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Top 3 Myths About Divorce in Florida

Over the years that I have practiced family law, I have met with many potential new clients for free consultations to discuss their concerns and answer any questions they might have regarding seeking ...
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How is Child Support Determined?

In Florida, both parents are legally obligated to provide support for their minor children. The purpose of child support is to ensure that a child’s basic needs for food, clothing and shelter ...
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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process during a divorce whereby a neutral third party, known as the “mediator”, helps a divorcing couple negotiate and settle their case without the necessity of going to ...
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Does Cheating Matter in a Florida Divorce?

The infidelity of one spouse is a common reason why many marriages crumble. However, Florida is considered “no fault” divorce state. This means that a spouse who is seeking a divorce does ...
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Temporary Relief in Orlando Divorce and Paternity Cases

Divorce law in Florida allows for parties to request temporary relief pending the final disposition of their divorce or their paternity case. The road to the end of a divorce case or a paternity ...
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What are the benefits of establishing Paternity?

“Paternity” is the legal process for determining who is the father of a child. Children born during a marriage are presumed to be children of the husband. However, if the child is born to ...
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Mediation and Marital Settlement Agreements are Contracts in Florida

While it is often thought that a Judge determines the terms of a divorce or paternity action, the reality is that, in a majority of cases in Florida, the parties are able to negotiate and settle their ...
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Domestic violence: Will the State drop the charge?

When the police are called because of a domestic violence dispute, you can count on things getting out of your control. The laws of the State of Florida and the policies of police agencies presume ...
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Sign a Prenup? That Is So Romantic!

A Prenuptial or Premarital Agreement is a written contract created by two individuals who plan to be married. While you may have the best hopes for your future, it is not a bad idea to consider ...
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Should I Prepare For Mediation?

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, it is almost certain you will attend mediation at some point. Mediation is often ordered by the court or scheduled by the parties themselves. Mediation ...
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What is a Parenting Plan?

If you are going through a divorce in Florida and you have one or more minor children with your spouse, you must create a parenting plan and have it approved by the court before the divorce is ...
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How Long Will My Divorce Take?

So, you have decided your marriage has come to an end. When I speak to people who are contemplating filing for divorce, there is one question that is always asked: How long does it take to get ...
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Modification of Child Custody

Motions for modification of child custody orders are quite common. There are many situations that can lead to a parent wanting to modify a child custody order. Some situations include: child custody ...
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Child Custody and Visitation in Florida: A New Vocabulary

Florida’s Legislature decided in the 2008 Parenting Bill that the terms child custody, custodial parent, non-custodial parent, and visitation no longer adequately described parental rights. The ...
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Wanting to Relocate with your Children?

From time to time we will be answering questions from persons who have questions about family law. Sonia from Kissimmee has a question, and she wrote: “My former husband and I were divorced here ...
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Is it a Crime to Discipline Your Child?

The trend in child discipline currently is to avoid physical forms of punishment and instead use “time outs” or other methods of discipline. There have been numerous cases in the news ...
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Divorce Doesn't End Your Relationship With Your Children

Every so often we answer questions and post them on our website. If we think someone else may benefit from the information we feel we should share it. A question that recently came up was: My former ...
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What Do I Do Now That I Am Divorced?

There are different answers to this question. However, the answer is clear when you and your former spouse have a minor child in common. In the event that you do not, then you pretty much move on in ...
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What is Alimony?

Are you involved in a divorce or separated from your spouse? Do you want to know if you have a right to ask for alimony or if you are going to be ordered to pay alimony? Alimony, usually referred to ...
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When Unmarried Couples Split - What Happens To Their Kids?

I receive questions on a daily basis from both men and women about their legal rights to visitation and child support when they were never married to their child’s mother or father. In most of ...
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