Blog Posts in 2010

Is It Illegal to Snoop in Your Spouse's E-mail?

Is it illegal to snoop on your spouse's e-mail? That will be the question before the court in the case of Mr. Leon Walker. He "hacked" into his wife's e-mail (she kept the password ...
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More Children Being Raised By Grandparents

I have noticed in my Ocala family law practice that more and more Grandparents are raising their grandchildren, either by an informal agreement or by seeking a court order for Custody by Extended ...
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Collaborative Divorce: A Kinder, Gentler Alternative

Is there a way to have a kinder, gentler divorce without much hostility and fighting? Yes! There is a movement now across the US to help couples and their children divorce without the battles ...
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New Changes to Alimony Statute in Florida Divorce

There have been recent changes to Florida Statute §61.08, significantly affecting Florida alimony laws. This bill was signed into law over the summer and will not apply to all pending divorces. ...
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Important Changes to Florida Child Support Statute

With the signing of Florida House bill 907, Florida Family Law statutes have had quite a few changes. The Child Support Statue update now mandates that effective January 1, 2011, any and all child ...
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Florida Alimony and Child Support to Change: House Bill 907 Becomes Law

Divorce in Florida, especially alimony and child support have been changed when House Bill 907 was signed into law yesterday. This bill was merely waiting for the signature of the Governor, as it had ...
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The Difference Between Shared Parental Responsibility and Joint Custody

I frequently have conversations with prospective clients that go something like this: Me : What kind of parenting time do you have? Prospective client : We have shared custody? Me : You have equal ...
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So You Just Found Out Your Name Is Not On The Deed

The parties in this case have been living together since 1994. They were married in 2004. Immediately before they started living together in 1993, the Husband (then boyfriend) bought a home. The Wife ...
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Florida Domestic Violence Injunctions: What is imminent fear?

There are times when Domestic Violence Injunctions are truly necessary. Then there are times when an Injunction is being used as a "sword" and not a "shield." The court must find, ...
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Marital Credit Card Debt - What If It's Not In My Name?

As a divorce attorney, I suppose this is probably the third most common question I get from clients or prospective clients (right behind "how much will this divorce cost" and "how long ...
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What is the Cost to the Children: Florida Divorce Impact to the Children

I have blogged here recently on a shift of the court to a more equal time-sharing structure between the divorcing parents. I wanted to tie this in with a blog post on parents behavior during the ...
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Traveling Out of the Country with Children: the Passport Issue

I am frequently asked by a very concerned parent, "I am afraid that my child's other parent is going to take the children to ____________ (any country out of the US) and not bring them back. ...
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Is There a Way to Keep My Divorce Less Expensive and Out of Court?

I often hear tales of horror and woe from a prospective client who has talked to a friend that heard that a friend of theirs about someone going through a divorce that got cheated out of everything, ...
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If I Move Out of the House, Do I Abandon the Property?

I heard this question today, and I told my prospective client that I get this question so often I should probably put something on my blog about it. There are many myths regarding this area of divorce ...
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Divorce, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and the New Year

The last 18 months have seen many changes in families and their finances, and resulting in an increased number of divorces. The large number of people in bankruptcies and foreclosure proceedings are ...
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