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What is an Uncontested Divorce in Florida?

An uncontested divorce in Florida means that you and your spouse have reached an agreement on all issues that the judge would otherwise decide for you. Each divorce may have different issues, but the 5 general issues to be considered in your divorce agreement are listed below: 1. Parenting Plan & Custody Agreement The parenting… Read more »

3 things to consider if one spouse dies during a divorce in Florida:

You might find yourself in the middle of a divorce and then your spouse dies. As you can imagine, this is rare, but it does happen. If you have filed for divorce in Florida, you are still considered “married” until the Judge signs the final judgment (divorce decree). Thus, if one spouse dies in the… Read more »

Divorce & Family law Attorney Appointed to Florida Bar Grievance Committee

Our divorce and family law attorney Therese Felth McKenzie has been appointed to serve a 3-year term on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Grievance committees are composed of lawyers and nonlawyers and review complaints referred by the Florida Bar of attorney misconduct and violations of Supreme Court rules… Read more »

Is a Personal Injury Settlement Marital Property in Florida?

The judge in a Florida divorce can only divide assets and liabilities that are considered marital. So, the question then becomes if a personal injury settlement or judgment is a marital asset? The answer to that question is generally no. However, there are circumstances where the personal injury settlement could be considered marital and subject… Read more »

Got property damage?

Your faced with unexpected property damage to your home. You immediately take steps to notify your homeowners insurance company. However, reporting the claim to your insurance company might not be enough. Insurance policies have “duties” that they require of a homeowner when a claim is presented. Thus, it is important to review your insurance policy and… Read more »


5 Reasons You Need a Prenup

There are sexier things to discuss with your future spouse other than a prenup. But it’s a discussion that everyone should have. You plan for retirement, plan to buy a house, and even plan for your death. So why wouldn’t you plan for the possibility of a divorce? It’s frankly the prudent thing to do…. Read more »

Can I Waive Child Support in Florida?

Child support cannot be waived in Florida even if both parties agree. This is because child support is for the child, not the parent, and the judge must act in the best interest of the child. The amount of  support awarded in a divorce is determined by filling out a child support guidelines worksheet that… Read more »

3 Things to Remember When Going Through a Divorce

1. Prepare for change.   Your life and lifestyle will change. There are only a few cases where the couple has enough financial resources to maintain the marital lifestyle once they live in two separate households. You may be required to cut back on your spending, sell the house, or not take that annual vacation… Read more »

Divorce: Do You Need A Forensic Accountant?

A forensic accountant is not required in every divorce. A forensic accountant is typically only necessary in cases where there are complex asset portfolios and high net worth. A forensic accountant can help with your high net worth divorce in many ways. For example, a forensic accountant can investigate if funds are being dissipated, hidden… Read more »

4 Tips to Prepare for Your Initial Divorce Consultation

Are you going through a divorce and have an upcoming divorce consultation? Chances are you may be nervous about meeting with your divorce lawyer. You may never had to hire a lawyer before and you don’t know what to expect. Here are 4 tips to help you prepare for your initial divorce consultation. Provide Any… Read more »

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