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Grandparents -- take heart. A new statute has recently been passed allowing grandparent visitation rights under certain circumstances.

Grandparent Visitation Gains New Life in Florida

October 20, 2015

Grandparents — take heart. A new statute has recently been passed allowing grandparent visitation rights under certain circumstances.For years, Grandparents had no visitation rights. This new statute is a small step forward, but it does provide some relief when the parents are deceased, missing, or are in a persistent vegetative state. It covers both grandparents and … Read more

Here in Florida, every parent has a duty to provide for his or her kids until they reach the age 18. However, that responsibility can extend to age 19, if the child is in high school and is expected to graduate.

Child Support in Florida

October 13, 2015

Child Support is a topic that comes up often. Some customers ask about it up front; others don’t mention it until the end. But it’s central to every case which involves children. Child Support is considered a Right to the Kids. Here in Florida, every parent has a duty to provide for his or her … Read more

Estate Planning — It’s your Future

October 6, 2015

Family disputes regarding the estate of a family member occur often here in Florida. Siblings may disagree, or a surviving spouse may be at odds with the children of the decedent. It’s best to think ahead and plan for these events. Estate Planning is for Your Loved Ones In this age of blended families, it’s important … Read more

Temporary Child Custody By Grandparents

September 29, 2015

A child’s initial memories revolve around his parents and siblings. To them, their family is their world. All too often, grandparents find themselves filling this role. The reasons for this are plenty. Maybe the parents are out of state. Or maybe the parents are using drugs or are in prison. Sometimes a parent just wants … Read more

Divorce and its impact on Children

Divorce and its Impact on Children

September 23, 2015

Each child is unique, and has a natural desire to please his or her parents. Many of us do our best to raise our kids, but there’s no easy route when a child is caught in the middle of a divorce. For them, this is a life changing event. It turns their world upside down.   … Read more

I’m not ready for a divorce, but my spouse is….

September 13, 2015

Florida has the 8th highest divorce rate in the United States of America. All around, you hear of friends who have decided to dissolve their marriage. I’ve seen people dissolve their marriage after less than one year, and others after 40 years. Either way, it’s always a traumatic experience. No one I’ve ever met goes … Read more

If you are a member of the military, or if your spouse is a member, you should know your basic rights.

Divorce and the Military

September 9, 2015

Florida has many military members, with some of the nicest duty stations. These include Key West, Pensacola, and Jacksonville. Military Members and their spouses also settle in Ocala and Gainesville. If you are a member of the military, or if your spouse is a member, you should know your basic rights and benefits. Judgements: The … Read more

Back to School Time in North Central Florida

It’s Back to School Time in North Central Florida

August 24, 2015

Marion County Florida public schools started August 17th, and schools in Alachua County’s public system start August 24th, 2015. Information for Marion County can be found at www.marionschools.net. The website includes information on things like bus schedules, the school calendar, online meal pay, and just about every other issue that comes up for parents. Similar … Read more

In Florida, there are two primary kinds of probate proceedings.

Understanding Probate

August 14, 2015

Probate cases involve the handling of a loved one’s assets after he or she passes away. In Florida, there are two primary kinds of probate proceedings. They include summary probates, which is a quicker process for smaller estates. And formal probates, which are more involved and require the use of a personal representative. Summary probates … Read more

Should your child be a witness during litigation?

Should your child testify??

July 23, 2015

One of the harder parts of any custody case is deciding to have a child testify in a family law case. Sometimes, a child may be the best, if not only, witness to certain events. And the statute on parenting time includes, as one of its criteria, the reasonable preferences of the child, if the … Read more

Prenuptial Agreements -- A necessary evil??

Prenuptial Agreements — A necessary evil?

June 30, 2015

Before the wedding bells sound, many couples today come to our office to have a prenuptial agreement drafted. This is especially common in second marriages, where the husband or wife have children from a prior marriage. For many, it’s a necessary evil. Everyone wants to protect themselves. But who wants to talk about what happens … Read more

Father's Day -- a special day for many of us

Father’s Day — a special day for many of us

June 20, 2015

As we celebrate Father’s Day this June 21st, I’d like to remind all dads of the special role they play in their children’s lives. It took two people to conceive the child; and it takes two people to raise the child. Children thrive the most when both parents are involved, and our statutes reflect this … Read more