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What are Ex Parte Domestic Violence Injunctions?

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In Florida, those who have been, or believe that they are in danger of becoming the victim of domestic violence, have the right to file a request for an injunction. These requests often take the form of an ex parte petition, which means that the petitioner doesn’t immediately need to attend a hearing. Instead,… Read More »

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You May Owe Reduced Child Support

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While many people think of timesharing and child support as two separate issues, the reality is that these matters are very interconnected. For instance, how much child support a parent owes is largely dictated by how much time he or she spends with that child. Although timesharing agreements are taken into account when child… Read More »

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Posting Bail in Domestic Violence Cases

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In Florida, domestic violence cases have their own set of rules that don’t necessarily align with standard pre-trial release practices. For instance, someone who is accused of and arrested for domestic violence in Florida won’t be allowed to post bail immediately, but will need to wait for the conclusion of an initial investigation and… Read More »

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The Difference Between Judges, Magistrates, and Hearing Officers in Family Law Courts

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Although many people think that all divorces are overseen by judges, the reality is that there are actually a number of different decision makers who could be involved in a person’s divorce proceedings. Knowing what to expect when it comes to who will oversee a divorce can help reduce the stress that couples experience… Read More »

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Your 5 Options for Establishing Paternity

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Parentage can be complicated for fathers, who often face more uncertainty when it comes to establishing whether they are the biological parent of a child. Because the personal and legal ramifications of being a parent are so important, Florida law provides fathers with a number of different options for establishing paternity of a child…. Read More »

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How Long Will My Divorce Take?

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Just as no two couples are alike, no two divorces will be exactly the same, so it’s difficult to estimate how long it will take to resolve and finalize a specific divorce. If, for instance, two spouses have a contentious relationship and are unable to agree on certain important issues, like alimony and child… Read More »

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How Domestic Violence Could Impact Your Divorce

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Divorces arise for a variety of reasons, but when allegations of domestic violence are involved, things can become even more complicated. While it is true that Florida law no longer requires spouses to prove fault in order to obtain a divorce, providing evidence of domestic violence can have an impact on how certain issues… Read More »

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Who is Responsible for Household Bills During Divorce?

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Many of those who file for divorce feel inundated by what can seem like a never-ending list of tasks, including everything from talking to the kids about the divorce to finding a new place to live. These worries, on top of the emotional aspects that so often accompany divorce proceedings, can make ending a… Read More »

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Addressing Pet Custody in Domestic Violence Injunctions

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When they assess domestic violence injunction petitions, courts have discretion to address a wide range of issues, including everything from how a couple will share custody of their children to who will retain possession of the family’s home, at least for the immediate future. After the passage of a new law earlier this year,… Read More »

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When is Supervised Time-Sharing Appropriate?

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Although Florida courts generally prefer that couples share parenting time in child custody cases, they are ultimately guided by what would be in a specific child’s best interests. In some situations, primarily when there is a history of abuse or neglect in a family, this could take the form of a judge awarding supervised… Read More »

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