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What are the Benefits of Avoiding Divorce Litigation?

By Gale H. Moore |

The United States Census Bureau estimates that 780,000 American couples got divorced in 2018 alone. The vast majority of those marital separations were finalized outside of the courtroom. In fact, only a small percentage of U.S. divorces go to trial. You may be wondering: Why do people want to avoid divorce litigation? The answer… Read More »

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Florida Divorce and Estate Planning: What You Need to Know

By Gale H. Moore |

Your life is deeply intertwined with the life of your spouse. One of the main reasons why divorce is so challenging is that there is simply a lot that needs to be untangled. Not only is this true on an emotional level, but it is also true on a more mundane, practical level. For… Read More »

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Florida Child Support Laws: Health Insurance and Medical Expenses

By Gale H. Moore |

It costs a lot of money to raise a child. Health insurance coverage and medical expenses often make up a significant portion of a parent’s overall child-related costs. Both custodial and non-custodial parents have a duty to contribute to these costs. Child support obligations may include additional compensation for health/medical costs. As explained by… Read More »

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Four Tips to Help You Minimize Conflict During Divorce

By Gale H. Moore |

Divorce is a normal part of life. The American Psychological Association reports that 19 percent of marriages end in the first five years and 48 percent of marriages end in the first 20 years. Still, as common as it is, ending a marriage is never easy—and in the worst cases, a divorce could turn… Read More »

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Florida Divorce: The Importance of an Accurate Business Valuation

By Gale H. Moore |

Are you a business owner going through a divorce in Florida? If so, you need to take proactive steps to protect both your personal and professional interests. Business owners face some unique challenges in divorce. The last thing you want is for your marital separation to cause problems for your business. Depending on the… Read More »

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What Should I Bring to a Divorce Consultation?

By Gale H. Moore |

Divorce is stressful and complicated. If you are considering separation, it is entirely normal to feel intimidated and overwhelmed by the gravity of the process. The good news is that you are not alone. Professional guidance and support is available. Generally, it is best to set up an initial consultation to discuss your case… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Step Parent Rights in Florida

By Gale H. Moore |

Blended families are the norm in the United States. Based on comprehensive research, The Step Family Foundation observes that half nearly half of all U.S. families are either re-married or re-coupled. With approximately 60 million children living with a step parent, this raises an important question: What rights do step parents have? In Florida,… Read More »

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An Overview of Florida’s Protective Order Laws

By Gale H. Moore |

A protective order is a type of restraining order. Under Florida law (Florida Statutes § 741.30), victims of domestic abuse have the legal right to obtain a restraining order against the perpetrator. That being said, navigating Florida’s domestic violence protection laws can be challenging and confusing. Here, our Clearwater domestic violence lawyers provide a… Read More »

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Divorce in Florida: Do You Have to Give the Ring Back?

By Gale H. Moore |

Engagement rings and wedding rings are notoriously expensive. According to the most recent industry data, Americans now spend an average of $6,000 on rings. Of course, many people spend far more than that—in fact, an engagement ring may be one of the more valuable assets a couple owns. This raises an important question: Do… Read More »

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Do Children Ever Testify in Child Custody Proceedings in Florida?

By Gale H. Moore |

In Florida, courts are highly sensitive to the needs and well-being of young children. As a general rule, courts do not want children to testify in child custody cases or in other family law proceedings. However, there are certain limited circumstances in which a child’s testimony may be deemed necessary and appropriate. Here, our… Read More »

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