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Florida Family Law Blog

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

Family Law Modifications – Preparation is the Key to Success

September 27, 2016

Many customers have come to us lately with modifications being sought in his or her family law case. Persons seek to modify the Final Judgment for a variety of reasons.  New jobs are offered in different cities or states. People remarry and need to move away. Someone who is paying child support may lose his … Read more

Self Determination a Hallmark of Mediation

August 25, 2016

Mediation is a great resource, and all parties should try it before marching into a courtroom. I attended the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s annual conference recently. It was refreshing to interact with so many other mediators. Without question, we all felt that mediation is a better alternative to trial.   Why use mediation? The answer … Read more

Florida is rich in diversity. And the Florida judicial system is committed to ensuring that all walks of life receive equal justice.

Diversity in Law: Respecting the Dignity of Every Person

August 15, 2016

Diversity in Law is a reality these days. Whether this involves race, sexual orientation, religion, or gender identity, Florida is rich in diversity. And the Florida judicial system is committed to ensuring that all walks of life receive equal justice. The Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity is a Florida Court investigation into diversity. It … Read more

It's Back to School time here in North Central Florida. Meet the teacher is here, and schools are getting ready to start.

It’s Back to School Time in North Central Florida!

August 2, 2016

It’s Back to School time here in North Central Florida. Meet the teacher is here, and schools are getting ready to start. In Marion County, classes resume on Wednesday, August 10th. In Alachua County, school starts on Monday, August 15th.   Each school provides a list of what materials your students will need. Check their websites … Read more

What are Emergency Motions or Orders?

July 22, 2016

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

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

July 1, 2016

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

June 17, 2016

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

Wills and their Importance

June 3, 2016

Wills are an important part of everyone’s planning.   They are easy to prepare. And they are simple to revise. Once made, you have outlined how your assets should be distributed. But without one, you may be leaving it to chance. Florida, like all States, has something called “intestacy” laws. These laws outline how assets are … Read more

Memorial Day is for the Fallen

Memorial Day is for the Fallen

May 27, 2016

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

May 20, 2016

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

May 13, 2016

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

There are different types of trusts, and each serves a unique purpose. It's important to know the differences.

Estate & Trust Planning

May 6, 2016

Estate & Trust planning is an important thing to consider. There are different types of trusts, and each serves a unique purpose. It’s important to know the differences.     The most commonly used trust in estate & trust planning is a Revocable Trust.  This type allows a person to create a trust, with the … Read more