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Divorcing with Assets & Debts: Making a Full Disclosure

Posted on : September 7, 2017
Tampa Divorce Lawyer Asset Disclosure
Most people have at least some assets and debts when they begin the process of getting a divorce, even if they aren’t substantial. No matter how many — or how few — assets you have, you must provide full disclosure of your holdings. If you don’t, you could face some pretty staunch consequences since the…

What to Say to Family & Friends About Your Divorce

Posted on : August 13, 2017
Many people who realize they’re divorcing from their spouse wonder how exactly they’ll tell family and friends. What should you say? Are there certain ways you should say it? Discussing the subject doesn’t have to be frightening or worrisome when you use these tips to help make breaking the ice a little easier. Talking to…

Separation and Divorce — Does One Lead to the Other?

Posted on : June 26, 2017
Tampa Divorce Lawyer
Often, married couples will explore the option of a legal separation instead of a divorce or prior to a divorce, almost like a “trial period” to see what being apart will be like. However, it’s normal to wonder if separation inevitably leads to divorce. On the other hand, you wonder if you’ll come back from…

Why Money Might Be to Blame for Your Divorce

Posted on : May 12, 2017
Tampa Divorce Lawyer
After a divorce, it’s natural to analyze every detail to find the key — the thing that made it all unravel. It’s human nature to want to know why a relationship failed, especially marriage. Even if you don’t think so, money may have played a significant role in the dissolution of your marriage. Here’s how money problems…

The Truth About Uncontested Divorce

Posted on : March 18, 2017
Tampa Uncontested Divorce Lawyer
There are many misconceptions about uncontested divorce, what it is, and what to expect. Here are several truths about this type of divorce. Understand why you need strong legal advocacy even when you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse are in agreement about matters relating to the dissolution of your marriage. Uncontested Divorce Is Still Challenging A contested…

Is My Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Settlement Marital Property?

Posted on : November 26, 2016
If a party receives a personal injury settlement or a wrongful claim settlement after the filing of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the settlement funds are generally not considered marital assets and are considered non-marital assets to the Party receiving the funds. However, if a portion of the funds were awarded due to past…

The 5 Steps of Divorce Mediation

Posted on : November 20, 2016
Most mediations go through five different stages. Although they’re not always in the same sequence and a few may be repeated at various points, each stage is generally visited at least once during mediation. While each mediation is unique, below are the basic steps. Introductory Stage The mediator begins with the introductory phase to determine…

Should I Litigate My Divorce?

Posted on : November 5, 2016
Florida Divorce Litigation Attorney
When you’re getting a divorce in Florida, you have a couple of choices to finish the procedure. Arbitration, mediation, and litigation can all be a means to end your marriage. Understanding which one is appropriate for you can be challenging. In some situations, litigation is the most suitable, although it could very well be the most…

How the SCRA Affects a Military Divorce

Posted on : August 24, 2016
While members of the military, be it the Army, Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, the National Guard, the Marines, or the Air Force, are subject to the same laws as civilians when it comes to family law, there are some special provisions for servicemembers. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides relief for individuals in the…

What to Do When Mediation Just Isn’t Working

Posted on : May 18, 2016
Mediation can be an excellent way for couples to reach a compromise about various issues in their divorce, including property division and child custody. However, mediation doesn’t necessarily solve every problem. For some families, mediation just doesn’t work. Here are signs that mediation might not be progressing for you and what you can do next.…

4 Must-Ask Questions for Your Divorce Attorney

Posted on : April 10, 2016
Tampa Divorce Attorney
Getting a divorce is undoubtedly challenging, and selecting the right divorce attorney for you can seem to be too. Here are 4 questions that you absolutely want to ask a lawyer before deciding whether or not you want them to represent you in your case. 1. What Attorney or Attorneys Will Be Working on My Case?…

Florida Property Distribution Terms Defined

Posted on : March 17, 2016
Florida Divorce Lawyer
When you go through a divorce, one of the primary issues you’ll have to decide upon is property division. Understanding how Florida looks at property division is key to ensuring that you receive a fair reward and that you have what you need to begin a new chapter of your life. Here’s what you need to…

How to Mitigate the Costs of a Divorce

Posted on : January 21, 2016
There’s no doubt about it — divorce can be expensive. However, there are some ways that you can mitigate these costs and keep your divorce as economical as possible. Here’s how. 1. Consider Mediation The cost of going to court is astronomical for many couples. Even if you and your spouse don’t agree on some…

How to Co-Parent Effectively After a Divorce

Posted on : November 17, 2015
Florida Divorce Lawyer
Learning how to effectively co-parent your children after divorcing your spouse can seem difficult, if not impossible. This is particularly true if your marriage ended on less-than-positive terms. However, co-parenting well is in the best interest of your children, and will help them to grow up feeling loved and nurtured by both parents. Here are…

How much will a Tampa divorce attorney cost?

Posted on : May 2, 2014
I’m always faced with this question with each perspective client I meet with–how much do I charge for handling a divorce or other family law case in the Tampa Bay area?  For divorce cases, my initial retainer is approximately $3,000-$5,000, which does not include the filing fees. Upon scheduling a consultation and getting into the…

Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Personal Injury Claims

Posted on : April 5, 2014
Although this may seem unfair to individuals injured on the job, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the portion of a workers’ compensation benefits award representing past lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and medical expenses is a marital asset subject to equitable distribution (also known as property division) to be split between both the…

Child support and social security benefits

Posted on : December 22, 2013
I’m often asked how social security benefits affect child support. Social Security benefits received by a parent for a child’s disability should be included in the parent’s income for the calculation of child support. More importantly and harder to explain, social security benefits “flow with the child,” meaning regardless of which parent is disabled, the…

Uncontested Divorce Cases

Posted on : April 28, 2013
Potential clients frequently ask me what constitutes an “uncontested” divorce case with my firm.  My firm handles uncontested divorce cases for a flat fee.  My firm interprets uncontested divorce cases as a case in which the parties have resolved all issues, including custody (now known as “time-sharing”), child support (which is calculated based on guidelines), equitable…

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…

How do I get my name off the mortgage?

Posted on : September 14, 2011
This is an extremely complicated question these days.  Most people, even wealthy people, are “upsidedown” on their mortgage–meaning that because the housing  market crashed, they owe more on their house than what it’s worth.  However, during a divorce it’s not infrequent for one of the parties to want to keep the house for a variety…