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Recently Proposed Bill Would Create “Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage”

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In an effort to reduce the divorce rate in the state, one lawmaker recently proposed a new bill that would require the clerk of the circuit court to provide a special marital guide titled, the “Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage” to marriage license applicants. Although it is unclear whether this bill will become… Read More »

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New Parenting Plan Law Goes Into Effect

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Last summer, Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 590 into law. This bill, which went into effect on January 1st, allows the Department of Revenue to provide parents with a proposed Standard Parenting Time Plan during divorce proceedings. To find out whether the Standard Parenting Time Plan is the best fit for your family,… Read More »

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Dividing Debts During Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

After deciding to get a divorce, a couple must go through the process of dividing their marital property. While most people associate this with dividing assets, such as real estate and funds held in a savings account, many are unaware that under Florida law, which requires couples to divide their property equitably upon divorce,… Read More »

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Parental Alienation

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While many families are able to weather divorce proceedings without causing any irreparable damage to the relationship between parent and child, this is not always the case. In fact, some parents go out of their way to harm the relationship between their child and his or her other parent. When tactics reach a certain… Read More »

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Child Custody-Related Emergencies

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

It is not uncommon for divorced parents to butt heads over child custody-related issues. Whether it involves wanting to change a parenting time schedule or having differing opinions on child rearing methods, these disputes can take a serious emotional toll on the parties involved, as well as their children. Having a court-approved parenting plan… Read More »

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What Should I do if My Child Support Payments are Going to the Wrong Person?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although not common, child support payments do get sent to the wrong person’s account. This can raise a host of difficulties for the parent who made the payment, as well as the recipient, so if you received notice that you are delinquent in paying child support, but you know that you made the payment… Read More »

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International Relocation with a Child

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

It is not uncommon for one or both of the parties to a divorce to need to relocate after their divorce decree has been issued. Whether the move is necessitated by a change in employment, personal reasons, or remarriage, parents are restricted from taking their children with them when they move without the approval… Read More »

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Are There any Valid Reasons for Failing to Pay Child Support?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Dividing assets, determining whether a party should pay alimony, and deciding who gets the family home can make the divorce process both complicated and emotional. Unfortunately, these issues are only compounded when a couple is unable to come to an agreement about child custody, or when one party refuses or is unable to pay… Read More »

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Sealing Your Divorce Records

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

For many couples, one of the worst parts of going through a divorce is knowing that the records can and will be made public. This is because all legal paperwork related to divorces in Florida is automatically made a matter of public record, which means that anyone can go to the local courthouse and… Read More »

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Relocating with Children after a Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Family law judges are encouraged to give divorcing parents equal access to and responsibility for their children. While this is often in the best interests of the children in question, it can raise a host of difficulties when it comes to relocating, so if you are considering moving or your ex-spouse has stated his… Read More »

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