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How to Prepare for your Uncontested Divorce

By Steve W. Marsee |

If you and your spouse meet certain criteria, you can complete an uncontested divorce. This type of divorce, also known as a simplified dissolution of marriage, can save money, save time, and reduce the amount of conflict you and your partner face during the divorce process. Getting divorced is stressful, and even couples who… Read More »

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Changes are Coming to How Alimony is Taxed – What You Should Know

By Steve W. Marsee |

You have probably heard that a new tax code is coming our way. What you might not have heard is how it will affect all new alimony orders entered after it takes effect. In short, here is what will change for divorcing couples: alimony payments will no longer be tax-deductible for paying spouses, and… Read More »

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Can my Child Choose His or Her Parenting Plan?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In a word, no. Your child’s parenting plan is created according to what the court deems to be in his or her best interest, and to determine this, it considers a series of factors about your child’s needs and both parents’ lifestyles. Your child’s preference is one of the factors the court may consider,… Read More »

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I Am Getting Divorced. What are my Rights?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In any legal proceeding, you have rights. These include your Miranda Rights if you are arrested and your right to cross-examine any witnesses present in civil and criminal court. When you are working through a divorce, you have a few specific rights regarding this legal process as well. Your divorce rights, like all of… Read More »

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Are You Preparing for Divorce in Florida? Get Your Financial Documents Together

By Steve W. Marsee |

Divorce is a complex and emotionally fraught process. To ensure that your legal rights and financial interests are fully protected during your divorce, it is imperative that you get yourself organized as soon as possible. Among other things, you will need to get all of your financial documents and records in order. Under the… Read More »

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Does an Unmarried Father Have the Right to Stop an Adoption in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

For married fathers, parental rights are automatically granted when their wife gives birth. A married mother cannot put a child up for adoption unless she has the consent of the legal father (her husband) or has good cause to take action to get her husband’s parental rights removed. For unmarried fathers, establishing parental rights… Read More »

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What Can I Include in a Prenuptial Agreement?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Many individuals recoil at the idea of signing a prenuptial agreement because they feel that by doing so, they are expressing doubt that their marriage will last the remainder of their lifetime. This simply is not true. A prenuptial agreement says nothing about the strength of a couple’s marriage, nor is there a correlation… Read More »

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I am a Grandparent. What are my Custodial Rights to my Grandchildren?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, grandparents have the right to pursue custody of their grandchildren under certain circumstances. Many people misunderstand the concept of grandparents’ rights and assume that grandparents automatically have the right to visits and the pursuit of custody of their grandchildren. This is not true. Only a child’s legal parents have these rights from… Read More »

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Can I Waive my Right to Alimony?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Can you? Yes. Should you? The answer to this question is a bit more complicated. Florida law allows individuals to waive their right to receive alimony in prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, and divorce settlement agreements. They cannot waive their right to temporary alimony or the right to have their spouses cover their lawyer fees… Read More »

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Five Tips for Negotiating a Fair Divorce Settlement

By Steve W. Marsee |

We all know how divorce is portrayed in popular culture: a fierce battle that will likely drag on for years and may turn nasty. In reality, divorce is far more complex. Certainly, many divorces are quite contentious. However, there are many cases in which separating couples are able to work through difficult issues in… Read More »

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