Mara & Mara

Recent Blog Posts

Report: Florida Is Most Expensive State for Divorce

A recent study by Credit.com has determined that Florida is the costliest state in the nation when it comes to filing for divorce. According to the report, the average Floridian pays more than $400 just to start the proceedings, compared to just $52 in Mississippi, the least expensive state in this regard. Unfortunately, filing for… Read More »

Florida Supreme Court Could Take on Gay Marriage Issue

An appeals court in Florida has requested the state Supreme Court to take on the issue of gay marriage after passing on the opportunity to rule on the issue. The case involves two women who were married in Massachusetts in 2010. They would now like to seek a divorce in Florida, but their request to… Read More »

Part II – Family Law & Bankruptcy

This is an update from the blog entry I created in October of 2013, last year.  In it, I described that a property settlement in a divorce is dischargeable in a chapter 13, but not in a chapter 7.  The purpose of this blog entry is to highlight the problems that can occur when a… Read More »

Initial Steps In Filing For Bankruptcy

Filing for bankruptcy is a highly effective way for people to resolve their debt problems. Reports of high-profile bankruptcies are common. For example, the privately held maker of plasic bottles Constar International Holdings, LLC recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it’s third bankruptcy in five years. If you contemplate filing for bankruptcy, here are some initial steps…. Read More »

Alimony Reform May Be Back On Florida’s Legislative Agenda

It has been reported that alimony reform may be back on the legislative agenda for 2014. In 2013, both the Florida House and Senate passed a bill reforming alimony law, but the legislation was vetoed by Governor Rick Scott. So, what is alimony? Alimony in Florida Alimony is spousal support given by one spouse to… Read More »

Grandparents’ Rights In Florida

It can be distressing enough for a grandparent to face the prospect of his or her child’s divorce, but the prospect of losing contact with a grandchild can be heartbreaking. Despite the major role often played in the lives of their grandchildren, grandparents’ rights vary considerably from state to state. Although Florida has enacted a… Read More »

Annulling A Marriage In Florida

Divorce is typically how people end their marriages, but occasionally, a party seeks to end the marriage through an annulment. Basketball player Kris Humphries reportedly sought an annulment of his marriage to reality television star Kim Kardashian, alleging the marriage, which was filmed for the reality show, was a fraud. However, Ms Kardashian denied the… Read More »

Florida’s New Revised LLC Act, Part II

Come January 1, 2013, the Florida Revised LLC Act will become law. Most of the statutory provisions may be overridden by provisions in the LLC’s Operating Agreement. However, there are some provisions, based on Florida Statutes Section 605.0105 that may not be waived. Management: If a management provision is not specified, then the default will… Read More »

The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Family Law

     At times the intersection of Bankruptcy Law and Family Law can be a bit confusing.  If you owe your former spouse money subject to a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, can a bankruptcy wipe out that debt?      It depends.      Factors you need to look at include whether the debt is in… Read More »

Florida’s New Revised LLC Act. Part I

The Florida Revised LLC Act (“FRLA”) became law on June 14th, and beginning January 1, 2015, all LLCs will be subject to the FRLA.  This blog highlights some important provisions. Managing member:  The term “managing-member” is no longer in the definitions section of the FRLA.  The term was taken out because many LLCs were using… Read More »