With Summer Parenting It’s Best to Plan Ahead

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

  Summer Parenting time is soon upon us. It’s the one time many parents change the parenting schedule. Prior Planning will ensure a smooth process. For many, Spring Break has ended or is about to end. Some students had Spring Break in mid-March. Other children, like those in Gainesville, Florida, are on Spring Break the … Read more

Dividing Retirement Accounts in a Florida Divorce

Dividing retirement accounts in a divorce is a pivotal issue for many. Detailed information is needed as to what kind of retirement accounts exist (company pensions or Individual Retirement Accounts, for example) and what the balances were at the time the parties married. In addition, parties to a divorce need to consider the tax consequences … Read more

Adoptions

Adoption is a great alternative for many grandparents and step-parents

Adoption is a great alternative for many grandparents and step-parents. Many grandparents and step-parents find themselves thrust into being a parent. Most relish the chance, but not everyone starts by considering adoption. Many adoption cases have come into our office recently. They all have one major thing in common – a parent who is missing. … Read more

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

Father’s Rights

The Florida Supreme Court held that unmarried dads can pursue their rights, even if the mother was married to someone else.

Father’s Rights took a nice step in the right direction recently. The Florida Supreme Court held that unmarried dads can pursue their rights, even if the mother was married to someone else. This set aside a decades old approach that was long overdue. Before this ruling, unmarried dads could not pursue such rights. Children whose … 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

Holiday Parenting Time

Holiday parenting time is for the kids

For many kids, December brings visions of Santa Clause and gifts.  For parents, however, it’s a lot of shopping, cooking, and decorating. The Holidays also bring arguments over how to divide Parenting Time.  Holiday parenting time is for the kids. As we go about getting ready for the Holidays, let’s remember that time-sharing this Holiday … Read more

Halloween and Parenting Plans

Halloween and Parenting Plans

Halloween is a great time. Ghosts and goblins are ready to come out, and kids love to trick or treat.   But for many caught in a divorce, it’s also a time when parents argue over who gets to take the kids around the block. Young kids love to dress up, and it’s a fun time.  … 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