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What’s the Difference Between Sole Custody and Shared Custody?

Posted on : December 21, 2019
If you’re involved in a family legal case, it’s important to understand the various types of child custody that can be awarded. Explore the differences between sole and shared custody and learn how to get help from an attorney.  Sole Custody Explained  Sole custody refers to both physical and legal custody of a child. Legal…

How Can I Prepare for My Temporary Order Hearing?

Posted on : October 28, 2019
In divorces involving child custody, spousal support, and other critical family legal matters, a temporary hearing may be scheduled. Usually, these are soon after the divorce is filed, leaving many families feeling unprepared. Here’s what to do to get ready for your temporary order hearing.  What Is a Temporary Order Hearing?  A divorce settlement often…

Will Temporary Child Custody Orders Become Permanent?

Posted on : August 18, 2019
When a married couple who shares a child files for divorce, who the child will live with must be determined. However, Florida courts don’t take this decision lightly and spend time going over the various factors that go into making a custody determination. This often takes months or more; in the meantime, the child must…

What Role Does Relocation Play in Florida Child Custody Cases?

Posted on : February 7, 2019
Florida outlines relocation as meeting a specific definition. One parent who has gotten divorced and is attempting to move on with their life might be interested in relocating and living in another place. There are many reasons why relocation is beneficial or of interest to one or both parents. Florida law outlines that relocation involves…

Can My Medical Records Be Used Against Me at Trial?

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…

Do You Need Help Enforcing Child Custody Orders?

Posted on : June 21, 2016
Florida Child Custody Enforcement Lawyer
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…

Holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Time-sharing

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…

Russian Adoptions

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…

Update on Florida Alimony Reform

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…

Florida Alimony Reform and Rotating Custody

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…

Understanding Florida Tax Credits & Exemptions

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…

Children testifying in custody cases

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…