Posted on : September 7, 2016
Many clients expect complete privacy when talking to a doctor, mental health provider, or alcohol counselor and believe those medical records are completely confidential. There is a Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege Statute law in Florida, along with HIPPA, that protects these records, as well as conversations said in meetings or sessions with doctors and counselors, but there…
Posted on : June 21, 2016
When parents are involved in a divorce or separation, a child custody order is typically issued which gives each parent time with the child. The time may be split 50/50, or one parent may have primary custody and the other parent may have visitation rights. A custody order is specific to each family and must be…
Posted on : September 29, 2013
This time of year raises many issues for parties relating to holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas time-sharing. In a permanent case, the parties can be very creative in how to split the holiday time-sharing, including what holidays are important to him/her. One thing to consider if a party wants to alternate the entire break, exercise the…
Posted on : June 11, 2013
Russia and the United States have not reached an agreement allowing U.S. citizens to adopt children from Russia. Adoptions between the two countries had previously been closed due to legislation the U.S. Congress had passed regarding Russia’s human rights policies. Most children are adopted from Nigeria, Ecuador, Ukraine and China. This often fluctuates due to…
Posted on : April 28, 2013
As of now, the Florida Alimony Reform Bill has passed both the Florida House and Senate and is on the governor’s desk waiting to be signed. Not only would this put an end to permanent alimony, but it would tie the maximum length of alimony to the time a couple was married. Then it would…
Posted on : April 8, 2013
Many people aren’t aware that the Florida Alimony Reform Act effects child custody as well. A Provision of the Alimony Reform Act gives a presumption of an equal time-sharing schedule (often known as 50/50 custody) to children. Keep in mind that this is a rebuttable presumption and to rebut this presumption you need to have…
Posted on : February 5, 2013
Many clients and prospective clients have tax questions upon receiving their W-2. The most frequently asked question is which parent should claim the “qualified child,” which has a legal definition, for the income tax exemption or credit. For IRS purposes, the custodial parent is entitled to claim the qualified child for the tax exemption. The IRS…
Posted on : January 12, 2010
I’m often asked at what age a child is allowed to testify in court as to which parent the child wants to live with. Unfortunately, in Florida there is no clear cut answer to this question. For a child to testify in court, especially as to which parent the child wants to live with, a…
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