Dividing Assets in a Divorce is not Always Easy

Dividing Assets in Divorce

Dividing assets in divorce cases seems easy at first. But it requires many factual decisions. Courts must first determine what’s marital and non-marital. This can be tricky, as the date used to determine property must be set. Most courts use the date on which you marry and the date on which the divorce is filed. … Read more

Collaborative Divorce Law

Courts cannot order someone to attempt Collaborative Law.

The Collaborative Law Process Act is now law, and it’s a great step for families. The Florida Legislature recently passed this new law, which gives people an alternative to litigation. A rather unique approach, Collaborative Law is based on the idea that parties work strictly to resolve things without litigation. Parties must agree to participate, … Read more

Florida Supreme Court Revises Family Law Rules

Florida Supreme Court Revised Family Law Rules

The Florida Supreme Court has recently revised the Florida Family Law Rules. These rules outline how a case proceeds, from start to finish. This includes what is required when you file a case, and how to proceed. The Family Law Rules tell all parties what financial information is needed, and when it is due. For … Read more

Four Practical New Year’s Resolutions Helpful For All

New Year's Resolutions are fabulous, if you actually follow them.

New Year’s Resolutions are fabulous, if you actually follow them. Many people promise themselves that they will lose weight, or spend less money. Here’s four common sense tips that are helpful to all, especially anyone who is divorced or is about to divorce. First, don’t blame yourself for what happened. It takes two to create … Read more

Family Law Modifications – Preparation is the Key to Success

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

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

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

Diversity in Law: Respecting the Dignity of Every Person

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 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

Top 3 Benefits of Mediation Over Going To Court

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

Modifications in Family Law Cases

Life changes, and that’s why people often end up seeking modifications to their family law case. So where do you start? The first step is determining why you seek the change. Modifications in family law cases are common, but can be tough to prove. Generally, courts cannot change a final judgment once it is entered. … Read more

Alimony Reform Bill Passed in Florida, Now Before The Governor

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

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