Category Archives: Family Law
Understanding The Role Of A Guardian Ad Litem In A Florida Family Law Case (An Advocate For The Child’s Best Interests)
Are you a parent going through a custody case in Florida? If you are locked in a high-conflict case or there are some unique issues, a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) may be appointed by a court. It is important for parents to understand what a GAL is and what it is not. Here, our… Read More »
Six Tips To Prepare You For The Divorce Talk With Your Children
Divorce and separation are part of life for many people. The Pew Research Center cites data showing that only half of American children live with both of their parents. For the parents, a divorce or separation can be stressful and overwhelming. One of the most challenging aspects can be breaking the news to your… Read More »
Mediation Did Not Work In My Florida Divorce: What Comes Next?
Ending a marriage is hard. You and your spouse may agree that a divorce is the best option, but untangling your lives will still be an emotional, financial, and logistical challenge. Mediation is a popular option for divorcing couples because it emphasizes cooperative problem-solving. Of course, a mediation session for a divorce does not… Read More »
How Does The Appeals Process Work For A Family Law Case In Florida?
Going through family law litigation is never easy. Whether it is a divorce, custody case, or child support issue, it can put a lot of pressure and stress on a person. While a decision from a judge can bring some important closure, it can be difficult to deal with an unfavorable ruling. Florida does… Read More »
Family Law In Florida: Can You Appeal An Unfavorable Judgment?
Going through a divorce, child custody case, or other family law dispute is never easy. The end of the legal process can bring a tremendous sense of relief—that is unless you receive an unfavorable decision from a judge. This raises an important question: Can you appeal an adverse judgment in a family law case?… Read More »
Family & Divorce In Florida: How Do I Determine My Present Monthly Gross Income?
Are you going through a family law case in Florida? Whether you are involved in a divorce, custody & visitation case, or a child support dispute, you may be required to complete a family law financial affidavit. Essentially, this is the official legal form that you must use to provide financial disclosure to the… Read More »
New Court Rules in Florida: Appellate Jurisdiction in Changing on January 1st, 2021
In June of 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a reform bill amending Florida Statutes § 26.012 to eliminate most circuit court jurisdiction over appeals arising in county courts. Going forward, most county court decisions will instead be appealable directly to the appropriate district courts of appeal. The changes are set to take effect… Read More »
Florida Supreme Court Publishes New Rules for Family Law: What You Should Know
Recently, the Florida Supreme Court officially finalized and published updated rules and procedures for family law cases. The reforms are set to take effect in the coming year. Specifically, the reforms include: Amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure—Forms 12.985(a)-(g); and Amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure—2020 Regular Cycle… Read More »
An Overview of Unmarried Fathers’ Rights in Florida
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 46 percent of children born in Florida are born to unmarried parents. If you are an unmarried father, you may have questions about your legal rights and legal responsibilities. In Florida, an unmarried father has equal parental rights, but only if paternity has been… Read More »
The Daubert Standard—Understanding Florida’s Rule on the Admissibility of Expert Testimony
An expert witness is a person (usually a professional) who has a specialized skill or specialized knowledge. They are qualified to help judges and/or juries evaluate the meaning and implications of factual evidence. Expert testimony matters. Indeed, an expert witness in Florida family law can have a significant influence on the court’s decision. That… Read More »