Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)

We understand that going through a divorce can be upsetting and difficult. A family that was formerly harmoniously together is now splitting into two, and your life and that of your family will be changed forever. That is why we are always dedicated to providing you with compassionate and personalized legal representation. We realize that each case is unique and that your family’s situation requires individual attention. It is our goal to make certain that you face all aspects of your divorce with competent and skilled legal counsel in order to ensure that your rights and those of your family are upheld throughout the process...Read More

Property Division

One of the most difficult and complex areas of the dissolution process is the division of marital property, sometimes called the marital estate. Marital property may include cars, houses, retirement benefits (pensions), business interests, cash, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, personal property and any other things of value that have been accumulated during the marriage. Florida divorce laws provide for an “equitable distribution” of marital property...Read More

Relocation

Divorce brings about a restructuring of families in which parents have to continue to cooperate and communicate long after the dissolution of the marriage. One of the greatest challenges involves the relocation of one parent after the divorce. One of the divorced parents usually goes from seeing their children on a daily basis to seeing their children on alternate weekends, holidays, and school breaks. Relocation often requires that the time spent with both parents is even more diminished as a move can often mean seeing your children four times per year or less. This article will attempt to provide a thumbnail sketch of what is required to relocate in Florida in a manner which will hopefully make sense to the family law practitioner, the non-family practitioner, and the layperson...Read More

About Legal Paternity

Legal paternity can only be established through a paternity agreement (time sharing schedule and parenting plans) signed by both parties, or by court action. Although having one’s name on a child’s birth certificate does not legally establish paternity, it can be used to prove the biological father of the child...Read More

Marital Settlement Agreements

A marital settlement agreement in a Florida divorce case encompasses all of the terms and/or conditions of the parties divorce settlement. These terms include the equitable distribution of the marital debts and assets, the support obligations of the parties, and other miscellaneous factors which the parties may agree to. Typically any conditions regarding the parental responsibility and timesharing schedule (what used to be referred to as “custody”) of the parties’ minor children are not contained in the Marital Settlement Agreement, but rather are found in the parties parenting plan. The parenting plan is however, attached as an exhibit and will be referenced in the marital settlement agreement...Read More

Florida Child Support Law

The amount of child support that the one parent pays to the other parent is determined by the Florida Child Support Guidelines. There is a formula that is used to calculate the amount of child support to be paid by the payor spouse. The child(ren) have the right to be supported by both parents. It is important that the proper numbers are utilized so that the correct child support amount is obtained...Read More

Modifications

Your case may be able to be modified at any time if you can prove a substantial change in circumstances from the time the last order was entered on any final judgment in a family law matter...Read More

Parental Responsibility

Florida divorce law requires Parenting Plans for all divorcing couples with children starting October 1, 2008. Florida law has had a strong public policy about children and divorce for several decades. As Chapter § 61.13 of the Florida Statutes states: “It is the public policy of this state to assure that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage of the parties is dissolved and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys of childrearing.”...Read More

Alimony

Alimony can be issued to one spouse in a divorce case when one spouse needs financial assistance as a result of the pending divorce. When one spouse earns the majority of the income in the household, and the parties separate, a need is created to help the spouse earning less income to survive and live a comfortable life. The law does not require one spouse to face a drastic change in his or her lifestyle simply due to the fact that the parties are no longer a married couple. Alimony is awarded when one party has a need and the other has the ability to pay...Read More

Time Sharing (Custody)

Your children are the most important and vulnerable members of your family. It is of the utmost importance that they be fully protected emotionally and financially during the divorce process. The term “custody” is no longer in use. As of October 2009 the laws of Florida were drastically changed regarding how the courts deal with parenting issues in a divorce. The law requires that the court develop a “Parenting Plan” which includes a schedule that allocates the time the children will spend with each parent. Additionally, the plan needs to include an outline of which parent will be responsible for many parenting activities including...Read More

Adoption

ADOPTION LAW IS GOVERNED BY FLORIDA STATUTE § 63. Adoptions can be filed by private petition or can stem from the Court entering an Order terminating a parent’s rights. Many children from dependency cases are left to be cared for in foster homes and remain in these homes until a local agency can find proper placement for the children...Read More

Injuctions/Restraining Orders

What is Domestic Violence? If you are the victim of domestic violence, there is a proceeding available through the Court with which you can obtain a temporary and/or permanent injunction against an individual who has committed an act of domestic violence against you. Domestic violence is defined in Florida Statute § 741.28 as “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.” Florida Statute § 741.30 also extends protection to individuals who have not yet actually been the victim of domestic violence but who have “reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence.”...Read More

 

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