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Category Archives: Family Law

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 »

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 »

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 »

Child Support and How It is Calculated

     Many parents who are required to pay child support either because of a paternity action or because of a divorce, do not fully understand how child support is calculated.  Florida Statutes Section 61.30 provides the formula the courts use to calculate child support.  The following steps are used to determine child support: Determine Gross Monthly Income. … Read More »

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem (“GAL”) is appointed by the court in a dissolution of marriage or for the creation, approval, or modification of a parenting plan when the court believes that it would be in the best interest of the child or children to have someone act on behalf of the child or children.  The GAL is… Read More »

Name of Child-Choosing and Changing

Choosing the last name of a child is easy when the parents are married to each other.  Most commonly, the child is given the last name of the father, but an alternative is to have a hyphenated last name with the mother and father’s last names.  The issue of choosing the last name of the… Read More »