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Avoid Costly Litigation with Pre-Suit Mediation Avoid Costly Litigation with Pre-Suit Mediation
Posted on February 27, 2020

When two parties are so greatly at odds that it requires legal intervention, a nasty lawsuit isn’t the only option. Litigation can often be avoided by using an alternative process known as pre-suit mediation, which can resolve the parties’ differences in an informal manner. Pre-suit mediation provides both parties an opportunity to resolve claims early on by taking a step back, focusing on the real issues, and openly discussing their dispute before filing a lawsuit. Prior to mediation...


What to Do When Your Child Refuses Visitation What to Do When Your Child Refuses Visitation
Posted on October 26, 2018

As a parent, it’s tough to watch your child go through feelings of sadness, frustration, confusion, and loneliness after you and your spouse get divorced. Older children that are aware of the situation often blame one of their parents for the breakup, and because of that, begin doing everything they can to keep from spending time with them. When a child refuses visitation with a parent, it creates an uncomfortable situation for both the parents and the child. No parent wants to force...


What You Can’t Include in Your Prenuptial Agreement What You Can’t Include in Your Prenuptial Agreement
Posted on July 3, 2018

A prenuptial agreement (prenup) is a legally binding contract established by two people before they marry.  While it can accommodate most of the things that a couple would like to incorporate, there are some strict regulations as to what cannot be included in a prenup. Some of those limitations include: (a) Child care; (b) Anything that encourages divorce; (c) Legality; Personal issues. If you’re planning a wedding, be sure to discuss the preparation of a prenuptial agreement....


Handling the Challenges of Being a Blended Family Handling the Challenges of Being a Blended Family
Posted on June 20, 2018

Over the years, many families have gone from the typical biologically bonded mother, father, and child to a variety of other family configurations. While new families are supposed to "blend" together, the transition can be challenging for everyone, causing many parents who remarry to end up divorcing. To ease the transition into a blended family, parents can do things such as: (a) Get on the same page regarding expectations; (b) Make an effort to...


Visitation Do’s and Don’ts Visitation Do’s and Don’ts
Posted on June 15, 2018

Visitation, also known as “time-sharing” in Florida, plays a vital role in a child’s ability to maintain a relationship with both parents during and after a divorce. For visitations to work successfully, both parents need to make sure the child is comfortable in their separate homes, regardless of how much time is spent there. However, when former spouses want to hurt the other, they sometimes use visitation with the children as a form of revenge. Parents should never...


What is the Difference between a Final and Non-Final Order? What is the Difference between a Final and Non-Final Order?
Posted on March 28, 2018

While there are specific types of non-final orders that can be reviewed under Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.130, that category of orders is restricted, and in most cases, an order must be final before a person can seek appellate review. Therefore, before undertaking an appeal, a family appellate attorney must file and determine, for appellate purposes, whether the subject order is final or non-final. This evaluation helps an attorney manage case progression...


Parental Rights of Same-Sex Partners Parental Rights of Same-Sex Partners
Posted on February 22, 2018

Over the years, same-sex couples have fought for equal rights when it comes to marriage and starting a family. It is now much more common to see same-sex couples begin family units that involve children, either from a previous heterosexual relationship or children born during their relationship. Sometimes the children are conceived by one of the partners through artificial methods or the children may be adopted by the couple. Although more states have...


5 Tips for Surviving Your First Year of Marriage 5 Tips for Surviving Your First Year of Marriage
Posted on January 14, 2018

If you’ve been with your partner a long time and have shared a home together, you may think getting married won’t change anything aside from getting a piece of paper that shows you’re official. However, things do change - and these changes can bring obstacles that may cause you to file for divorce before celebrating your first anniversary. After the honeymoon phase ends and real-life responsibilities kick in, such as bills, chores, and work; couples may become overwhelmed...


How to Establish Paternity in Florida How to Establish Paternity in Florida
Posted on December 5, 2017

When you establish paternity, you are identifying the legal father of a child. If a couple is unmarried at the time of a child’s birth, paternity must be established voluntarily or through a court order. A couple can sign a “Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity” form acknowledging the alleged father signing the form is the child’s legal father, swearing under oath the information is accurate. The document becomes final 60 days after it has been signed...


Why is Aggressive Representation Vital to Family Law Matters? Why is Aggressive Representation Vital to Family Law Matters?
Posted on September 27, 2017

Whether you’re faced with an impending divorce, filing a domestic violence injunction, fighting for more time-sharing with your children, or any other family law matter, you want aggressive representation to help protect you. With so much at risk inside the courtroom, you want to hire a law firm that will fight aggressively for your best interests. Aggressive representation also ensures you will get the most out of your case, whether you’re seeking additional alimony or the majority of time-sharing with your children...


Dynamic Breastfeeding Moms Seeking Justice: Where are we now? Past, Present and Future of Dynamic Breastfeeding Moms Seeking Justice: Where are we now?
Posted on August 2, 2017

Certainly, the accommodations for breastfeeding women in the past were neither adequate nor fair. But women across the state have worked tirelessly to make changes by forming committees, discussing the issue with judges, and getting the word out about this important issue. We are finally starting to see the results. The present situation in Miami-Dade County is a preeminent example of what can happen when lawyers and judges come together to demand something better...


Mediation Can Be Dangerous Unless You Do Your Homework Mediation Can Be Dangerous Unless You Do Your Homework
Posted on March 5, 2015

There are countless articles online and in the legal community describing the Mediation process as “informal”. This oftentimes invites a false sense of security for parties who might otherwise prepare for the Mediation process, but are under the false impression that Mediation is nothing to worry about. Do not be misled by the articles you read on this issue—the truth is that Mediation is a big deal and can have real consequences for you and your family should you fail...


Dads- Even the Playing Field by Filing for Paternity Dads- Even the Playing Field by Filing for Paternity
Posted on February 23, 2015

You’ve heard the stories before, and most likely you know a few folks who just don’t like the idea of committing to Marriage. Informal relationships are the new norm—and approximately 40% of all births in the United States involve unwed parents. What many people might not know however is that in Florida, the unmarried mother of a child born out of wedlock is the natural guardian of the child. What does this mean? Mom is entitled to primary residential care and custody...


Five Tips for A Productive Client/Attorney Relationship Five Tips for A Productive Client/Attorney Relationship
Posted on February 23, 2015

(a) Don’t keep your attorney’s number on speed dial. While you might be tempted to speak with your attorney about any and all issues concerning your pending divorce, you will most likely get a bill from them that may not agree with your pocketbook Instead, keep a list of important topics to tell your attorney and send it via email. (b) Keep a calendar of upcoming events. Although divorce attorneys are required to let you know when hearings are coming up, they are not obliged...


DCF’s Policy Of “Family Preservation” Has Resulted In Deaths Of 477 Florida Children…
Posted on August 1, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a decision ten (10) years ago by the Florida Department of Children & Families to adopt a policy of “Family Preservation” has resulted in a significant rise in the deaths of children under DCF “protection;” particularly children under the age of five (5)...


Recent Changes to Florida’s Alimony, Time-Sharing, and Child Support Laws: Chapter Preview Inside the Minds: Strategies for Family Law in Florida - Strategies for Coping with the Recent Changes to Florida’s Alimony, Time-Sharing, and Child Support Laws: Chapter Preview
Posted on July 5, 2011

In my practice I represent clients in all types of alimony and child support cases. Three statutory changes that I believe have had the most significant impact on both my clients and on Florida family law in general are the recent amendments to the alimony statute, the enactment of the supportive relationship statute, and the revision of the existing time-sharing and child support statutes. These advancements...


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