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Blog Posts in 2014

  • Your case has recently been referred to Family Court Services. What does that mean?

    The Family Court Services Unit (FCS) was developed to assist judges and general magistrates with some of the Court’s most difficult family cases, reducing case delays while tending to the unique needs ...

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  • I Just Lost My Job. What Should I File with the Court to Avoid Child Support Enforcement?

    You can file anything you want with the court; however, even if you did file something notifying the court and State of Florida Department of Revenue (the agency that runs the child support office) ...

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  • Why Do I Have to Comply with Discovery, I Wasn’t even married to the Mother of My Child?

    The legislature of the State of Florida sets forth rules for discovery, and those rules are loosely called 12.285. 12.285 sets forth all the parameters for discovery in Family Law Cases. ...

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  • Child Support and Your SSI and Social Security Benefits

    If you have applied for, are receiving or have recently been approved to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and have a Florida child ...

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  • Prohibition Against Treating Psychologists Performing Forensic Evaluations of Minors for the Purpose of Addressing Custody, Residence or Visitation.

    It is a conflict of interest for a psychologist who has treated a minor or any of the adults involved in a custody or visitation action to perform a forensic evaluation for the purpose of recommending ...

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  • I Have a UCD Hearing, What Happens There and What Do I Bring?

    You will need to bring the following items with you to the final hearing: Your Florida Identification, which is likely a Driver’s License, and Fifteen dollars exact change would be best) for the ...

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  • I Got Something Called Interrogatories. What Are They and What do I do?

    Our opposition has prepared and served Standard Family Law Interrogatories. These questions must be answered by you and sworn to in front of a notary. Most questions will likely be answered “Not ...

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  • I am Not a Citizen, and I am Only in the US Through My Spouse’s Visa. Can I Still Get Divorced?

    If the Petitioning spouse intends to remain in Florida for an indefinite period of time, then the divorce can go forward. In Perez v. Perez, the Court found that such present intention by the ...

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  • Care and Feeding of Your New Divorce Lawyer

    You’ve got yourself a family law lawyer. Congrats! Here’s how to keep him or her doing their best for you. 1. Help your lawyer meet the deadlines imposed by law. When your lawyer asks for contacts, ...

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  • What does Shared Parental Responsibility mean? Does that mean I have joint custody?

    In a divorce, there are many issues that are difficult to resolve. But in Florida, one issue that is usually disposed of immediately is “Shared Parental Responsibility.” Some states use the term ...

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  • How to Talk to A Judge or Hearing Officer in Family Court

    Most attorneys and judges will tell you that representing yourself in family court is a bad idea. But if you find yourself in that unfortunate position, here are a few tips for talking to the judge or ...

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