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Florida Divorce Law: What is Property Transmutation?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida divorce cases, a couple’s marital property is subject to the state’s equitable distribution standard. This means that Florida courts will split up their marital assets in the manner that best upholds the state’s principles of “fairness”. In some cases, this will be a 50-50 split of the marital property, though in other… Read More »

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Bill Bolsters Grandparents’ Visitation Rights

By Steve W. Marsee |

A new bill that is heading to the governor to pass would make it easier for grandparents that have been denied visitation with their grandchildren the help that they need. Under the new law, in situations where the grandchild’s parents are both dead, missing, convicted of a felony offense, or in a vegetative state… Read More »

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Florida Congressman to Settle Bigamy & Divorce Case

By Steve W. Marsee |

United States Congressman Alan Grayson and his former wife, Lolita, have finally agreed to terms to annul their 25-year marriage after a contentious, public divorce case. Their divorce has been rife with public accusations, fighting, and allegations of everything from theft of marital property to negligence to bigamy. Now, after a year since the… Read More »

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Alimony Bill Dies in Legislature

By Steve W. Marsee |

The alimony bill that was supported by both sides of the legislature as well as many legal and lobbying bodies across the state has unfortunately failed to pass this year. Two Republican lawmakers now blame each other for the failure of the bill that was supported by so many people across the state and… Read More »

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When to Not Have Equal Shared Parental Responsibility

By Steve W. Marsee |

Florida law describes child custody as “shared parental responsibility,” and the main purpose of the concept is to ensure that the child of a divorce has constant, frequent contact with both parents. The family courts in Florida presume that shared parental responsibility should exist in every child custody case; however, there are times when… Read More »

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Florida Lawmakers Closer to Passing Alimony Reform Law

By Steve W. Marsee |

Permanent alimony has come one step closer to being eliminated in the state of Florida, with lawmakers inching forward on passing their sweeping alimony reform bill. State lawmakers have created a bill that has gained the approval of the Florida Bar Association and eliminates the concerns that Governor Rick Scott had when he vetoed… Read More »

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Florida Woman $24,000 Behind in Child Support

By Steve W. Marsee |

A Florida woman is facing prison time after she admitted to being more than $24,000 behind in child support payments for her two children. Kathleen Zweeres, 37, of Davenport was charged with four counts of nonsupport of dependents and she pled guilty last week to two of those charges. In exchange for the guilty… Read More »

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Woman Allowed to Serve Divorce Papers Through Facebook

By Steve W. Marsee |

A judge in the Manhattan Supreme Court is allowing a woman to serve divorce papers to her elusive husband through a Facebook message. The woman, Ellanora Baidoo, 26, has been granted permission to “serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook” and will do so once per week for three… Read More »

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Walmart Heiress’ Spouse Seeking Hundreds of Thousands in Alimony

By Steve W. Marsee |

The former spouse of Walmart heiress, Paige Laurie, has filed a lawsuit seeking $400,000 per month in alimony in their contentious divorce. The couple, married in secret six years ago, did have Ms. Laurie’s former spouse, Patrick Dubbert, sign a premarital agreement before the ceremony. But now, he claims that the $400,000 per month… Read More »

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Gay Marriage and Divorce Now Legal in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

Last August, a court ruled that Florida’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, and ever since then men and women of the same sex have been allowed to get married in the state. However, this ruling also means that same-sex divorce, never recognized before in the state, is now also an option for gay… Read More »

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