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Preparing for a Contested Divorce Hearing or Trial in Florida

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem in a Florida Custody Case

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In amicable cases, parents can reach an agreement about time sharing without additional intervention or help. However, in many custody cases, there are certain issues where the parents cannot see eye to eye with each other. In those cases, a judge may appoint a Guardian ad Litem to help them determine what is in… Read More »

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Recommendations for Ensuring Your Prenuptial Agreement is Enforceable

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It is becoming increasingly more common for couples to execute prenuptial agreements prior to getting married. The main reasons couples decide to execute a prenuptial agreement are to help reduce litigation in the event of a future divorce and to protect assets from their future spouse. However, just because you and your spouse enter… Read More »

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Relocating With Minor Children in Florida

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You have completed the divorce process in Florida and you were designated the primary residential parent for your children. A few years pass and you get a call from your boss that he wants to promote and relocate you to the company’s New York headquarters. You want to know whether you are permitted to… Read More »

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Initiating a Military Divorce in Florida

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With its 14 active military bases and 94,288 active duty and reserve members, it is no surprise that military divorces are more common in Florida than many other states. Unlike civilian divorces which are typically brought solely under Florida state law, military divorces involve both state and federal law. Specifically, the Servicemembers Civil Relief… Read More »

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