Adult Dependent Children and Florida Guardian Advocacy

It's good to share ideas with other parents who have a child with special needs.

Adult Dependent Children is an issue near to my heart. Kids are being diagnosed with autism at an alarming rate. Many others have other challenges, such as Downs Syndrome or a combination of physical and mental challenges. Most school districts today have programs for kids with special needs; however, it’s never enough. There are not … Read more

Divorce and Income Taxes (Video)

Divorce and Income Taxes (Video)

It’s officially tax season, and anyone getting a divorce should know how taxes may affect you. There are several things to consider with taxes, especially with the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. These include how it affects support payments, when to file jointly, and how to claim dependents.  Divorce and income taxes … Read more

Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic violence is a serious problem.

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. It’s important to recognize this issue.  Domestic violence is a serious problem.  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women are victims. Ten million people are abused each year by a close partner. These are staggering numbers, and it’s not acceptable. Violence at home … Read more

The Two Types of Contempt of Court

Understanding the Two Main Types of Contempt of Court

Contempt of court is a common method to enforce judgments. There are two types – criminal and civil.   The most common form is Civil Contempt. Unlike criminal contempt, civil is used to compel someone to follow an order. The best known type involves collecting money in child support cases. A custodial parent can file … 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

Blended Families Face Challenges but it’s Worth the Effort

For many grandparents and stepparents in Florida, adoptions make the family whole.

Many blended families exist today. More than ever, people are getting divorced. They often remarry and bring together their children. Often the new couple may have two households, or live in different towns. They face many challenges when trying to put their family together. When blending such a family, it’s important to know where the … Read more

Calculating Child Support in Florida Can Be Complex

Calculating child support in Florida is not an easy process, in fact it can be complex. Many factors are used, and it's important to consider them all.

Child Support is an integral part of almost all family law cases. But it is also now rather complex to calculate. Back when I started practicing law, we did child support calculations on paper. You took the net income of each parent, the number of kids, and multiplied the non-custodial parent’s income by a percentage. … Read more

Family Law Modifications – Preparation is the Key to Success

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

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