TOP CHILD CUSTODY FACTORS FOR THE COURT TO CONSIDER IN INITIAL CUSTODY DETERMINATIONS (WHERE CUSTODY HAS NEVER BEEN DETERMINED BY A COURT) 1. SEX AND AGE OF EACH CHILD 2. EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, MORAL, MATERIAL AND EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF EACH CHILD 3. HOME ENVIRONMENTS OFFERED BY EACH PARTY 4. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH PARTY SEEKING CUSTODY,…

FOOD FOR THOUGHT 1. People embroiled in custody battles need to understand that your ex will try to use everything they can against you to get custody of the children you share.  As a result, you need to be smart about what you choose to post on social media accounts such as Facebook, MySpace, Instagram…

Willingham v. Matthews via www.justia.com Docket: 1130890 Opinion Date: September 19, 2014 Judge: Wise Areas of Law: Trusts & Estates Brandy Matthews and Joshua Taylor Matthews were married in 2004. In 2011, Brandy died as a result of gunshot wounds inflicted by Joshua. Brandy’s death was determined to be a homicide. On the same date, Joshua…

Towles v. Alabama via www.justia.com Court: Alabama Supreme Court Docket: 1121099 Opinion Date: September 19, 2014 Judge: Bolin Areas of Law: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Kevin Towles was convicted of capital murder for killing his son, Geontae Glass, who was under the age of 14 when he was killed. The jury recommended the death sentence, and…

United States v. Mathis via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-13109 Opinion Date: September 24, 2014 Judge: Per curiam Areas of Law: Criminal Law Defendant appealed his convictions and sentences for several child exploitation offenses. Defendant raised eight claims of error concerning the denial of his motion to suppress, introduction of a…

Reed v. Secretary, FL DOC, et al. via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-10900 Opinion Date: September 24, 2014 Judge: Marcus Areas of Law: Criminal Law Petitioner was convicted of vehicular homicide of two pedestrians. The district court granted habeas relief on petitioner’s claim that defense counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing…

Winthrop-Redin v. United States via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-10107 Opinion Date: September 23, 2014 Judge: Marcus Areas of Law: Criminal Law Petitioner pleaded guilty for charges related to his role as a boat crew member in an international drug-smuggling operation. Petitioner subsequently sought postconviction relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255, claiming…

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