The International Family Law Firm

The International Family Law Firm We specialize in Family Law and International Family Law. Our team is comprised of skilled, compassionate, dedicated and hardworking family law professionals.
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As such, our goal is to educate, negotiate, mediate or litigate to the best interests of our clients. We speak English, French and Spanish. We handle any issues related to Family law including child support, time-sharing, relocation in the US or outside the US, divorce, alimony, distribution of assets, international kidnapping cases, and enforcement of foreign judgments....

Mission: We are dedicated to assist you in the most difficult time of your life.

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Summer break has started but many camps are closed or parents do not want to send their children to in person camps due ...
06/09/2020
Classes for age 11 starting this week or later. Upcoming classes first.

Summer break has started but many camps are closed or parents do not want to send their children to in person camps due to the pandemic. It does not mean that summer has to be bleak for children and parents. For families who want to keep their children's education growing over the summer, here are some completely virtual summer camp/activity suggestions (some are entirely free) to keep your children's mind active and entertained:

https://outschool.com/online-classes?age=11&order=upcoming#usp9mEVPuZ

https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/learning-toolkit-blog/online-summer-math-programs.html

https://summercamphub.com/free-online-summer-camps/

https://www.varsitytutors.com/virtual-summer-camp-catalog

https://www.nightzookeeper.com/

https://www.imacs.org/home/classes/summer-camp/

https://www.mathnasium.com/

15,000+ video chat classes for K-12 science, art, mindfulness, english, social studies, life skills, and more!

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03/22/2020
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NEED A JOB? Publix is looking to hire thousands of associates by the end of March to fill positions in stores and distribution centers.

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03/22/2020

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03/20/2020
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CORONAVIRUS SCAM ALERT -- The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam that has been reported involving people who claim they can test residents for COVID-19.

03/18/2020

As the situation concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve and is financially hurting families, the International Family Law Firm has decided to help and will be running a discount on our Essential Plan which includes: A Simple Will, A General Durable Power of attorney, and a Living will/Health Care Surrogate.

At a minimum, everyone should have a simple will, general durable power of attorney, healthcare power of attorney and living will. These documents ensure that you control what happens to your property when you die rather than the state. Also, they specify who can make decisions for you if you are incapacitated and avoid a costly incompetency and guardianship court proceeding.

The Essential Plan has been discounted to $550.00 until the end of the month.

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, do not hesitate to contact us: at 954-527-8540 or send us an email at: [email protected]. Our team is here to support you and we speak French, English, and Spanish. Please stay safe.

03/18/2020

As the situation concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly evolve, The International Family Law Firm wants to assure you that we are open, fully operational, and able to assist you in your legal matters. We have been working from the office as well as remotely with clients located all over the world for years and, because we are lawyers, we had already planned for the worst case scenario. Our Firm is open but we are working remotely for the safety of all. As a result, our office was already set up and organized to handle emergencies while maintaining a high level of service. If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, do not hesitate to contact us: at 954-527-8540. Our team is fully operational and here to support you. Please stay safe.

10/17/2019
The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

#TBT: In honor of Pro Bono Month, flashback to 2017 and this great video highlighting our pro bono needs and programs.

We love our pro bono attorneys, and our need is as great as ever! In the last two years, we have expanded our pro bono opportunities, including our new young adult mentorship program in partnership with the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.

For more information on this or other pro bono programs, visit https://guardianadlitem.org/get-involved/pro-bono-attorney/.

Check back next week as we highlight a few of our pro bono attorneys in recognition of Pro Bono Month and the National Celebration of Pro Bono.

Link below to the 2017 Florida Guardian ad Litem Pro Bono Video: youtu.be/OIiimaLEBcQ

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#celebrateProBono #ProBonoMonth #MakingaDifference
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10/08/2017
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This divorce dispute could only happen in Canada! Luckily, there's a hockey, er, happy ending! ❤️ 🏒 ❤️

03/24/2016
Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association

Excellent new law!


https://www.facebook.com/FSFAPA/posts/1008378782587837

Governor Scott Signs the Child’s Best Hope Law

Supportive Words from the Advocacy Community

[Tallahassee] - On Wednesday, March 23, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Child’s Best Hope Act into law. By signing this bill, Governor Scott is ensuring the best interests of Florida’s most vulnerable children is paramount. The new law allows judges to make decisions regarding adoption intervention using the child's best interest standard.

The Problem –

The previous law viewed “best interest” differently depending on whether it was a family law case or a dependency case. It permitted a parent, even one who murdered a spouse, committed egregious abuse on a child, or who wished to punish a foster parent who had provided a loving home for the child, to choose who the child would be placed with for adoption. The court was only permitted to determine whether the placement was fit and proper; the court could not consider whether the placement was in the child’s best interest.

One Boy’s Story –

After a four year old boy’s mother was murdered by his father, the child was sheltered by the Department of Children and Families and placed with his maternal aunt. While the father was in jail awaiting trial, he choose his mother (the child’s paternal grandmother) to adopt the child effectively eliminating the maternal family from the child’s life. The father asserted “that because his parental rights were still intact, he had a constitutional right to make a permanency determination for his child.” The paternal grandmother asserted “that the trial court was not permitted to veto a parent’s decision simply because it perceived that another placement might be better.’” Because of the wording of Florida’s adoption statute, the court could only determine if the paternal grandmother was a fit and proper placement for the boy. The court could not consider what was in the best interest of the child (including possibly staying with his maternal aunt).

The Solution –

Effective July 1, 2016, dependency judges will be able to “consider and weigh” all relevant factors, including, but not limited to, the permanency offered; the bonded relationship between the child and the current caregiver; stability of adoptive home; reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient maturity, understanding, and experience to express a preference, and what is best for the child; and what is best for the child. This new law applies to all children where an adoption intervention occurs in dependency court.

Sen. Nancy Detert (R-Venice) and Rep. Janet Adkins (R- Fernandina Beach) championed the Child’s Best Hope law in order to allow judges to consider the child’s best interests when making these important adoption placement decisions. As Sen. Nancy Detert said in closing on her bill on the Senate floor, “Our main focus is children. This flaw in our law can be fixed and will smooth out the road for children in the future.”

Rep. Janet Adkins stated “Children are the greatest hope for our state and our community. This legislation will restore common sense on how decisions are made regarding the best interest of a child. This law corrects a tragic flaw in the law that allowed a dangerous individual to cause further harm to his/her children from the confines of prison. I am proud to stand with Florida’s children, their advocates and foster parents to ensure that all children can have the benefits of a stable, loving home.”

Supportive Words from the Advocacy Community….

Mike Carroll, Secretary of the Department of Children and Families: “The journey to adoption for many children can be traumatic and it’s our job as leaders of this state to do everything possible to advocate for a child’s best interest. We have been proud to partner with the Guardian ad Litem program leaders and volunteers in their efforts to pass this important bill which accomplishes that shared goal.”

Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office: “We appreciate Governor Rick Scott’s support of Guardian ad Litem volunteers and foster parents throughout the state. They raised this issue, and the Governor listened and supported the bill. It was a true grassroots effort to pass this legislation.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel, Chair of the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee: “Sometimes the long-term needs of the children in our system get lost when looking at permanency issues - but this law changes that and allows the judges to consider all the factors contributing to what's in the best interest of the child. And that's what everything we do should be about - what's ultimately going to serve the children of our state well to help them be able to grow up stable, confident, happy and loved.”

Rep. Gayle Harrell, Chair of House Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee: “I am excited that the legislature and governor have recognized what child advocates have known all along - that Florida's children deserve to have their best interests served when considering their future. By allowing the judiciary the opportunity to weigh all of the facts of a case, this law sends a message to the children of our state that we care about them and their long-term well-being.”
Harriet Wynn, President of Florida State Foster Adoptive Association (FSFAPA): "Stability and permanency are essential elements for the success of Florida's most vulnerable children. We are proud to have partnered with the Guardian ad Litem program and the diverse coalition of supporters to advocate this sensible bipartisan legislation that solves everyday problems in the Florida child welfare system. Florida foster and adoptive parents thank Governor Scott, Senator Detert, and Representative Harrell for their leadership."

Jeanne Tate, Board Certified Adoption Attorney: “This law will allow children to exit foster care sooner, achieve much needed permanency, and enhance the birth parents’ right to make responsible parenting decisions.”

Heather Cox Rosenberg, President, Tallahassee Area Foster and Adoptive Parent Association: “When a child in my care can come back to me in the future to ask me about how the system made decisions for their future, I can honestly look them in the eye and say we considered everything from the angle of what was in your best interest. Then I'll know we did this right because now a judge will be able to look at the entire picture and make a decision based on what will best serve that child's needs - not what made things easier for the adults. That's so important!”

Ashely Kalifeh, Guardian ad Litem Volunteer with 10 years’ experience: “A child’s best hope for a strong future where he or she get to grow up happy, safe, confident and secure lies in our ability to do what’s in his or her best interests and the law now allows that to happen.”

Christina Spudeas, Executive Director, Florida’s Children First: “Florida's children no longer have to hope that we get things right with their long-term well-being. With this law, we are now clearly telling them that we get it. We understand that their hopes and dreams matter and that we're willing to ensure that what will help them achieve stability and safety is considered from every angle.”
Dr. Thomas Croom, CEO/President, Go Foster!, foster and adoptive parent: “Children in foster care need GREAT parents. We are excited to see policy makers developing common sense solutions that solve problems and that also encourages parent recruitment. More great parents are needed in Florida to engage the foster and adoption system and legislation like this helps."

Tara Flank, Foster Parent: “It is said that the children’s best interest comes first in dependency cases. As a long term foster parent, I can tell you that is not always the case. Children need stability in placement. They are unable to speak for themselves, so the adults in the system need to be sure that judges have the ability to make decisions that are truly consistent with the child’s best interest. Thank you to all involved with the creation and passing of this bill into law. We are now ensuring that the children are not further victimized by the system that is designed to protect them.”

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Fiscalité de l'assurance vie française aux États-Unis - Sénat

If you have a life insurance in France, you should read this article.
http://www.senat.fr/questions/base/2015/qSEQ150114672.html

M. Robert del Picchia attire l'attention de M. le ministre des finances et des comptes publics sur la fiscalité des contrats d'assurance vie détenus en France par nos ressortissants établis aux États-Unis. Il semble que l' « internal revenue service » américain (l'IRS) ne reconnaisse pas l'enveloppe…

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BEFORE THE DIVORCE…

Before ending your marriage and hiring a lawyer, it is always good to make sure your marriage is really over and that you hired the right professional for you.

CAN YOUR MARRIAGE BE SAVED?

Before you take any legal steps to end your marriage, you should make sure that you have tried all possible ways to save it. Do you want professional help in working out ways to save your marriage? Many communities and social and religious organizations offer counseling services either free or on a sliding fee scale. Or you may wish to consult with a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi or other qualified person. Your attorney may also refer you to someone who can counsel you and your spouse. Remember that just because one professional was not helpful does not mean that another will not be as well. I have seen people who with the right marriage counselor, family therapist, rabbi, or priest were able to save their marriage. However, keep in mind that no matter what, no one shall stay in an abusive relationship, especially when the abuse is physical. In such cases, at least physical separation is strongly recommended, even if you hope to work on your marriage.

IF YOUR MARRIAGE CANNOT BE SAVED

If your marriage cannot be saved, then it is time to select a lawyer. The best way to find a lawyer is to ask other people you trust for referrals. Former clients of a lawyer are good referrals because they went through the experience of divorcing with such lawyer and if they are satisfied, chances are you might be too. However, keep in mind that not one divorce is the same as another. Your friend may have had a higher financial ability than you and, consequently, her or his lawyer may not be adapted to your situation simply because you cannot afford such lawyer. Other professionals (accountants, doctors, therapists, other lawyers who do not practice in family law) are also good referrals because they regularly send their clients to the same lawyer and hear about that lawyer’s work from their clients. It is also very important that you feel truly comfortable with your lawyer. Indeed, the divorce lawyer will accompany you in one of the most important and difficult moment of your life so if you do not trust or even like this professional, find another lawyer. Changing lawyer in the middle of a divorce proceeding is costly and counter-productive. Your lawyer should treat you with respect, advise you according to what is best for you, communicate with you about the case on a regular basis, timely respond to your questions, and be reasonably available for you when needed (and you must be available as well). Your case is about your family and your lawyer should care about your family. Also, beware of a lawyer who promises you everything you want. Florida Family Courts are courts of equity, which means that Florida family law judges have wide discretion. Consequently, for some issues of the divorce, it is extremely difficult to predict what the judge assigned to your case will decide. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO HIRE A LAWYER WHO TELLS YOU THE TRUTH AND NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR. Otherwise, how can you evaluate the strategy the lawyer is proposing to take for your case? Prior to taking on any legal action, a lawyer and his/her client should conduct a cost-benefit analysis as a mean of evaluating all of the potential costs, fees, and benefits that may be generated if the action is completed. The outcome of the analysis will determine whether the legal action is financially feasible, or if another strategy should be pursued. This approach is essential and should be discussed with the lawyer prior to hiring such professional. Although strategies must often change to adapt to the need of the case, the cost-benefit analysis approach shall be applied through the litigation because it is the only way for you to have any understanding (and control) about the fees and costs related to your case. Keep in mind that some legal actions cannot be avoided but you still should have an idea about their costs and outcomes. This, of course, does not mean that your lawyer has a crystal ball and can exactly predict how much fees and cost the litigation will cost but a general idea and a worst case scenario/best case scenario approach will help you navigate the complicated and costly divorce litigation.
Some people also decide to represent themselves. Going through a divorce without a lawyer can be very challenging but it is not impossible. However, it is always useful to consult with a lawyer from time to time, especially at the beginning of the litigation and before you are signing any agreement. For the price of a consultation or the hourly rate of the attorney, you can discuss your rights and obligations and determine if you are proceeding in the right direction. In any case, even if you represent yourself, do not sign any agreement without first consulting with an attorney. This is a preventive action you will not regret.
Lastly, always remember that legal fees are expensive, so understand that calling your lawyer every day (or sending e-mails), just because you are upset at your ex-spouse and you need to complain to someone, is very costly and does not accomplish a lot. It is more productive and less costly for you to consult with a therapist, on a regular basis, to learn how to manage your anxiety and/or your anger. It will even benefit you through the litigation by helping you look at your divorce more objectively. Indeed, anger is rarely the best adviser. A lawyer is not a therapist and should only help you with the legal side of the divorce.

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