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When Can a Child Testify in a Florida Divorce Case?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Most Florida courts frown on attempts to involve children in divorce litigation. This includes a general prohibition against requiring a child to testify in a deposition or on the stand. It is possible, however, for a child to testify in court in certain situations, but only if specific requirements are met. To learn more… Read More »

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What Can I do to Reduce the Cost of Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Ending a marriage is a complicated process that requires couples to contend with a wide range of complex issues. Unfortunately, resolving these issues can be both time-consuming and expensive, which often adds to the stresses of divorce. There are, however, a few steps that couples can take to reduce the cost of marital separation,… Read More »

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Why You Should Consider Including Natural Disaster-Related Custody Provisions in Your Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

As Florida makes its way firmly into hurricane season, residents across the state are reassessing their emergency plans, stocking up on supplies, and boarding up their homes. Parents who share custody of their children, in addition to taking these steps, may also want to reassess their parenting plans and visitation arrangements to ensure that… Read More »

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Establishing Paternity to Obtain Child Support

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Parents who were never married are often required to go through the process of establishing paternity before a court will award child support. This can be a difficult process, so if you are seeking child support from your child’s other parent and have not yet established his paternity, you should consider retaining an experienced… Read More »

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Will Keeping a Separate Bank Account Protect My Assets?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many couples who get married decide to retain separate bank accounts, even if they do open a joint account to pay for living expenses, such as rent and utility costs. While this may seem like it would simplify the property division process upon divorce, the reality is that this is not always the case,… Read More »

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When is a Lump-Sum Alimony Payment in My Best Interests?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, judges are permitted to require one spouse to pay alimony to the other once a couple’s divorce is finalized. Although in some cases, judges are willing to award alimony on a permanent basis, it is much more common for one spouse to receive a temporary award. These types of alimony awards… Read More »

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Who Retains Interspousal Gifts After Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means that divorcing couples must divide all of their marital property in an equitable, or fair manner before their divorce can be finalized. In some cases, determining what qualifies as marital property is a simple process. However, this is not always true, so if you and your… Read More »

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Don’t Forget to Include These Important Details in Your Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, all divorcing couples who share minor children are required to create a parenting plan detailing how parenting time and decision making responsibility will be divided between the parties upon dissolution of their marriage. In fact, a divorce will only be finalized when these plans are approved by the courts, so if… Read More »

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Do I Need a Forensic Accountant on My Divorce Team?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Financial issues are some of the most contentious that a couple will face during divorce. Fortunately, there is no need to grapple with these types of complicated matters on your own. In fact, most couples are specifically encouraged to avoid going this route, but to instead create a divorce team that is equipped to… Read More »

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Collecting Overdue Child Support in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, parenthood comes with certain legal rights and obligations. For instance, barring allegations of abuse or criminal activity, a parent has the right to visitation with his or her child. However, parenthood also comes with the obligation to financially support a child at least until he or she reaches the age of majority…. Read More »

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