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Differences Between Guardianships and Conservatorships in Florida

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Some people use guardianships and conservatorships interchangeably, but they are different. When a person is incapacitated due to mental illness, disability, or injury, family members can petition the court for guardianship and/or conservatorship. When the judge appoints someone, they are granted certain rights on behalf of the ward, the legal term used to designate… Read More »

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What to Know about Adoption and Fostering a Child in Florida

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Are you considering adoption, or maybe fostering a child for the foreseeable future? Here’s what you need to know about adoption and fostering a child in Florida. Why Adopt Kids who are in Foster Care  There are many kids who are already in foster care and in desperate need of a stable home. By… Read More »

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How to Establish Paternity in Florida?

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When you give birth in Florida, and you’re married, the law makes the assumption that the husband is the natural father of the baby. However, if the mother is not married at the time, she has to take formal steps to establish who the baby’s biological father is. This can be done voluntarily by… Read More »

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4 Mistakes People Make During a Divorce

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Unfortunately, divorce tends to bring out the worst in people. It’s not necessarily surprising given that your entire life is in disarray and you’re likely arguing with someone you once loved over assets, right down to trivial things like who gets the kitchen blender. Emotions are running high, and we don’t always think with… Read More »

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6 Reasons Why You Need a Florida Family Law Attorney for Your Divorce

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Divorce is an emotionally painful and draining experience for most people. And, while you are consumed, or even overwhelmed, by the entire process, you may not be focusing on the most important elements of your pending divorce — asset distribution, finances, and immediate parenting arrangements. Hiring a Boca Raton family law attorney can help… Read More »

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Drafting a Surrogacy Agreement in Florida

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Drafting a surrogacy agreement is one of the more challenging areas of reproductive law as the rules and requirements can vary depending on what state you’re in. Some states like Virginia are on the more restrictive side of the law while California is one of the less restrictive ones. Florida lies in the middle,… Read More »

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Do you Have to Give the Engagement Ring back in Florida?

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One of the most common questions when a couple breaks up is who gets to keep the engagement ring? Does the recipient have to give it back to the giver? What about if the break up occurs after they are already married? Much like other jurisdictions, Florida considers engagement rings to be a conditional… Read More »

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How Does the Service Members’ Civil Relief Act Impact Family Law Matters in Florida?

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The Service Members’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is a federal law that provides active duty military personnel with the ability to postpone various court proceedings. SCRA is covered in detail at 50 U.S.C. App 501-597b, and because it’s a federal law, states like Florida are bound by its provisions. What is the SCRA? The… Read More »

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Alimony Awards will be Subject to New Federal Tax Laws

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For Florida couples contemplating a divorce, now is the time to get started. 2019 will bring some new tax regulations into effect that can have negative consequences on your income tax returns depending on whether you’re the spouse paying or receiving an alimony award. Currently, spouses who are paying alimony to their ex-spouse have… Read More »

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How Social Media Plays a Role in Your Florida Divorce

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Nearly everyone you meet utilizes some form of social media, making it pretty easy to find out private details of someone else’s life. Some people keep their profiles extremely private, while others post about every minute detail of their daily life. No matter how you utilize social media, it’s important to understand how it… Read More »

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