Divorce During the Holidays

Divorce During the Holidays – Good or Bad Idea?

The holidays are upon us once again. If you’ve been living with an unhappy marriage and thinking about filing for divorce, you may be dreading another holiday season, wondering if you can make it through another one with your spouse. Or perhaps you’re wondering if waiting till after the holidays would be better for your […]

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The Difference Between Shared Parenting and Joint Custody

The Difference Between Shared Parenting and Joint Custody

As you probably know by now, Florida law has done away with the terms “child custody”, “custodial parent”, “primary residence” and “visitation” (among others) as they relate to divorced couples with children, and it has replaced the old terms with these new ones: “parenting plans”, “parental responsibility”, and “timesharing”. This isn’t a new change — […]

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DA Will Not Charge FSU Law Prof’s In-Laws with Murder

In a previous post, we updated you on the murder case involving Florida State University law professor Dan Markel. In July 2014, Markel was murdered execution-style while sitting in his car at his Tallahassee home. Two men have been charged with Markel’s murder: 34-year-old Sigfredo Garcia and 33-year-old Luis Rivera. They will stand trial in […]

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careful, that social media post could be used against you in your divorce

Careful, that Social Media Post Could be Used Against You in Your Divorce

“Anything you [post] can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Are your social media posts immune from divorce court? Nope. While it may feel like an invasion of your privacy, since so many Americans are active on social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, social media sites have become a […]

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5 Things Clients Do to Hurt Their Case

FSU Law Prof’s Death Tied to Ex-Wife’s Family

Florida State University College of Law Professor Dan Markel was tragically murdered execution-style while sitting in his car in his Tallahassee home’s garage nearly two years ago on July 18, 2014. Until recently, it’s been a mystery who shot Professor Markel. But now, authorities have released evidence that the murder may have been related to […]

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Collaborative Divorce Process

New Process for Divorcing Couples Made Law – the Collaborative Process

On April 24, 2016, Governor Rick Scott signed into law SB 972/HB 967, the Collaborative Law Process Act, which allows divorce and other family matters to be resolved outside of court. According to Next Generation Divorce, the Collaborative Process is: a unique form of dispute resolution where clients and their attorneys agree that all money, […]

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child custody

Update on Permanent Alimony in Florida

This month, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed an alimony reform and child custody bill. You can read a summary of what Senate Bill 668 proposed here. Though very controversial, SB 668 was passed by the Florida legislature, 24-14 in the Senate and 74-38 in the House. But this wasn’t the first time Governor Scott had […]

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Changing Your Life Insurance Policy After Divorce

John and Jane get divorced. John fails to change the primary beneficiary of his life insurance policy from Jane to someone else. John dies. Is Jane entitled to the proceeds from his life insurance policy? Prior to July 2012, Jane could have made a successful claim for John’s life insurance benefits. Now, it’s a little […]

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New Bill: Divorce for Domestic Violence Victims

Things are happening in the state of Florida to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence (DV). Domestic violence is a very real problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American women and children each year. Florida is a nationally recognized leader in the prevention of domestic violence through programs, policies, and services aimed at […]

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Child Custody Concerns for Unmarried Parents

If you are unmarried and have a child – whether you are splitting up from your partner or were never together as a couple, you might be wondering what your rights are as an unmarried parent, and if the laws governing child custody are different for you versus a married couple with children. First things first, […]

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