Divorce

Divorce is the formal legal dissolution of a marriage. The divorce process implicates many diverse areas of the law including, but not limited to, real estate, wills and trusts, child custody, and tax.
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Family Law Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - Divorce and Your Business, Part I: Plan B - Family Law Attorney and Counsellor at Law - Excerpt from Family Law Attorney and Counsellor at Law: In a recent custody proceeding, my co-counsel...more

When Can I Modify My Estate Documents During a Divorce?

Often clients ask when estate documents can be modified during a divorce. You should consider changing everything immediately. There are essential documents that everyone needs in his/her estate plan to be prepared to...more

STUDY: Divorce Custody Arrangement that Benefits Kids Most

One of the most highly debated and emotionally charged issues in parenting involve custody and timesharing arrangements. As if the end of a relationship (through separation, divorce or paternity) isn’t stressful enough, not...more

Florida Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages, At Least When the Time Comes for Divorce

A same-sex couple were married in Massachusetts in October 2012. They later moved to Florida, and one of the spouses filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in Florida, even though Florida does not recognize same-sex...more

What Legal Rights Exist if a Parent Abducts a Child?

When issues arise between parents, there may be times when tempers flare and things are said or done that probably should not be said or done. Unfortunately, during such disputes, one party might decide to retaliate against...more

Bankruptcy Beat: A Post-Divorce Judgment Stipulation That Modifies Obligations to a Former Spouse Does Not Likewise Modify The...

On March 3, 2015, the Honorable Albert S. Dabrowski issued a decision in Swiatowiec v. Swiatowiec (In re Swiatowiec), Adv. Pro. No. 11-2074, concerning the issue of whether obligations to a former spouse incurred in the...more

Appellate Court Notes

- AC36342 - Budrawich v. Budrawich Post-dissolution motion to modify child support denial was upheld by the Appellate Court due to lack of substantial change in circumstances, when ex-husband’s increased income was not...more

Parenting Time in Arizona - What Does it Mean? [Video]

These are some points the judges consider when decided Parenting Time. • Courts prefer 50/50 • Model parenting plan often not used • Factors: > Relationship of the child and parents > Children and...more

Paltrow Isn’t Divorcing, She’s “Conscious Uncoupling”

Hi there, My clever coworker, Abigail Munafo, pointed out to me today that I have a category entitled “Celebrity Trash,” and I haven’t posted to it in a while. So, it was extremely timely to read that Gwyneth Paltrow...more

High Risk Investment Strategies Could Bring an End to Spousal Support

The receipt of spousal support and a share of the community property in a divorce does not relieve the spouse who is being financially supported from being accountable for his or her financial future. Just when one thinks...more

Divorce Papers Served by Facebook: Cold or Practical?

Calling social media “the next frontier in the developing law of the service of process over the internet,” a New York judge has allowed service of divorce papers via Facebook private messaging. This is either a cold invasion...more

New York court permits plaintiff to serve divorce summons through Facebook message

The Manhattan Supreme Court recently permitted the plaintiff in divorce proceedings to serve the divorce summons to her husband through a private Facebook message. Justice Matthew Cooper acknowledged that the plaintiff’s...more

Divorce Papers Served Via Facebook

Hi there, The internet is abuzz with news that a woman successfully served her soon-to-be-ex husband divorce papers via Facebook. “Service of process,” also known as “serving divorce papers,” is one of those...more

Estate Planning & Remarriage: Five Questions You Need to Ask

It is becoming more and more common for individuals to remarry during their lifetime, either because of the death of their spouse or a divorce. However, even though an increasing number of blended families exist in the United...more

Changing the Terms of a New Jersey Divorce

Circumstances can change as time passes. At the time of your divorce, the agreements made seemed appropriate and amicable. But what happens when things change? ...more

Start your new life!

A friend recently sent me a quote. I love it because it’s so hopeful. February and March are historically a very busy time for new divorce filings. In general, divorce attorneys see a lot of new clients in the first quarter...more

Selling the Business to Divide the Assets, Part 1

This is the latest in my series discussing a recurring question: When a closely-held business is a valuable marital asset, how can its value be turned into cash? I’ve previously touched on two alternatives by which the spouse...more

Kid on the Hot Seat: Child Witnesses in Divorce

Recently, I have been part of more discussions than usual about the propriety of having a minor child testify as a witness in a custody dispute or divorce matter. ...more

Spring Break and Shared Parenting

It’s a beautiful day in Central Florida and spring break is in full swing! The sun is out, the flowers are blooming and the beach is calling your name! Typically, parents alternate the week of spring break from year to...more

Child Custody and Visitation: The Grounds For Emergency Relief

In a family law proceeding, one of the most sensitive and emotionally charged areas –for both the family law attorney and the client- typically concerns issues surrounding custody and visitation of the children....more

Frequently Asked Questions: Attorneys’ Fees and Costs in Divorce Cases

I don’t want the divorce; why should I have to pay for it? We all have expenses for things that we do not anticipate. We do not intend to get sick or hurt; however, if we need medical attention, we are required to pay...more

Failure to Object to Court Procedure Waives Issue on Appeal

In the area of family law, there are many different types of proceedings that occur. However, when one of the proceedings is a record hearing, if an objection is not made to a particular issue, it is waived on appeal....more

Tax Filing During a Divorce: Separate or Joint Returns?

Couples going through a divorce should remember this regarding taxes: You can still file a joint return, so long as you were still married as of December 31st....more

Why is my Divorce lawyer friendly with the opposing lawyer?

You may be surprised that most divorce lawyers in Phoenix get along rather well. Many times clients have a difficult time understanding that two lawyers, with diametrically opposed positions and clients, can have a good...more

2015 Alimony Reform Bill

Significant attempts have been made in recent years to overhaul Florida’s alimony law. While such attempts have nearly been successful, they have ultimately failed. Specifically, in May 2013, Governor Rick Scott vetoed the...more

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