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Monthly Archives: November 2018

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Why Your Petition to Disestablish Paternity Could be Denied

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When a child’s legal father who is paying child support learns new information relating to the paternity of the child, it is not uncommon for that individual to begin the process of disestablishing paternity, which starts with the filing of a petition with the court. If the request is granted, the child’s father would… Read More »

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Why You Should Consider Obtaining a Vocational Evaluation During Your Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When it comes to determining whether one spouse will owe alimony to the other upon the dissolution of their marriage, courts take a number of factors into account, including each party’s earning ability, work history, and whether one spouse is primarily responsible for childcare. Obtaining a vocational evaluation can be crucial when deciding how… Read More »

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Terminating Alimony

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, those who are required to pay alimony are allowed to ask the courts for a modification of the payment schedule or amount, but only if they can demonstrate a substantial change in their financial circumstances. However, it is also possible to completely terminate periodic alimony payments. In fact, this occurs automatically when… Read More »

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Voluntary Declarations of Paternity

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

There are a number of ways for a child’s biological father to declare paternity, one of which is to complete a voluntary declaration. Completing a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity is an option often chosen by fathers who are unmarried to the mother of their child, as it provides the legal benefits and rights of… Read More »

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Is Lump Sum Alimony Considered Extra Income for Tax Purposes?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In prior years, all alimony payments in Florida were subject to taxes and deductions, as they were treated as extra income by the recipient. However, as a result of the passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was enacted late last year and goes into effect this coming January, spousal support payments… Read More »

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When to Obtain a Temporary Order in a Divorce Case

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Not all orders issued by a court during divorce proceedings are permanent. In fact, it is a relatively common practice for courts to issue temporary awards prior to finalizing the dissolution of a marriage to provide monetary support to one of the spouses, a parenting time schedule if a couple has children, or a… Read More »

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Right of First Refusal

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Our day to day lives rarely go according to plan. For this reason, Florida family law courts created something known as the right of first refusal, which applies when one parent is unable to care for a child during a scheduled visit. In these cases, the parent with the conflict must first ask the… Read More »

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How Does Disability Alter Child Support Payments?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

If a parent suffers an injury or illness after his or her divorce has already been finalized, then his or her established child support payments could be subject to amendment. If you have questions about whether your own disability could impact your child support obligations, you should strongly consider contacting an experienced child support… Read More »

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