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Category Archives: parental rights


Paternity Leave and Discrimination

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) establishes guidelines that require certain larger employers to provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child.  Most employers affected by this law are familiar with the requirements, and understand their responsibilities to mothers with respect to maternity leave.  However,… Read More »


Resolving Child Custody Disputes Through Social Investigations

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Parents quickly become emotional about child custody issues, and with good reason – the parent/child relationship is one of the most important relationships in a person’s life. When disputes arise over this loaded issue with a former spouse or partner, resolving them can feel practically impossible. Most parents realize, though, that children are not… Read More »


Do Stepparents Have Any Legal Rights or Responsibilities?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

While the divorce rate has been on the decline in recent years, most people do not have to look too far to find someone whose marriage did not work out. A considerable number of these divorced individuals have young children, which can motivate some parents to seek remarriage in order to provide additional stability… Read More »


Do Incarcerated Parents Have Any Timesharing Rights?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

As many parents know, in order to foster a lasting and meaningful relationship with a child, consistent interaction and involvement in the child’s daily life is necessary. When parents divorce, the one receiving less parenting time, as part of the timesharing order, is bound to notice a shift in the parent/child relationship, but this… Read More »


If You Are Considering Freezing Embryos, Read this First

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When someone thinks about the issues surrounding time-sharing disputes, envisioning a child in this conflict makes sense. However, modern technology has greatly expanded the possibilities of reproduction, and couples previously unable to conceive are now able to have children. Further, they can also postpone parenthood until much later through the use of frozen embryos…. Read More »


When Courts Terminate Parental Rights

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Raising a child is one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences a person can have, which is accomplished through consistent and thorough contact with a child over a span of years. While daily interaction with a child is ideal, divorced parents who share custody still have ample opportunity to influence a child’s development… Read More »

The Rights of Birth Parents in Adoptions

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Bringing home a new baby is one of the happiest moments in a parent’s life. The sense of joy, hopes for the future, and musings on possibilities for the child form a moment in time that is forever etched in the parents’ minds. These emotions are especially present for parents who use adoption to… Read More »

How Do Single Fathers Establish Parental Rights?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When parents welcome the birth of a new child, there is typically no question about who is the mother and father. Being listed on the birth certificate issued by the hospital, which is also filed with the Bureau of Vital Statistics, grants the parents legal rights over the child, and importantly, establishes paternity for… Read More »

Modifying Parenting Time Orders

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When a couple with shared children decides to separate or divorce, there is almost always the need to strike a delicate balance between doing what is best for the children and agreeing to a custody and parenting time arrangement that both parents find tolerable and sustainable. Courts prefer that parents come up with their… Read More »

Who Controls Leftover Eggs, Sperm And Embryos Once A Baby Is Born?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Having a family is an important goal of many American women, and this desire is reflected in the fact that over 70 percent of women become parents by the age of 34. However, the influence of the economic realities of raising a child to the age of 18, coupled with the lingering effects from… Read More »

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