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How Do Florida Courts Determine the Value of Marital Assets?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Most divorcees do not fully understand how their marital assets are valued in a divorce. Valuation of assets is an essential part of the property division process to ensure that assets are equitably distributed between the spouses. Depending on the method used to appraise the value of marital assets, the final worth of assets… Read More »

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When a Child Support Modification is Appropriate in Florida (and When It’s Not)

By Steve W. Marsee |

If one parent was ordered to pay child support, it is likely because the other parent needs those funds to ensure that their shared child has a financially secure life. However, circumstances do change over time, and the non-custodial parent may no longer afford those payments or the custodial parent may need more money… Read More »

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The Effect of Domestic Violence on Divorce in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

Each year, there are more than 100,000 reported crimes of domestic violence in Orlando and other parts of Florida. Many of these cases may ultimately provide a reason for divorce. How does domestic violence affect a Florida divorce? Not long ago, cases involving physical abuse and domestic violence were considered “grounds” for a divorce… Read More »

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How to Avoid an Alimony Award During a Florida Divorce

By Steve W. Marsee |

Even if divorce cannot be prevented, you may still be able to avoid an alimony award in your divorce case in Florida. However, in some cases, alimony is inescapable, though it does not mean that Florida courts order spousal support in every divorce. Also, an alimony award does not necessarily mean that these payments… Read More »

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Florida Could Abolish the Permanent Alimony System Once and For All

By Steve W. Marsee |

Florida lawmakers could put an end to the state’s permanent spousal support payments, though a Florida Bar section is opposing the bill that would place caps on the duration of alimony payments in the state. The bill would prioritize the short-term alimony system, also known as the “bridge the gap” spousal support to the… Read More »

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The National Association of Distinguished Counsel

By Steve W. Marsee |

Press Release Steve Marsee, of Steve W. Marsee, PA, has been selected to the 2020 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who… Read More »

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Does Following or Liking Your Ex on Social Media Violate the Restraining Order?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Restraining orders are court-issued orders designed to protect a victim of harassment, domestic violence, physical abuse, or stalking from another person. A restraining or protective order requires the restrained person to stay away from the protected person – who is often their former wife or husband following a divorce – and prohibits them from… Read More »

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Divorce vs. Annulment of Marriage: Can You Annul Your Marriage in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Every state has its own regulations for ending a marriage, either through the divorce process or annulment. Florida’s family law, however, does not explicitly address the annulment of marriage. Over the years, Florida’s appellate courts have issued numerous rulings, which now constitute annulment laws. Many people think annulment and divorce are synonyms. While it… Read More »

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5 Reasons a Parent May Lose Custody You Didn’t Know About

By Steve W. Marsee |

Child custody is not eternal. If one parent does something that endangers their child, a Florida court will likely revoke custody rights without any hesitation. However, that parent must do something very terrible or unacceptable to have child custody revoked in Florida, such as abusing or neglecting the child, sexually assaulting him or her,… Read More »

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Disestablishing Paternity in Florida to Terminate the Child Support Obligation

By Steve W. Marsee |

In some situations, a father may need his paternity to be disestablished. But why? Let’s review an example. When an unmarried couple has a child, the paternity will be established at birth, either through genetic testing or voluntarily. If paternity was established, the father assumes the obligation to provide for the child. If the… Read More »

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