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Category Archives: Family Law

Divorce Vs. Legal Separation: Your Legal Rights If You and Your Spouse are Physically Separated

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Instead of getting a divorce, couples sometimes choose to simply live apart in separate homes.  A few common reasons for opting to live separately include: Personal Preference: Some spouses do not see a need to get divorced when neither of them plan to remarry in the near future and do not want to go… Read More »

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Role of Mediation in Florida Divorces

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

You are flipping through the channels on TV and you stop at the sight of one of those heated divorcing couples yelling at each other, seconds away from ripping each other’s hair out.  You wonder to yourself, “Is it possible to resolve some of these issues outside of court without all the drama?”  That… Read More »

Court Jurisdiction to Determine Child Custody

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

We live in an increasingly mobile society with a high rate of divorce.  It is not unusual for a couple to marry in one state and have children, move to another state and divorce, and then have one or both parents move yet again to a third or even fourth state.  Under these circumstances,… Read More »

Prenuptial Agreements – What Are They And Why Would You Need One?

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Although by some assessments divorce rates are in decline, a significant percentage of marriages still end in divorce.  No one likes to think about what would happen in a divorce when they are in love and planning to be married.  Prenuptial agreements, it is presumed, are either for the very wealthy or people who… Read More »

Alimony in a Florida Divorce

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

The question of whether one spouse will be ordered to pay the other alimony following a divorce can give rise to some of the most contentious battles in the entire divorce process.  Read on for insight into how alimony works in Florida. Types of alimony Alimony is a completely separate issue from child support. … Read More »

Collaborative Law is Not Always the Answer

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

You have probably heard great things about collaborative divorces. “They save money,” “they are less stressful than other types of divorce,” “they allow the couple, not the court, to have control,” and “they make it easier to remain friendly after the divorce,” are all statements you have probably read or heard about this type… Read More »

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