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5 Tips if You Can’t Afford Your Child Support or Alimony Due to COVID-19

You are not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of people and families in a tough financial spot. You may find yourself temporarily out of a job without knowing when you’ll be able to return. If you’re currently paying child-support or alimony, you may no longer have the means to pay your court… Read more »

10 Stages of a Contested Divorce Case in Florida

A contested divorce is a case that is litigated in family law court when the parties cannot agree on issues such as property divsision, timesharing, alimony, child support, and attorney’s fees. Litigation occurs in different stages. Here is a general overview of the 10 different stages that may be involved in your contested divorce: 1.    … Read more »

6 Reasons Why You Should Mediate Your Divorce

Mediation is usually required before the Judge will set your divorce for trial. So in most circumstances, you do not have a choice and you have to mediate your case (unless it’s resolved before then). But don’t panic, mediation is a good thing! Here are 6 reasons why you should mediate your divorce case: 1…. Read more »

Nuts and Bolts of Divorce Mediation

  Mediation Conference Mediation is an informal and confidential settlement conference between the parties and the attorneys outside the presence of the judge. Since mediation is confidential, the parties cannot use things that were said during mediation in court before the Judge. This encourages open and honest communication between the parties in hopes of reaching… Read more »

COVID-19 and Temporary Office Procedures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Supreme Court has suspended all jury trials and non-essential hearings until May 29, 2020. This means that all trials and most court hearings on your personal injury or family law matter have been cancelled for now. The local judges may, at their discretion, conduct telephonic hearings instead. Please… Read more »

Co-Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Co-parenting with your former spouse can be challenging even when you’re not faced with a global pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused many worried parents to reach out to us about the difficulty and uncertainty they are experiencing co-parenting during these unfamiliar times. Chances are your current parenting plan does not account for national emergencies… Read more »

How to Change or End Alimony in Florida

The court may order, or the parties can agree, that one spouse pay the other alimony (aka spousal support or maintenance) following a divorce. In Florida, there are different types of alimony, including bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, or permanent. Not all types of alimony can be changed or terminated, but for most, there are options available…. Read more »

Alimony Tax Laws Changes

As of January 1, 2019, new tax laws went into effect changing certain laws that were established some seventy years ago. If you are currently going through a divorce or are considering it in the future, here is what you need to know about the new tax laws. If you are already divorced, see below… Read more »

Hurricane Michael Aftermath – Homeowner’s Beware

As the community affected by Hurricane Michael starts to rebuild, homeowners need to be aware and protect themselves from companies that take advantage of people after a disaster. These are a few things to be on the lookout for: 1. Unlicensed Contractors. In Florida, a contractor who performs repairs must be licensed and insured. Always… Read more »

Free Hurricane Michael Assistance

Hurricane Michael’s wrath devastated most counties in the Florida Panhandle. When hurricanes strike, many people do not know where to turn for help. Unfortunately, many people affected by the hurricane do not have insurance to protect their home and personal belongings. Also, some people affected were renters who do not have renter’s insurance to protect… Read more »

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