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Understanding Breathalyzer Laws in Florida

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You, or a loved one, was pulled over by police on suspected drunk driving. The officer asks you to get out of the vehicle and asks to administer a breath test. This is a common scenario many Florida drivers encounter. In fact, there were over thirty thousand DUI-related stops and arrests in the Sunshine… Read More »

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Three Important DUI Defenses You Need to Be Aware Of

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Getting pulled over by police and charged with a DUI can be a traumatic and stressful experience. Your driving privileges, auto insurance premiums, and even your freedom are at risk if you are convicted. This is why you need a strategy to mount a thorough and persuasive defense against some or all of the… Read More »

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Pulled Over by a Police Officer – What You Should Do

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Seeing the flashing red and blue lights of a police vehicle can be a traumatic and stressful event. Your heart may begin to pound and you become flustered. It is important, in this moment, to take a deep breath and stay calm. When You First See the Police Car Attempting to Pull You Over… Read More »

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DUI Repeat Offender – Why Legal Representation is So Important

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If you were convicted of a DUI in the past and are now facing another DUI charge, you need to speak to an experienced Florida DUI defense attorney sooner rather than later. Do not display hubris by thinking you can arrange a plea agreement on your own. When you are categorized as a “repeat… Read More »

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Preparing for a Contested Divorce Hearing or Trial in Florida

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Despite multiple attempts at settling your case, you and your spouse just cannot see eye-to-eye and there are now multiple contested issues set for hearing or trial before a judge. There are several main things to consider to build your best case to present before a family law judge at the hearing or trial…. Read More »

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Steps Every Person Should Take After Their Divorce Judgment is Entered

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Your final divorce judgment was entered – you come out of the courthouse feeling relieved, anxious, and excited. But it is not over yet. People often believe entering the final divorce judgment is the end to their case and they do not have to take any other steps. However, there are several steps every… Read More »

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Florida Financial Divorce Settlements

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

One of the most daunting tasks in a divorce is figuring out how to divide your various assets and debts pursuant to a final financial settlement. Even the simplest marital estates typically have assets and debts that need to be divided and potential mistakes that couples could make in dividing them. This post will… Read More »

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Negotiating Florida Timesharing Agreements

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Negotiating timesharing with your soon-to-be former spouse can be a difficult and tedious process. You already are feeling the stress of divorce yourselves and you cannot bear to think about the emotional toll it will take on your children. So how can you make sure the agreement will be in the best interests for… Read More »

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Witnesses in Florida Custody Trials

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Although many cases come to a final settlement before a custody trial is needed, some cases are too hotly contested and ultimately need to rely on a judge to make the final determination.  Florida law places a strong preference towards granting joint custody to parents so they have equal rights and responsibilities and both… Read More »

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When Will A Court Impute Income in a Florida Child Support Case?

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When determining a parent’s child support obligation, Florida family courts will look at that parent’s income as a primary factor in setting the final amount.  In a situation where a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed. Florida law provides that a court may “impute” a higher income to a parent. This means if a… Read More »

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