What are Emergency Motions or Orders?

Emergency Motions are the court’s remedy when a situation involves immediate attention.  Parties can seek emergency orders in a variety of situations. A parent may have been arrested for drug abuse or domestic violence. An emergency may also exist if the custodial parent is Baker Acted, or if there has been domestic violence. In any … Read more

Independence Day Reflections: American’s Must “Hang Together”

Independence Day brings us a chance to reflect. A chance to think about the freedom and opportunities we enjoy here in the United States.

Independence Day brings us a chance to reflect – a chance to think about the freedom and opportunities we enjoy here in the United States.  It’s hard to imagine what it was like back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The British Empire spanned across continents. The British Army was bigger and … Read more

Top 3 Benefits of Mediation Over Going To Court

Before you ever reach a trial, try using mediation. Mediation is one of the best tools around. It is also called Alternative Dispute Resolution. And it provides a way for people to resolve problems without risking it all in court. It is a great forum for outlining differences, and it provides a safe and secure … Read more

Memorial Day is for the Fallen

Memorial Day is for the Fallen

This Memorial Day, give thanks to those who lost their lives while serving our country. I saw a nice meme the other day from a fellow veteran which said: Memorial Day is for the fallen. Please don’t thank me this weekend.” That’s true. Veterans get recognized on Veteran’s Day in November. Memorial Day, by contrast, … Read more

Florida Juvenile Dependency Cases

Florida Dependency Cases

A large part of family law involves Juvenile Dependency cases. These cases generally arise when the State has to intervene with a family. There are many different reasons why this may occur. But the general basis for these cases is that the parents have abused, abandoned, or neglected their kids. Parents are often given a … Read more

Florida Relocation and Child Custody Considerations

Looking to move? We’re a mobile society. People get new jobs and life changes. And often part of that is a need to relocate to another town or State.   But what does it take? And what does the law say? If you’re thinking of moving, it’s important to know what is required. Years ago, … Read more

Modifications in Family Law Cases

Life changes, and that’s why people often end up seeking modifications to their family law case. So where do you start? The first step is determining why you seek the change. Modifications in family law cases are common, but can be tough to prove. Generally, courts cannot change a final judgment once it is entered. … Read more

Light it up Blue for Autism Awareness!

April 2nd is the day we ask that you Light it up Blue!

April 2nd is the day we ask that you Light it up Blue! Why? Because April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day. More than 3.5 million Americans are on the Autism Spectrum. Autism has a diverse number of symptoms. They include behavioral things, such as repetitive behavior, poor eye contact, and poor social interaction. And the … Read more

Alimony Reform Bill Passed in Florida, Now Before The Governor

Attorney's fees is an important issue in many family law cases.

The Florida Legislature passed an alimony reform bill this week which is now before the Governor. This bill substantially changes the alimony laws, and provides a presumption that children should spend approximately equal amounts of time with both parents. If signed into law, the bill will be a substantial change. It requires courts to make certain … Read more

Florida Administrative Law Process and Child Support

A little known program in Florida is the administrative law process. It can be used to establish child support without using the courts, and every prospective father should know about it.

A little known program in Florida is the administrative law process. It can be used to establish child support without using the courts, and every prospective father should know about it. Generally, people will file either a petition for divorce or paternity to establish parenting time and child support. However, in Florida, child support can … Read more