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Parenting Time

June 20, 2024

Parenting time is the single largest issue when two people with children get a divorce. There is no way around it.  You have to determine how you will share children, and its not always easy. Parenting Time is the single most important item when you have children.  In Florida, parents find themselves suddenly talking about … Read more

Parenting After Divorce

Parenting After Divorce

September 5, 2023

Divorce marks the end of one era and the start of another chapter. This is especially true with parenting after a divorce. In this blog, I will discuss the highs and lows of parenting after a divorce, offering insights where possible. With my own divorce, I tried my best to ensure the kids kept the … Read more

Alimony reform has come to Florida.

Alimony Reform has come to Florida.

July 8, 2023

On June 30, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law significant changes to Florida’s alimony law. The bill eliminates permanent alimony, and sets new standards for what is considered a long-term marriage. It also changes what courts call durational alimony. The alimony reform bill also makes it easier to change an existing parenting plan. The … Read more

Florida no longer has custody orders.  They are called Parenting Plans.

Parenting Plans

November 4, 2022

Florida no longer has custody orders. They are called Parenting Plans. The change was made in 2008 based on the recommendations of a Family Law Committee. The Committee is made up of attorneys and professionals who work in the family law field. The reason for the change is to move away from common problems seen … Read more

Time-Sharing and Florida Law

Time-Sharing and Florida Law

July 20, 2022

Many people consult with us about time-sharing here in the State of Florida. It’s very different than how other States address this, especially with the wording. The Florida Legislature abolished words as “custody” and “primary residential parent” in 2008. Instead, we use words such as time-sharing and parenting plans. The reason is simple – it … Read more

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Estate Planning Now Can Prevent Mishaps Later

August 4, 2021

Many people put off their Estate planning, and it’s often a mistake. It’s an easy point – prior planning will prevent mishaps later. Do you need a will, or is a trust a better option? Do you need to transfer assets now, or is it better to wait? Answering these questions now will prevent headaches … Read more

Alimony is an issue which is often litigated. There is no objective way to assess it, but it comes up in many cases.  

Alimony

April 19, 2021

Alimony is an issue which is often litigated. There is no objective way to assess it, but it comes up in many cases.   Support is based on need and ability to pay.  This is as vague as it sounds. However, it is the primary way to determine alimony. Florida law provides several different types of … Read more

How can revokable trust save you money?

Revocable Trusts

January 25, 2021

Revocable Trusts are a great estate planning tool. Unlike wills, revocable trusts do not require probate court to transfer assets after a loved one passes away. Instead, assets can be held by that person and transfer without a court order. This includes land, retirement accounts, and bank accounts. It also includes household goods. For example, … Read more

The timelines for an Administrative Child Support case are quick!

Administrative Child Support in Florida: How Does It Work?

September 1, 2020

We have a little known system called Administrative Child Support in Florida. You need to know how this system works. It all starts with many people receiving a Notice of Commencement. If you receive a Notice of Administrative Child Support, then you have 20 days in which to notify the Department of Revenue that you … Read more

Modification is Useful with Parenting Time and Child Support

June 8, 2020

When can you seek a modification of your final judgment? This question comes up during a series of different issues. Modification means changing your final judgment, but that’s not easy. There are a few select areas where courts allow a Modification. It’s important to know when you can seek it, especially before you finish an … Read more

Co-parenting and COVID-19

Co-parenting and COVID-19

April 2, 2020

We are getting calls now about co-parenting and COVID-19. Most of the focus is on whether the other parent is follow social distancing. There are are no easy answers to the current situation, and we are in new territory. But here are some tips that will hopefully help. Follow your parenting plan. If you already … Read more

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

The Growing Need for Guardian Advocates

January 22, 2020

There is a growing need for Guardian Advocates. These are often parents who care for their kids well past the age of eighteen. The rise in people with autism is one reason, but there are many other types of challenges.  Guardian Advocates carry on certain tasks often done by parents of a minor. They are … Read more