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Is Legal Separation Available Under Florida Law?

For many reasons, couples in conflict may want to live apart temporarily when they are not prepared to pursue divorce. For example: They might prefer to try to work out their differences while residing apart. They may want to separate...

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What Are Properties Of A Valid Florida Parenting Plan?

Even children living primarily with one parent require the full attention and support of both parents to help them live without undue stress and to develop into responsible, well-adjusted adults. This kind of attention entails the extensive planning required by...

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Can I Pursue Retirement Benefits Earned By My Spouse As Part Of A Florida Divorce Decree?

Subject to certain rules, you most likely qualify for retirement benefits your spouse earned while working during the years of your marriage. However, you do not receive benefits automatically. You need to take specific legal action to make sure your...

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Does Florida Law Remain In Effect If My Spouse Moves Out Of State Before I File For Divorce?

Florida law has a long-arm statute that specifically addresses how to determine when the state courts have jurisdiction over cases involving parties outside of Florida. While you must meet specific requirements — and your spouse can potentially take legal action...

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What Happens When My Older Children Want To Set Schedules Outside The Plan Approved During FL Divorce?

If you look back on your childhood, you remember that children grow and learn by expanding the boundaries of control set forth by their parents. Flexibility helps your children become responsible adults. However, Florida law holds both parents accountable for...

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Can An Adoptive Step-Parent Fight For Custody In A Florida Divorce?

When you have children from a prior marriage and then remarry, you naturally want your current spouse to have a close relationship with the children. Whether your prior spouse is deceased or, in the rare case, the biological parent is...

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Florida Law Helps Fairly Address Post-Divorce Beneficiary Issues

In most marriages, spouses designate each other as beneficiaries when they set up life insurance policies, employee benefit plans and a variety of financial accounts. However, when relationships turn sour, many individuals do not put those beneficiary designations at the...

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What Is The Best Way To Deal With A Business In A Florida Divorce?

No single best way exists to determine how to divide a family business equitably when settling a Florida divorce. Whether the divorcing parties negotiate their settlement issues out of court, or even they need a judge to make decisions for...

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How Can Taxes Affect The Outcome Of A Florida Divorce Settlement?

Every year, many people are fully satisfied with their divorce settlements — until later, when the tax consequences become apparent. Because the value of a seemingly fair divorce settlement can easily become eroded by unexpected taxes, you need to become...

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Spring is in the air, which means… its Pre-Nuptial Season

Simply put, Pre-Nuptials provide Legal and Emotional Protection for First and Second Marriages Love is in the air, and so also is the season for weddings. As a long time practitioner of family law, I find it stunning how many...

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