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Child Testimony in High Conflict Divorce Cases

IN ALL FLORIDA court proceedings involving children, the courts have a legal obligation to make decisions regarding the children based on the “best interests of the child.” This is a legal standard established by the Florida legislature and case law. Florida Statute 61.13 addresses the factors the court may take into consideration when determining the best […]

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Preparing for Your Divorce: Financial Documents You’ll Need to Gather

IF YOU ARE considering divorce, you’ll need to start thinking about the documents you will need to gather to be in compliance with Florida’s “mandatory disclosure” requirement. In Florida, the courts requires each party to a divorce to fully disclose his or her financial information to the another. Many people are confused by this and ask: […]

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Florida Alimony Reform Update

OVER THE PAST few years, advocates of alimony reform have been lobbying aggressively to change Florida’s alimony laws. The biggest concern among advocates for reform appears to be that Florida law still allows for lifetime, permanent alimony. Reform advocates argue that such permanent, lifetime alimony can be detrimental to the paying party, particularly as the paying […]

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Child Custody and Support Modification in Florida: 5 Facts You Should Know

WHEN COUPLES with minor children divorce, the parties often think they are “done” with legal matters related to the divorce once a final judgment is entered. What many people fail to consider is the likelihood of circumstances in their lives and their children’s lives changing over time. One parent may get offered a job in another […]

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Can Your Spouse Use Confidential Sessions with Your Therapist Against You in Court?

Divorce cases, particularly those involving child custody issues, often can get nasty quickly when one spouse brings up the other’s mental health issues and attempts to compel their spouse’s psychotherapist to testify in court. The party in treatment may protest: “But you can’t do that, our sessions are supposed to be confidential!” Well, yes and […]

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For Fathers Only: Requirements to Protect Your Rights

UNDER FLORIDA LAW, if a child is born out of wedlock, the mother is deemed to be the natural guardian of the child and, as such, may place that child for adoption without the biological father’s consent. To ensure biological (a.k.a. “putative” fathers (not married to the child’s mother) receive notice and preserve their rights […]