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Biological Fathers Win Big in a Florida Supreme Court Decision Over a Common Law Rule Regarding Parental Rights

By: Franklin Sandrea-Rivero, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On June 28, 2018, the Supreme Court of Florida resolved a decades-old conflict between the Florida district courts of appeal over the question of whether a biological father ever has standing to rebut the common law presumption of legitimacy. The presumption of […]

November 19th, 2018|Blog, Family Law, Florida, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Like Father, Like (Grand)son: A Virginia Man is Arrested and Charged After Impregnating his Biological Twenty Year Old Daughter

By: Cynthia Ventura, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In 1998, Steven Walter Pladl and his then wife had a baby girl, Katie Rose, who was later adopted out-of-state. When Katie turned eighteen, she turned to social media in an attempt to locate her biological parents. After successfully finding them and communicating for […]

April 26th, 2018|Blog, Criminal Law, Family Law|0 Comments

Zero Patience for Students

By: Brandon Greene, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In Miami, schools have zero patience when it comes to their students. Instructors and school administrators are becoming less and less tolerant to students’ behavioral problems. News officials recently reported that a seven-year-old first-grader was handcuffed and transported to a psychiatric hospital for an […]

April 22nd, 2018|Blog, Education, Family Law, Florida|0 Comments

Dostoevsky as Juvenile Justice Advocate and Progenitor of Therapeutic Justice

By: Professor Amy D. Ronner J.D. Ph.D., Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law.


Undeniably, the physical and psychological abuse of children is a recurrent theme in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s fiction and journalism, particularly in The Brothers Karamazov and A Writer’s Diary.  In three parts, this paper explores Dostoevsky’s fixation with childhood suffering and […]

February 28th, 2018|Abstracts, Family Law, Human Rights, Latest Articles|0 Comments

Permanent Alimony: Should You Have To Pay Your Ex-Spouse For A Lifetime?

By: Danielle Capitini, Comments Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Let’s say that two high school sweethearts decide to marry at the age of 23 and end up having three children during the marriage. However, because of irreconcilable differences, the parties decide to divorce after 17 years of marriage. Because this marriage […]

October 26th, 2017|Blog, Family Law, Financial, Florida|2 Comments

Ripping Families Apart—The Illusory Protections of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978

By: Franklin Sandrea-Rivero, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

“Breakfast!!!”—you yell at the top of your lungs as you prepare to serve your children with a helping of scrambled eggs and pancakes before they head to school. You smile, as you watch your children scarf down as much food as they can before […]

October 13th, 2017|Blog, Family Law, Governments, Human Rights|0 Comments

Florida’s Spousal Consent Requirement of the Ward for Dissolution of Marriage

By: Ashley C. Fuxa, J.D. Candidate, May 2017, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Under Florida Statute §744.3725 (6) (2016), spousal consent of a ward is required for dissolution of marriage. A ward is a person whom has been judicially determined in a guardianship proceeding to lack the capacity to manage at least some of the property […]

September 23rd, 2016|Blog, Family Law|0 Comments