Florida Family Law Articles

This coming Thursday is America's Birthday, and it's a great thing to celebrate!

America’s Birthday

This coming Thursday is America’s Birthday, and it’s a great thing to celebrate! We have so many things in our country for which to be thankful. Freedom of speech and the press is a wonderful right that we enjoy both at the national and State level. Freedom of Religion, likewise, is protected in both the … Read more

Dividing Assets in Divorce

Dividing Assets in a Divorce is not Always Easy

Dividing assets in divorce cases seems easy at first. But it requires many factual decisions. Courts must first determine what’s marital and non-marital. This can be tricky, as the date used to determine property must be set. Most courts use the date on which you marry and the date on which the divorce is filed. … Read more

Back Child Support

Back Child Support is something to ask for. The problem is getting it. In every initial case, Courts have the discretion to make it retroactive. Cases on this tell the courts that retro support is the norm rather than the exception. But it’s also one of the most confusing areas to handle.  Back Child Support … Read more

In a Florida divorce proceeding, you will hear the term "No Fault" - a lot. However, what does this term really mean?

No Fault Divorce? What does that mean?

In a Florida divorce proceeding, you will hear the term “No Fault” – a lot. However, what does this term really mean? You made a commitment to become married, and probably made many sacrifices. Is it fair to hear that your partner’s infidelity doesn’t matter? What about a spouse who has not been honest about … Read more

Summer Parenting time is soon upon us.   It's the one time many parents change the parenting schedule.

With Summer Parenting It’s Best to Plan Ahead

  Summer Parenting time is soon upon us. It’s the one time many parents change the parenting schedule. Prior Planning will ensure a smooth process. For many, Spring Break has ended or is about to end. Some students had Spring Break in mid-March. Other children, like those in Gainesville, Florida, are on Spring Break the … Read more

Dividing Retirement Accounts in a Florida Divorce

Dividing retirement accounts in a divorce is a pivotal issue for many. Detailed information is needed as to what kind of retirement accounts exist (company pensions or Individual Retirement Accounts, for example) and what the balances were at the time the parties married. In addition, parties to a divorce need to consider the tax consequences … Read more

Adoption is a great alternative for many grandparents and step-parents

Adoptions

Adoption is a great alternative for many grandparents and step-parents. Many grandparents and step-parents find themselves thrust into being a parent. Most relish the chance, but not everyone starts by considering adoption. Many adoption cases have come into our office recently. They all have one major thing in common – a parent who is missing. … Read more

It's good to share ideas with other parents who have a child with special needs.

Adult Dependent Children and Florida Guardian Advocacy

Adult Dependent Children is an issue near to my heart. Kids are being diagnosed with autism at an alarming rate. Many others have other challenges, such as Downs Syndrome or a combination of physical and mental challenges. Most school districts today have programs for kids with special needs; however, it’s never enough. There are not … Read more

The Florida Supreme Court held that unmarried dads can pursue their rights, even if the mother was married to someone else.

Father’s Rights

Father’s Rights took a nice step in the right direction recently. The Florida Supreme Court held that unmarried dads can pursue their rights, even if the mother was married to someone else. This set aside a decades old approach that was long overdue. Before this ruling, unmarried dads could not pursue such rights. Children whose … Read more

Homestead Protection in Florida

Homestead Protection is a fundamental part of most probate cases. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “Your house is your castle”. Well in Florida, that’s true. There is broad protection for homes, and that protection passes on to your heirs. At the top are surviving spouses and minor children. For them, there are certain types … Read more

Divorce and Income Taxes (Video)

Divorce and Income Taxes (Video)

It’s officially tax season, and anyone getting a divorce should know how taxes may affect you. There are several things to consider with taxes, especially with the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. These include how it affects support payments, when to file jointly, and how to claim dependents.  Divorce and income taxes … Read more

Dr. King's ideas go beyond the Civil Rights Movement.

Martin Luther King Championed Equality for All

We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this coming Monday. It’s an important day for all of us. Dr. King’s ideas go beyond the Civil Rights Movement.  Martin Luther King championed equality for all. He marched to promote freedom and opportunity for all. In his “I have a Dream” speech, Dr. King talked about people … Read more