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Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & RESTRAINING ORDERS Florida Statute Section 741.28 defines domestic violence as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. The individual seeking…

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Paternity & Father’s Rights

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PATERNITY & FATHER’S RIGHTS A paternity action is filed by either of the parents of a child. In addition to making a judicial determination as to the legal and biological father of the child, the Court will also address the issues of parental responsibility, timesharing, child support, and attorneys’ fees and costs.

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Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

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PRENUPTIAL & POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract prepared, negotiated and executed by all parties prior to their marriage. A prenuptial agreement must be in writing and executed only after the parties have exchanged full and frank financial disclosure. The purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to define each parties’ rights and…

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Child Custody & Support

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CHILD CUSTODY & SUPPORT In October 2008, the Florida legislature made significant changes in the way it viewed custody and visitation. The term visitation, primary residential parent, secondary residential parent and rotating custody were no longer used and abolished. Florida now uses the term timesharing and each parents’ timesharing is detailed in a comprehensive “parenting…

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Distribution of Property & Assets

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DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTY & ASSETS Within a divorce action, the Court is to distribute the parties’ marital assets and liabilities. Florida Statute Section 61.075 governs equitable distribution. The statute provides that the Court must begin with the premise that the distribution should be equal, unless there is a justification for an unequal distribution. There are…

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Alimony & Spousal Support

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ALIMONY & SPOUSAL SUPPORT Alimony is a monetary award paid from one spouse to the other spouse during the divorce action and/or after the entry of a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. Alimony, as provided for in Florida Statute Section 61.08, is awarded when the party seeking alimony establishes that he/she has an actual…

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Dissolution of Marriage & Divorce

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Dissolution of Marriage and Divorce In Florida, either the Husband or Wife can file a divorce action. A party is eligible to file for divorce in the State of Florida so long as one of the parties has been a resident of the State of Florida for at least 6 months immediately preceding the filing…

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