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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 »

Who gets to claim the child on the federal income tax return after a divorce?

Divorcing couples often fight about who will get to claim the child on his or her federal income tax return. After a divorce, only one parent can claim all the tax related benefits for a child, including, among some others, the dependency exemption and the child tax credit. Generally, according to the IRS, only the… Read more »

This is How Your Family Law Case Goes Bad in Florida

Here are 10 things that will hurt your family law case:   Talking bad about your spouse to your kids. This is a big NO! Not only is it bad for your kids, but it’s a factor that the judge will take into consideration when determining custody. It will hurt you and the kids, not… Read more »

Think You Can’t Afford a Divorce Attorney?

Think again. You can’t afford to not hire a divorce attorney. Family law issues can be complex and require careful considerations and specialized skills. Although you may save money now on attorney’s fees, something that was overlocked could end up costing you more money in the end because you did not know the law on… Read more »

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