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Divorce Mediation in Florida: Four Common Mistakes to Avoid

By Gale H. Moore |

One of the most popular forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is mediation. As mediation is a non-adversarial and collaborative process, it can be especially effective in family law settings. If you are like most people who are going through a divorce, you want to reach a reasonable, amicable divorce settlement without getting stuck… Read More »

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An Overview of the Four Key Factors that Affect Alimony in Florida

By Gale H. Moore |

Following a marital separation, one spouse may be required to provide ongoing financial support to their former partner. Known as spousal support, spousal maintenance, or alimony, these payments are not guaranteed in Florida. Alimony is not awarded in every case. How much (if any) alimony will be granted depends on a number of different… Read More »

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Is a Court Appearance Required If We’re Getting an Uncontested Divorce in Florida?

By Gale H. Moore |

While divorce is relatively common, divorce trials are somewhat unusual. The best data suggests that less than three percent of divorces are resolved through litigation. Most couples want to end their marriage in a painless, cost effective manner. For this reason, many people opt to resolve their issues and get an uncontested divorce. You… Read More »

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Child Support and Wage Garnishment in Florida: An Overview

By Gale H. Moore |

For parents going through a divorce, child support can be one of the most contentious and complicated issues. In Florida, child support can be handled through a voluntary agreement or through a state agency. As explained by the Florida Department of Revenue, the Child Support Program will automatically send a withholding notice to the… Read More »

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Three Common Divorce ‘Delay’ Tactics (And How to Overcome Them)

By Gale H. Moore |

You do not need your spouse’s permission to get a divorce. As explained by the Florida Bar Association, you have the right to file for divorce on the grounds that your marriage is irretrievably broken. While your partner cannot stop the divorce, they may be able to slow down progress and delay the process…. Read More »

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Can I Stop My Former Partner From Changing Our Child’s Name?

By Gale H. Moore |

Following a divorce or separation, some parents want to seek a name change for a child. It could be a new first name, a new last name, or both. For the most part, Florida courts will approve a change of a minor child’s legal name if both parents consent. While there are exceptions to… Read More »

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Military Divorce in Florida: Three Tips for a Civilian Spouse

By Gale H. Moore |

Military couples face some unique challenges in ending a marriage. If you are a civilian spouse who is married to an active duty military member, there are certain laws and regulations that you need to understand. We want to make sure that you have the information and tools you need to protect your own… Read More »

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Can a Judge Order Us to Go Through Marriage Counseling Before We Get Divorced?

By Gale H. Moore |

The decision to get a divorce is a difficult one. Every couple has to face their own unique issues.  In some cases, married couples go through months or years of counseling before deciding that a divorce is the right option. In other cases, one or both partners may simply have no interest in counseling…. Read More »

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Four Child Time-Sharing Tips to Help Parents Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Gale H. Moore |

The Florida Department of Health warns that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a dangerous and rapidly spreading respiratory disease. On March 25th, Pinellas County issued a ‘Stay-At-Home’ order, temporarily closing the physical non-essential businesses and requiring residents to shelter in place. Soon after the entire state was placed under a  ‘Stay-at-Home’ order. Our state’s public health… Read More »

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Federal Government: Stimulus Payments Will Be Offset for Past Due Child Support

By Gale H. Moore |

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is an economic relief legislation designed to help individuals, families, and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. One provision of the bill provides direct financial support to many people in the form of economic impact payments—or as they are better known, stimulus payments. The federal… Read More »

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