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Florida Attorney General Adds WatchLink to Public Safety Site

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) July 17, 2006

Spatial NetWorks new WatchLink technology is now available free for all residents of Florida. WatchLink provides automatic web based reporting of the FDLE sex offender database for the entire state. Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist provides a link to this valuable service for use by all Florida residents on his consumer web pages under CHILD SAFETY at http://myfloridalegal.com/.

The data is drawn from the FDLE online data site but instead of requiring research to find out offender locations and details the service automatically sends the information to the consumer, requiring a one time selection and registration. Residents can access a pre existing list of public and private schools, daycare and aftercare centers to get custom reports of offenders in the areas where their children attend school and play. Any other home, school, work or play address can be entered as well and a custom report generated. Updates are sent as specified by the user for immediate notification or weekly reporting.

While other web-based services give information about the locations of registered sex offenders, WatchLink shows residents these locations in relation to their home, school, daycare, office or any other place of interest. Pictures, names, aliases, convictions and complete physical descriptions are available in the full report. The report is linked to an easy-to-use interactive map that provides the user entered location and specified surrounding area.

Attorney General Charlie Crist says “Protecting our most vulnerable citizens is the highest priority of our State. By providing parents with another tool to fulfill the responsibility of looking out for children, our neighborhoods are that much safer.

For additional information about WatchLink technology and how it tracks and maps registered sex offenders and sexual predators, please visit http://login.watchlink.us/how-it-works.html. To sign up and start getting your free report now, go to http://login.watchlink.us and enter in your information.


Florida Family to Be Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Tallahassee, FL (Vocus) April 10, 2009

More than ten years ago, George and Barbara Kadzis contacted Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) to get some information on adopting a child. Little did they know how dramatically their lives would change as a result of that call.

Originally, George and Barbara considered adopting an infant and contacted CHS as they were familiar with the organization’s rich history in finding permanent homes for children. But when they learned about a young Chinese girl with a cleft palate, they were compelled to bring her to America. Barbara, a teacher who was herself adopted, and George, a dentist, continued to work through CHS’ International Adoption Program to locate children with special needs, eventually adding a total of six children to their family, five of whom were physically challenged.

“This is such an exceptional family,” said Helen Ervin, Adoption Manager for the CHS North Central Division. “George and Barbara knew that these children would not have had adequate medical care if left in China. They would have grown up to be totally isolated from society because of their physical challenges.”

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew learned about the family after their home had been ravaged by hurricanes and George had been diagnosed with brain cancer. This past February, the show’s crew arrived at the Kadzis home, where they spent a week rebuilding the house and making modifications to accommodate the challenges of the five physically challenged children.

Sunday evening, millions of viewers will tune into ABC where they will get to know the Kadzis family.

“Tragically, George was admitted to the hospital the evening before the family found out they’d been chosen for the home makeover,” noted Ervin. George passed away in March without ever returning to his home.

CHS, which focuses its work on finding parents for children, not children for parents, finalized a record 1,090 adoptions during the 2007/2008 fiscal year of which 1,019 were public adoptions involving children from foster care.

Since Children’s Home Society of Florida’s founding in 1902, adoption has been a cornerstone of the nationally accredited organization’s broad spectrum of services to children, parents and families. To date, more than 35,000 children have found their forever families through CHS.

About Children’s Home Society of Florida (http://www.chsfl.org)

Founded in Jacksonville in 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is the third largest private not-for-profit serving children and families in the United States and Canada accredited by the Council on Accreditation. CHS was a founding member of the Child Welfare League of America, and was instrumental in helping to pass Florida’s first laws protecting children. Services include foster care, adoption, child abuse prevention, emergency shelters, residential group homes, independent and transitional living for teens, early education and care, parent education, counseling, mentoring, and treatment for developmentally disabled children. CHS, which served more than 86,000 children and families in 2007-2008, is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., has 14 divisions and employs more than 1,900 staff who are dedicated to providing child-focused, family-centered care.

Advantage Rent a Car Offers Consumers Value Priced Car Rentals in Two New Locations in Southern Florida

Park Ridge, NJ (Vocus) August 17, 2009 –

Advantage Rent a Car has announced the openings of two new locations, in two new markets for the Company, in Florida: Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The locations complement the 13 facilities recently opened in major leisure destinations across the country, including: Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Seattle, and Tucson.

“The Miami and Ft. Lauderdale openings validate Advantage’s commitment to offering low cost, quality car rentals at leisure destinations throughout the United States,” said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Hertz Corporation. “We look forward to Advantage being available in the southern Florida region, and providing consumers with economical car rentals in two of the top leisure markets in the country,” Frissora added.

Advantage provides travelers with clean and easy transportation for a fraction of the cost of traditional car rental companies. Locations are situated in key leisure destinations across the U.S., and offer customers quality cars at affordable prices. Reservations can be made at the Company’s website, http://www.advantage.com, via all major online travel agencies – including CheapTickets

Innovative Family Law Attorneys Open New Office in Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) December 10, 2009 –

The law firm of Richard J. Mockler, P.A. is pleased to announce the opening of its new Tampa office, located in beautiful Hyde Park. The office has a dedicated play area for children, and offers a warm, comfortable setting to meet with your attorneys or mediate family law matters.

The Firm represents individuals in divorce, military divorce, and other family law matters, including cases involving child custody, child support, prenuptial agreements, alimony, equitable distribution, relocation, and more. The Firm also represents business litigation clients in partnership disputes and civil litigation involving fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, tortious interference, theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and other commercial claims. Attorneys Richard J. Mockler, Amy Bandow, and Adam B. Cordover are experienced in helping clients protect their rights and interests in complex legal battles and through life-changing circumstances.

The Firms lawyers have substantial experience working at the nations largest and most prestigious law firms representing high-profile clients in their most important legal matters. Our attorneys approach every case with the same passion. We provide the same representation to a mother trying to protect her family that we offer to the CEO of a major company. We consult every client on their unique goals and interests, because no strategy fits all cases. Our job is to help clients understand their options and pursue their cases diligently without wasting valuable resources on unnecessary conflict and needless litigation, added shareholder Richard J. Mockler.

Richard J. Mockler is a family law attorney and business litigator that graduated from the University of Floridas Levin College of Law with honors, where he was elected President of the schools Student Bar Association and selected as the Student of the Year in 2000. Mr. Mockler also earned a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University of Floridas Graduate School. He started his career in Miami for a Wall Street law firm representing investment banks, major financial institutions, and other multinational companies. Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Mockler also worked at Floridas two largest law firms.

Amy Bandow is a Tampa divorce lawyer practicing primarily in the area of marital & family law. Ms. Bandow graduated from the University of Floridas Levin College of Law. Prior to joining the Firm, she also worked in the litigation group at one of Floridas largest law firms representing public companies and other institutional clients in high-stakes litigation matters.

Adam B. Cordover is a graduate of The American University in Washington D.C., where he earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in International Affairs. Mr. Cordover is experienced in the areas of divorce, adoption, dependency, paternity, and child support. In February 2009, the LAWYER Magazine recognized Mr. Cordover for his service to the community. Among other things, he volunteers through Bay Area Legal Services and the Guardian Ad Litem Program.

For more information or to consult a Tampa divorce lawyer, business litigator, or family law attorney, regarding divorce, military divorce, child custody, time-sharing, parenting plans, child support, division of assets,prenuptial agreements, alimony & spousal support, adoption, and other services, contact our office at 813-443-4634.

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South Florida Family Law Attorney Offers 5 Tips Every Spouse Should Know About Marital Misconduct

Boynton Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 5, 2010

Brian M. Moskowitz, a well-respected family law attorney in south Florida, says the recent Tiger Woods scandal is an unfortunate reminder that happy marriages can change in an instant.

When news broke last Thanksgiving weekend that the worlds greatest golfer had injured himself in a car accident, questions arose about its cause and Americans watched the public unraveling of Woods’ private life. What was seen as a model marriage became a tawdry story about a secret life of misconduct.

The old saying that no one knows what goes on inside a marriage is true, Moskowitz said. Sadly, sometimes its one of the spouses who is in the dark about these hidden aspects of a relationship.”

Marital misconduct is a leading cause of divorce and the innocent spouse in such a case deserves to be properly protected, Moskowitz said.

Moskowitz offered five facts every married Florida couple should know about marital misconduct:

Florida grants a No Fault Divorce if there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Marital misconduct is often a key element leading to the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Several types of misconduct often fall under the broader concept of marital misconduct. They include adultery, domestic violence, cruel and abusive behavior, habitual drunkenness or addiction, or economic fault.
While no fault or not assigning blame is the courts aim in a divorce, spousal conduct does have a bearing on other decisions in a divorce. Adultery, for example, can impact child custody, division of marital assets, and distribution of alimony.
The Florida court can order an attempt at reconciliation. If one spouse denies the marriage is irretrievably broken or if the couple has minor children, the court may delay proceedings for up to three months and can order counseling or mediation.
The best way to be sure you are dealing with marital misconduct in a manner that will result in a proper outcome for you is to seek the advice of a qualified family law attorney.
About The Law offices of Brian M. Moskowitz:

With offices located in Boynton Beach (primary), Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, the Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz handles a variety of family law cases for clients throughout southern Florida, including Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. The firm charges flat rates for many family law services, and handles cases that include divorce, child custody, child support, relocation, paternity and adoption.

For more information, visit the firms Web site at http://www.mosklaw.com/ or reach the firm by phone at (561) 369-4481.


Funding Flexibility Helps Keep Florida Children Safe and Out of Foster Care — Children’s Home Society Recommends Expansion of Successful Model

Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) August 31, 2010

On behalf of the National Crittenton Foundation, Childrens Home Society of Florida (CHS) President and CEO David Bundy participated in a work session of the Senate Foster Care Caucus on August 27 to describe how Floridas flexible funding demonstration program has achieved record success in finding adoptive families for foster care children, while ensuring more children are kept safely with their own families and out of foster care. Without natural or adoptive families, foster youth who age out of care are less likely to earn high school diplomas or GEDs, and more likely to experience unemployment, homelessness, teen pregnancy or incarceration.

Based on Floridas success, Bundy recommends the extension of Florida’s critical, Title IV-E flexible funding beyond September 30, 2011, and the expansion of the flexible funding model so all states have the ability to implement the type of changes seen in Florida. Further, Bundy urges Congress to consider fundamental reform in the financing of child welfare through alignment of funding to reduce administrative costs and the replacement of eligibility linkages with funding based on a childs need. Additional recommendations include provision of technical assistance to states, creation of a clearinghouse for innovative practices and identification of new ways to increase flexibility in funding.

Foster care should be only a temporary protection for children and the ultimate goal must be stable, permanent homes for all children, Bundy said. Foster youth age out of care at age 18 in Florida and between 19 and 21 in other states We must raise awareness of and promote solutions for these older children who leave foster care and find themselves without support.

Since 1998, more than 200,000 young people nationwide have aged out of foster care. Many would have been able to stay safely with their own families had flexible funding existed to allow the delivery of services that specifically addressed their families’ challenges. Today, 463,000 children in America are in the foster care system.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu established the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth to provide a forum to increase awareness of foster care, generate ideas for preventing negative outcomes and create opportunities for success for older youth in foster care.

About Children’s Home Society of Florida

Created in 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is the second-largest private not-for-profit in the United States and Canada accredited by the Council on Accreditation and is the oldest statewide provider of services to children and families in Florida. CHS services include foster care, adoption, child abuse prevention, emergency shelters, residential group homes, independent and transitional living for teens, parent education, counseling, mentoring, and treatment for developmentally disabled children.


Attorney Craig H. Blinderman Joins Hollywood Florida Personal Injury Law Firm of Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A.

Hollywood, FL (Vocus/PRWEB) December 22, 2010

As a testament to its deep commitment to helping victims of personal injury throughout Florida, the Hollywood law firm of Rosenberg & Rosenberg welcomes the addition of experienced personal injury litigator Craig H. Blinderman as an Associate Attorney.

Were excited to have Craig join our firm, says Attorney Paul Rosenberg. His experience with personal injury protection in particular will be an asset to our clients and the firm as a whole.

Mr. Blinderman brings 19 years of experience as a trial attorney, including more than 15 years of experience in personal injury protection (PIP) litigation representing both plaintiffs and insurance carriers during his career. He has also been plaintiffs co-counsel on several high-profile class action lawsuits against large corporations such as Wal-Mart, Netflix, Shell Oil and Celebrity Cruises.

Graduating in 1991, Craig T. Blinderman holds a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. That same year Mr. Blinderman was admitted to the Florida Bar and gained valuable litigation and trial experience during the next three years while employed at the Broward County State Attorneys Office as an Assistant State Attorney and a lead prosecutor of a felony trial division.

Subsequently, he served as legal counsel to the Broward Sheriffs Office where he proudly assisted with the development of the Florida Law Enforcements LEECH (Law Enforcement to End Child Harm) Program, which is designed to teach school teachers and administrators how to protect students from sexual predators.

From 1996 until his recent move to Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A., Mr. Blinderman handled high-level cases involving both the prosecution and insurance defense of bodily injury claims, personal injury protection (PIP) claims, personal injury pre-litigation, and workers compensation litigation. Mr. Blinderman is also a renowned expert on attorneys fees relating to PIP litigation and regularly testifies before the courts in South Florida on these matters.

Florida is one of several states with mandatory Personal Injury Protection (PIP), or no fault coverage, an extension of car insurance that covers any medical or funeral expenses accrued as a result of the car accident or injury. PIP can sometimes cover lost wages, as well.

About the firm:

Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. is a well-established, full-service, personal injury and workers compensation law firm in Hollywood, Florida, serving the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami area. Our skilled lawyers have the knowledge and experience needed to get the best outcome for Florida injury and accident victims. Contact us toll-free at 1 (888) 748-1715 for a free consultation.


Cory T. Knight (954) 963-0444


South Florida Family Law Attorney Says Facebook Is Rapidly Becoming a Go-To Source for Evidence in Divorce Cases

Boynton Beach, FL (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

According to a report this week in the Los Angeles Times, Facebook has 7.5 million underage users. But its not just kids who are using this social media tool, South Florida family law attorney Brian M. Moskowitz said today.

Unhappy spouses in shaky marriages are also using Facebook to rekindle relationships with old flames, which can have serious consequences if the infidelity leads to divorce, according to Moskowitz.

He pointed to another recent report issued by the Loyola School of Medicine, which cited an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Survey as evidence that Facebook has become the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence, with 66 percent citing it as the primary source.

Obviously spouses who are tempted to cheat dont need Facebook to do so, said Moskowitz, whose Boynton Beach family law firm, the Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz, focuses exclusively on family law issues, including Florida divorce cases.

But it can provide quick, easy access to former lovers in a forum that spouses can easily conceal by saying theyre using the computer to finish work or check email, Moskowitz said. However, what they might not realize is that social media can also be hazardous from a legal standpoint if their unfaithful behavior shows up in photos or comments on the site.

Moskowitz said that not all of the privacy settings offered by Facebook can shield users from having their indiscretions exposed online and savvy attorneys will most certainly seize upon that evidence during divorce proceedings.

For example, anyone can post photos on Facebook and tag, or identify by name, the person pictured. That means if a mutual friend posts a shot of the spouse and lover together in what looks like a compromising situation, it can quickly be captured and displayed as proof in a divorce action, according to Moskowitz.

It is not as simple as avoiding posting your own pictures and being careful not to say or send anything suggestive, the South Florida divorce lawyer said. Like the name implies, social networking connects you with any number of people who could unwittingly expose the cheating behavior. That can have direct and damaging consequences on the divorce outcome.

Moskowitz suggested that spouses who are thinking about getting divorced carefully assess the content of their Facebook or other social media pages and shut their accounts if they think they are inappropriate.

There is so much at stake during a divorce, whether its related to child custody or alimony or protecting important assets, Moskowitz said. Divorcing couples will fare best if they avoid adding fuel to the fire by leaving a trail that can be easily traced online.

About The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz

With offices located in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz handle a variety of family law cases for clients throughout southern Florida, including Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. The firm charges flat rates for many family law services and handles cases that include divorce, child custody, child support, mediation, modification, relocation, paternity and adoption. For more information, call the firm at (561) 369-4481 or use its online form.