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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

Divorce and the Holidays

December 21, 2015

As we enter the Holidays, it’s good to remember those going through a divorce. Divorce is common in today’s society, and we are used to couples who decide to make this life changing move. But during the Holidays, people in the middle of a divorce can experience enormous stress. Every year, we have a few … Read more

Modifications in Family Law

December 14, 2015

The only constant in life is change. Hence the law allows modifications. People lose and gain jobs. Kids grow older and gain additional expenses. People remarry and form blended families.  There are simple modifications, like trying a new school for your kids.  Or it may be a complex change, like seeking to relocate across the … Read more

Many people in today's society have kids and live with their partner, but do not marry. It's much more common now than it was 40 years ago, and creates what is called a Paternity case.

Paternity Law in a Nutshell

December 2, 2015

Many people in today’s society have kids and live with their partner, but do not marry. It’s much more common now than it was 40 years ago, and creates what is called a Paternity case.   Paternity cases in Florida occur when the parents are not married.   Legally, the Father must establish his rights … Read more

Celebrating Thanksgiving

November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving is often defined by family, food and some football. All three are great traditions. But the Holidays are also a great time to give thanks by giving back. There are many good non-profit groups which can use our help. The American Red Cross is a long recognized group which helps our community, and our … Read more

Family Lawyers – Your Counselor and Advocate

November 17, 2015

When Do You Need a Family Lawyer? What comes to your mind when you think of family law? Many would say divorce and/or the courtroom, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. It is natural for people to identify “family lawyers” as someone who only helps individuals get a divorce. Pictures are conjured of lawyers … Read more

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

Celebrating Veteran’s Day

November 9, 2015

Veteran’s Day is approaching, and it’s a good time to give back to our veterans. Serving in the military is a source of pride and accomplishment. But many who have served, or are serving, need our help. Here are some ways you can help make a difference: The Wounded Warrior Project helps provides counseling, and … Read more

It is estimated that 1 in 68 kids are on the autism spectrum.

Autism and Our Kids

November 3, 2015

Many parents, including myself, have kids – or know of kids – who are on the autism spectrum. It’s a diverse challenge, with no true explanation and no concrete solution. It is estimated that 1 in 68 kids are on the autism spectrum. This is a huge increase in the past 40 years. It requires … Read more

Here in Florida, any victim of domestic violence can file a Petition for Injunction Against Domestic Violence.

Domestic Violence in Florida

October 28, 2015

Domestic violence is a serious problem. According to a 2013 global review cited by the United Nations, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced domestic violence. The UN also estimates that half of all women killed in 2012 were the victims of domestic violence. Likewise, the estimated number of children in the world who are the … Read more