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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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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 »

Is Collaborative Divorce Right For You?

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Deciding whether to file for divorce is a difficult decision. Oftentimes people are scared of going through the court and having to pay thousands of dollars for costly and contentious litigation that sometimes results in both parties feeling resentful towards each other. Collaborative divorce offers an alternative to the “traditional” divorce whereby parties work… Read More »

Dividing Defined Contribution Plans and Defined Benefit Plans in a Florida Divorce

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Some of the most difficult assets to divide in a Florida divorce case are retirement accounts, and yet retirement accounts often are the bulk of what needs to be divided between parties in a Florida divorce. Two of the most common types of retirement accounts are defined contribution and defined benefit plans. Florida law… Read More »

Motions for Temporary Support, Time-Sharing, and Other Relief in Florida Divorces

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The divorce process can be long and taxing. At times, it can take a few years before a couple finally enters into a final custody agreement, final settlement agreement, and judgment.  Accordingly, particularly if your case is contested, it may be in your best interests to file a Motion for Temporary Support, Time-Sharing, and… Read More »

The Basics of Dividing Property in a Florida Divorce

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One of the most contentious issues in a Florida divorce case is how property should be divided between spouses. Like the majority of states in the United States, Florida law provides that marital assets and debt should be equitably and fairly divided between the parties. What Factors Are Considered in Dividing Property in a… Read More »

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