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Potential International Custody Issues in a Florida Divorce

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Florida is home to a diverse population, so it’s not inconceivable that one parent may try to leave the country with or without permission during or following a divorce. It’s also not uncommon to run into custody disputes because one parent keeps the child in another country past the agreed upon timeframe. With permanent… Read More »

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What are my Options for a Divorce in Florida?

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People often assume that a divorce will be a lengthy and expensive process, but there are times when spouses can agree on everything, making it possible to simplify and expedite the divorce. Uncontested divorces can be a simplified dissolution of marriage or a regular dissolution. Qualifications for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage Not every… Read More »

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What to Know about Obtaining a Restraining Order in Florida

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The intent of a restraining order is to assist with protecting someone from possible future violence by issuing an order that another person must stay away from and not contact the individual who filed for the restraining order. Florida offers several different types of restraining orders that relate to different kinds of violence, including… Read More »

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What are the Most Common Types of Elder Abuse?

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Experts estimate that while elder abuse only affects a small percentage of the population each year, less than one in 14 cases actually gets reported to law enforcement officials. Elder abuse is generally considered as abuse to someone over the age of 65. Elders may be more susceptible to abuse as they have often… Read More »

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Comparing At-Fault and No-Fault Divorces

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A number of states require that in order to file for divorce you must show cause. Other states are what are called no-fault divorce states, which means you don’t necessarily have to show just cause as to why you don’t want to be married to your spouse any longer. Florida is a No Fault… Read More »

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What are Florida’s Laws on Spousal Privilege?

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You may have seen references to spousal privilege on television and assumed it was on-screen theatrics, but there is a valid legal theory that deals with privileged spousal communications and dictates when a spouse can testify against the other. There are situations in criminal and even family law where spousal privilege may or may… Read More »

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Can a Spouse Obtain Medical and Mental Health Records in Divorce and/or Child Custody Matters?

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The involvement of mental health professionals in Florida divorces is relatively common. Often times, they just receive a request, or even a subpoena, for records. However, if you’re concerned that your soon-to-be ex-spouse can just request all your medical and/or mental health records to use against you in the divorce, it’s not that simple…. Read More »

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Possible Domestic Violence Defenses in Florida

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Domestic violence battery is defined in Florida as the actual and intentional striking or touching of another person without their consent, or intentionally causing bodily harm to another person. The person that was struck must be a household or family member. Being convicted of a domestic violence battery charge can have lifelong consequences for… Read More »

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Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP)

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If you’re currently going through a divorce or are separated from your spouse, you may have concerns about him or her trying to take your child out of the country. If your child doesn’t have a passport and is under the age of 16, it is required to have consent from both parents to… Read More »

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What is the Baker Act and How does it Affect Family Law Matters?

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The Baker Act refers to a Florida law that provides emergency mental health services and temporary detention for someone who is struggling with and / or impaired due to mental illness, and he or she is unable to determine what is needed for treatment. The name refers to the former Florida State Representative from… Read More »

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