidays and birthdays, among other special events in your and your children's lives. Numerous factors go into making these decisions. A mediator can help the two of you make realistic decisions regarding parenting time.

Is Tesla liable for the most recent self-driving car accident?

The tragic death of a 40-year-old Ohio man who was killed when his self-driving Tesla car slammed into a truck on a Florida highway wasn't just news for residents here in Florida. This story grabbed national attention as it was "believed to be the first deadly crash in which an American driver was relying on self-driving technology to steer, accelerate and brake the vehicle," explained a USA Today article.

Though many suspected the vehicle's autopilot system was faulty, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that this was not the case. Now, many are left wondering if the victim's family will seek compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Horse breeding contracts: The live foal guarantee

In most business contracts in Florida and elsewhere, one party agrees to provide a product or service to another in exchange for payment or some other consideration. This usually does not create much of an issue since fulfilling the terms of the contract is often guaranteed. When it comes to horse breeding contracts, that guarantee may not be as easy to rely on for the parties.

For this reason, many contracts include a live foal guarantee. Since many breeding contracts are made prior to the next season, any number of things can occur during the offseason. The mare could die, be sold or become infertile. In other cases, the mare's mating season could already be booked or the mare could already be pregnant.

Yet another fatal auto accident happened on I-10 recently

Interstate 10 stretches through several states, including the panhandle of Florida. This interstate is the site numerous crashes each year in every state through which it runs. Sadly, yet another fatal auto accident occurred on the roadway recently here in the state.

The accident occurred between Highways 81 and 331 in the eastbound lanes of the interstate. Preliminary reports reveal that the first vehicle was in the left eastbound lane when it veered into the median. The driver attempted to get the vehicle back on the roadway. The vehicle then slammed into a second vehicle. First reports indicated that three vehicles were involved, but this report turned out to be erroneous.

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