Divorce and the Military

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

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

It’s Back to School Time in North Central Florida

Back to School Time in North Central Florida

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

Should your child testify??

Should your child be a witness during litigation?

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??

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

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

Custody and Parenting Plans

“I WANT CUSTODY!” — I hear this phrase often. But Florida no longer uses that term. Nor do Florida courts use the term, “residential parent.” In 2008, the Legislature changed the language being used, and in a sense changed the way we look at custody. Today, courts develop “parenting plans,” and parents (in a divorce … Read more

Autism Awareness 2015, Parenting for a Brighter Future

Autism Awareness 2015

April is Autism Awareness month, and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. Many towns will be lighting up the sky — or buildings — in blue to raise awareness about Autism. For me, it’s very personal, as I have a son on the spectrum. And it’s been a challenge. For years now, we have … Read more

Grandparent Rights

Temporary Child Custody By Grandparents

We see many grandparents who are actively raising their grandchildren. Some are helping out the parents, others have fully taken the role of being the parent. Here in Florida, grandparents do not have visitation rights. (Update: See “Grandparent Visitation Gains New Life“) However, the Florida Statutes allow grandparents, as well as other close relatives, to … Read more

Jonathan P. Culver, PA Announces New Website Launch

Jonathan P. Culver Law Firm, with offices in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida is proud to debut our new website.

Jonathan P. Culver Law Firm, with offices in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida is proud to debut our new website. We worked with a local digital agency to provide a clean, mobile-friendly user experience for our clients and visitors alike and are very pleased with the results. We’re excited about the new look and features and … Read more