The Byrd Law Firm, P.A.

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Sarasota, FL 34237, United States

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Divorce Also Means Dividing Debt

When international media magnate Rupert Murdoch divorced wife number two, the media reported, some maintain inaccurately, that the Fox man’s ex received a $1.7 billion divorce settlement. While Murdoch may be in a league all his…more
| Family Law

Technology Traps In Modern Divorce

In the past, contentious divorces often required the services of skilled investigators and even private detectives to gather critical evidence regarding a divorce’s less savory circumstances. To a large extent, the Internet and…more
| Family Law

Common Law Marriage, Domestic Partners And Cohabitation

With divorce rates continuing to climb, people in committed long-term relationships may shy away from conventional legal marriages for any number of reasons. While people may feel this is their right, the legal status of…more
| Family Law

Second Divorces Common, Yet Difficult

With more than 50 percent of all marriages in the United States ending in divorce, one might naturally wonder why there are still so many married people around. More of the population would in fact be single if not for the fact…more
| Family Law

Search And Declare: Seeking Hidden Assets In Divorce

The financial principle of all divorces in Florida is equitable distribution of marital assets. People facing divorce frequently dwell on the first word of this phrase, “equitable,” with their legal counsel thrashing out what is…more
| Family Law

Divorce In The Golden Years

Paul Hogan is best remembered for his roles as a lovable wildlife wrangler in the Crocodile Dundee film franchise of the 1980s. At 74 years old, Hogan’s days of ‘gator grappling are largely over…more
| Family Law

What Qualifies As Income For Purposes Of Child Support?

Computing child support payments can be complicated because it involves a number of different variables. Courts take into account factors such as monthly income, childcare costs and children’s healthcare needs…more
| Family Law

Child Safety May Be Tipping Point In Custody Actions

It should come as no surprise that when courts consider the amount of time a child spends with each parent, domestic violence weighs heavily in the balance. With 20 percent of all homicides in the state resulting from domestic…more
| Family Law

Latest Thefts Illustrate New Wrinkle In Florida Elder Abuse

The suspicions of a Vicksburg-area nursing home administrator were recently piqued when she noticed a debit for an expensive pair of jeans on one of the resident’s trust accounts. Beyond the fact that it did not seem like a…more
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New Evaluations Raise Questions About DUI Test Accuracy

The Intoxilyzer 8000’s moniker makes it sound like a futuristic robot from a big-budget science fiction thriller. In reality, the machine is a small, mobile infrared spectrometry breath-testing device used to determine if…more
| Criminal Law

False Arrests Raise Serious Questions About DUI Protocol

A Tampa attorney who was recently the subject of a dubious plot to discredit his efforts in a high-profile defamation case may be scratching his head and wondering how premeditated harassment falls into any law enforcement…more
| Criminal Law

Can Medical Conditions Affect DUI Test Results?

When Port Richey police arrived to a post-midnight call related to a man asleep behind the wheel of a red SUV, they discovered that the drowsy driver was none other than the city manager. What happened next has been the subject…more
| Criminal Law

Mourning Handles DUI Stop With Aplomb

When drivers are stopped by law enforcement based on suspicion of driving under the influence, anxiety can shoot through the roof. This can have a disastrous effect on any of the diagnostic measures used to determine whether the…more
| Criminal Law

White Lines Float Away: Coast Guard Catches Caribbean Contraband

A Florida-based Coast Guard crew returned to port with a $23 million contraband haul, which represents the fruits of a five-week Caribbean patrol. Unloading the 1,500 pounds of cocaine it had seized near Puerto Rico, the crew…more
| Criminal Law

Friday Night Lights: No Place For Firearms

Sarasota County Jail had an extra inmate this month when a local man decided to bring a loaded and cocked .45 caliber pistol to a high school football game. Law enforcement officials were alerted to the presence of the man and…more
| Criminal Law
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