Category: Family Law

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Child Custody in Divorce

Divorce is a complex and stressful process for everyone involved, especially if you have kids. Understanding child custody in a divorce is crucial so you know what to expect and how to be the best parent possible for your children. Contact knowledgeable Tampa family law lawyers today or read on

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The Best Matrimonial Divorce Lawyer in Tampa, Florida

No one enters a marriage expecting to be divorced. But this unfortunate outcome can and does happen, and it’s not always anyone’s fault. If you’re looking at an upcoming divorce case, you need the best matrimonial divorce lawyer in Tampa to help you through the process. Read on for information

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Financial Rights and Obligations in Marriage

When you marry in Florida, you join your life with another person in more ways than one. Not only can you now share and jointly own property, but you have access to and rights to information about each other’s finances. For some couples, this isn’t a problem. For others, it

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Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships in Florida

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida for several years, ever since a historic 2015 Supreme Court decision. However, before that decision and after, many couples, both same-sex and otherwise, have engaged in long-term relationships without getting married. These couples may wish to investigate civil unions and domestic partnerships in

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Situations That May Lead to a Court Amending a Divorce Judgment

Many elements of a final divorce judgment cannot be changed when a divorce (called a dissolution of marriage in Florida) finalizes. However, certain elements, like alimony amounts, child support conditions, and more may be modified under certain circumstances. Below, we’ll break down eight potential situations that could lead to a

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Legal Separation in Florida

Marriage doesn’t always work out, even in the best of times or with the best of intentions. However, married couples in Florida do not necessarily need to get a divorce if they wish to live apart and pursue separate lives. Let’s break down the topic of legal separation in Florida

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8 Questions to Ask a Divorce Attorney

Ask the Right Questions Early in the Search for Legal Advice Divorce can be a long and difficult process, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Family law experts can help you receive a fair settlement from your divorce and get through this trying time as smoothly as

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Florida Relocation Issues With a Time-Sharing Agreement in Place

Current divorce rates in America are 2.9 persons for every 1000 people, with over 750,000 divorces each year. Florida has the fourth-highest rate at 13.2%. The causes for these astronomical percentages are as diverse as the people involved. Florida relocation issues with a time-sharing plan in place need skilled attorneys

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How Do Florida Courts Calculate Alimony?

Alimony is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to the other, and no two divorce cases are ever the same. In general, alimony in Florida is awarded to the lower income-producing spouse to maintain their current standard of living. In the eyes of Florida Courts, either spouse may file for

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What Is Child Support and How Is It Calculated?

No matter who pays, when, or how much; child support is always a prickly issue for everyone involved. The legal definition of child support refers to the amount a non-custodial parent must pay to the custodial parent. The payment serves as a legal commitment for the child’s living expenses, including

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Overcoming the Legal Challenges of a Blended Family

Successful families require an abundance of blending, scrambling, and often muddling through a host of delicate personal issues. With a blended family, there are complicated relationships and individual differences to overcome. Blended families are remarkable for everybody involved; if only they worked better. Unfortunately, statistics do not back up the

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Divorce During COVID-19 or a Pandemic

Divorce is devastating, messy, and complicated even under normal conditions. During a pandemic like COVID-19, going through a divorce is more distressing for several reasons. There is confusion about getting a divorce (or even if you can) during lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. There are also added stressors due to financial

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Jurisdiction and UCCJEA and PKPA

The UCCJEA is the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. This act helped combine the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA) with the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA). There were differences between these two acts pertaining to the priority and the exclusive jurisdiction of a state to a case.

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Time Sharing and Military Service

Time sharing and parental responsibility can become major topics of discussion in the dissolution of a marriage. The Florida Statute title VI, chapter 61, section 61. 13002, specifically addresses the military circumstances and situations that would impact and affect any kind of time sharing or child support. However, there are

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Who Gets the Family Pet in a Divorce?

Today, our family pet seems like a member of the family rather than a piece of property. When going through a divorce, this differentiation can be very challenging as pets come with emotional attachments and are not seen as items of possession. However, in Florida divorce law pets are considered

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Best Interest of the Child Standard

In Florida legal statutes there is an entire section devoted to helping explain how the Best Interest of the Child Standard (BIOTC) is determined in different cases. When parents have contradictory views about what a child’s or children’s best interest are, cases involving the dissolution of marriage can get tense

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