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Florida’s Divorce-Related Residency Requirements

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, it is generally much easier to get married than it is to obtain a divorce. There are, for instance, very specific rules about where a couple lives that dictate whether they can obtain a divorce. Getting married, on the other hand, has no such requirements, so non-residents only need to pick up… Read More »

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Interspousal Gifts

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When a couple is unable to come to an agreement about the division of certain assets, family courts will step in and divide the parties’ marital property equitably. Equitably, however, does not always mean that the assets will be divided equally, as courts take a number of different factors into consideration before making a… Read More »

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The Different Types of Paternity Tests

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, paternity can only be established in certain ways. For instance, if a mother was married at the time of a child’s birth, then her husband will be presumed to be the father. Otherwise, both parents must sign an acknowledgement of paternity at the hospital. Fortunately, even if a father was not married… Read More »

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Embryos and Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Going through a divorce with children of any age can be emotional and complicated, regardless of whether the separation was amicable or contentious. Fortunately, there are state laws in place that help ensure that couples come up with a custody arrangement or visitation schedule that is in the best interests of the children. The… Read More »

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Marital Property vs Separate Property

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In some situations, property division is the most difficult part of a divorce, especially for couples who do not have a valid prenuptial agreement in place or who are unable to come to an out-of-court settlement. In these cases, it is often necessary for a court to step in and divide the property in… Read More »

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Virtual Visitation in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

As technology becomes ever more advanced, the ways in which we are able to communicate with each other constantly change. In Florida, child custody laws have begun to reflect these changes. For instance, Florida is one of the few states to pass legislation that allows family law courts to order virtual visitation, in which… Read More »

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The Importance of Proper Asset Valuation

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the easiest ways to divide marital property during a divorce is to come to an out-of-court agreement. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, in which case, a court will be required to step in and divide the property fairly, or equitably between the parties. However, this does not necessarily mean that assets… Read More »

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What Makes a Prenuptial Agreement Invalid?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In an effort to avoid future litigation or contention about the division of assets, more and more couples are choosing to enter into prenuptial agreements before their weddings. These agreements can be a good way of ensuring that both parties’ assets are protected and can save them a substantial amount of time and money… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Adopts New Family Law Rules

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Earlier this year, the Family Law Rules Committee filed a report with the Florida Supreme Court, recommending that it create a stand-alone set of rules to govern family law proceedings. These changes will have a significant impact on how cases proceed, so if you are involved in a divorce, adoption, or other family law-related… Read More »

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Collaborative Divorce Law Goes Into Effect in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Last month, The Collaborative Law Process Act (CLPA), went into effect in Florida after the Supreme Court officially adopted the Florida Bar’s Rules and Professional Responsibilities on the Collaborative Process. The new law creates an alternative to litigation in family law matters that focuses on resolving differences through voluntary settlement and mediation rather than… Read More »

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