Florida Family Law Blog

Florida is on the verge of becoming another State which has its own Collaborative Law statute.

Florida Collaborative Law

March 18, 2016

Florida is on the verge of becoming another State which has its own Collaborative Law statute. Collaborative Law is a unique process. It involves having the parties consent to negotiating rather than litigating. A collaborative team works together. And it may include a collaborative attorney, counselors, and accountants. The process can begin at any time. … Read more

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

Alimony Reform Bill Passed in Florida, Now Before The Governor

March 11, 2016

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

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.

Florida Administrative Law Process and Child Support

March 7, 2016

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

A Paternity Case Doesn’t Have to Cost You a Fortune

A Paternity Case Doesn’t Have to Cost You a Fortune

February 29, 2016

A paternity case doesn’t have to cost you a fortune – but it’s important to understand how they differ from custody cases in a divorce.  In a paternity case, both the mother and father have rights.   However, the mother in paternity cases is considered the natural guardian. This means that the mother is entitled … Read more

The legal process is something all people in a lawsuit should understand. Too often, new clients come to us and are confused by the process. So here's a quick tutorial.

Understanding The Legal Process – A Quick Tutorial

February 22, 2016

The legal process is something all people in a lawsuit should understand. Too often, new clients come to us and are confused by the process. So here’s a quick tutorial. The legal process is always started by filing a Petition, or Complaint.   In legal terms, it’s called a pleading. The other party must usually … Read more

Courts in Florida, like every State, are unique. Every State has authority to pass laws within their State. This includes Family law and Probate matters.

Understanding the Florida Court System

February 15, 2016

Courts in Florida, like every State, are unique. Every State has authority to pass laws within their State. This includes Family law and Probate matters. The Florida Court system includes trial courts and appellate courts. Trial judges are divided into two sub-sections: County Courts and Circuit Courts. County judges handle misdemeanor cases, small claims, and claims … Read more

Summary probates are used in several circumstances.

Summary Probates

February 8, 2016

Having a loved one pass away is hard. Having to handle his or her affairs makes it much more difficult. Here in Florida, there are two basic types of probates, and it is good to know the differences between the two. The easiest type and the one we use most often are summary probates. Summary probates are … Read more

Florida Divorce and Non-Residents

Florida Divorce and Non-Residents

February 2, 2016

Several cases we see involve divorces in which one of the parties is a non-resident. That is, the Husband and Wife lived in Florida, but moved away. In many instances, the non-resident is in the military, or works in a field in which they have to work out of state. In other cases, both parties lived here … Read more

Child Custody and School Zones

January 23, 2016

One of the largest topics in child custody cases is whose school zone the parties will use. It’s often one of the last things discussed in mediation, and it always has the chance to unravel every agreement. Simply put — every parent likes to have his or her kids in their school zone. But this … Read more

Dr. King's work paved the way to having better relations.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

January 15, 2016

Each year in January, we as a nation take a moment to honor and reflect upon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And that reflection is important. It seems like ages ago that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led his pursuit of equality and justice. Times were very different. There was no internet. No social media. … Read more

Adoption by Stepparents

January 11, 2016

Stepparent adoption is a good option for many blended families. This is especially true when the other parent is not active with the kids. We see a lot of cases in which a child was born out of wedlock, and the mother (or father) is now married. Their new significant other is highly involved with … Read more

It's officially a new year, and that's a good time to do some estate planning.

Estate Planning for the New Year

January 6, 2016

It’s officially a new year, and that’s a good time to do some estate planning. Consider it part of your early Spring cleaning. However, instead of cleaning out the old closets, you’re cleaning up what happens when you pass away. If you already have a will, start by making sure you know where it is … Read more