Celebrating Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is often defined by family, food and some football. All three are great traditions. But the Holidays are also a great time to give thanks by giving back. There are many good non-profit groups which can use our help. The American Red Cross is a long recognized group which helps our community, and our … Read more

Family Lawyers – Your Counselor and Advocate

When Do You Need a Family Lawyer? What comes to your mind when you think of family law? Many would say divorce and/or the courtroom, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. It is natural for people to identify “family lawyers” as someone who only helps individuals get a divorce. Pictures are conjured of lawyers … Read more

Divorce and its Impact on Children

Divorce and its impact on Children

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

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

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

Appeals in a Nutshell

Appeals in a Nutshell

We finished oral argument in an appeal this week, and it occurred to me that many do not understand the appellate process. Appeals are a way of having a judge’s decision reviewed by a higher court. In most family law and civil cases, this involves filing an appeal with the District Court of Appeal.  Unlike … Read more

Alimony reform — is it for real this time?

Alimony will now have a guidelines approach

** UPDATE ** See “Alimony Reform Bill Passed in Florida, Now Before The Governor“ It’s only a matter of time before Florida’s alimony statute is finally revised. The last effort came in 2013, but was vetoed by Governor Rick Scott because it would have allowed anyone paying alimony to modify their support obligation retroactively. This … Read more