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Signs that Your Child is Being Emotionally Abused

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Despite the lack of bruises and fractures, emotional abuse is a very real and very serious type of child abuse, and unfortunately, it occurs all the time in families. Even in families in which the parents want nothing but the best for their children, emotional and psychological harm can happen. Stress, lack of parenting… Read More »

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Seeking an Injunction Against Domestic Violence Could Save Your Life

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In the summer of 2008, 22-year-old and eight-month pregnant Sarah Spirit called the Bell, Florida police department and informed them that her father was abusing her, and that she was scared for her life. Her father ended up serving six months in jail on a battery charge; however, Sarah did not feel it necessary… Read More »

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A Brief History of No-Fault Divorce

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In the state of Florida, divorce is no-fault. Other jurisdictions have different requirements, but in the state of Florida, neither party seeking a divorce needs to prove any specific marital misconduct or problem in order to receive a divorce. When fault is required, individuals generally have to prove that an irreconcilable issue such as… Read More »

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Marriage as a Contract

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Lots of relationships, from those that you have with your landlord to those that you have with your doctor, are founded upon contractual agreements.  It may surprise you to learn that marriage, too, is founded upon contractual ideas.  From the famous United States Supreme Court case Maynard v. Hill in 1888, the federal government… Read More »

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Requirements for the Termination of Parental Rights

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The termination of parental rights is a very serious matter, and can be done in only very limited circumstances.  Because Florida courts generally believe that parenting from both parents is in the best interests of the child, to the greatest extent practical, the bar for the termination of parental rights is very high and… Read More »

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Temporary Restraining Orders in Florida Domestic Violence Cases

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If you are attempting to extricate yourself from a violent situation, always prioritize your (and any involved children’s) safety.  But after taking the safety-first approach, and once you are no longer in immediate danger, the next step is to seek that which is often casually called a temporary restraining order (actually called a “petition… Read More »

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Federal Income Tax and Divorce: Frequently Asked Questions

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If you are going through a divorce, taxes may be one of the last things on your mind.  Of course, Tax Day is on its way, and many federal income tax issues can derail your financial situation and intensify your stress and the complications of your divorce proceeding down the line.  Do you have… Read More »

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Existing Florida Alimony Law

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Alimony law in Florida is poised to undergo alterations soon. But in order to understand when and how Florida alimony will change, it is necessary to understand how Florida alimony currently works. Existing Florida alimony laws provide for five different types of alimony: temporary (while the divorce is still pending), bridge-the-gap alimony (short-term provisions… Read More »

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Physical? Legal? Joint? Sole? Child Custody Terminology

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Determining child custody can be one of the most contentious parts of the divorce process. And like many other aspects of the divorce process, individuals attempting to navigate the nuances of family law can feel that child custody is a littered minefield of legal jargon that does not seem to relate to the day-to-day… Read More »

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Changes to Florida Divorce Laws

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Florida law guides divorce between separating spouses in the state. However, recent concerns regarding alimony, child support, etc. have spurred Florida legislators to take another look at Florida divorce laws. Several proposals for changes to Florida divorce laws now sit patiently awaiting review in the Florida state legislature. What can you expect as a… Read More »

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