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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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Florida Ranked Low Among the Best States to Raise Children

By Steve W. Marsee |

Even though Florida’s year-round warm weather offers a roughly endless list of kid-friendly activities, the Sunshine State is not the best state to raise a family. This was the finding of a new study by WalletHub, a popular personal finance website. According to Patch, Florida ranked low among the best states to raise children…. Read More »

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Can Your Retirement Funds Be Used to Satisfy Child Support or Alimony Obligations?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Many Floridians mistakenly believe that no one can touch their retirement funds to satisfy child support or alimony obligations. However, that is not entirely true. Not all retirements funds are “untouchable” if you have unpaid spousal or child support amounts. It is a common misconception that creditors and your former spouse cannot touch the… Read More »

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Are You Eligible for Durational Alimony in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Durational alimony is a relatively new concept in Florida’s family law, which is why many divorced and separated couples underestimate its importance. A Florida court has the authority to grant spousal support to the lower-earning spouses in the form of: bridge-the-gap; rehabilitative; lump sum; permanent periodic; and durational alimony. If you are wondering whether… Read More »

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Filing for Florida Divorce Online: Everything You Need to Know

By Steve W. Marsee |

The Internet has dramatically revolutionized many aspects of our lives, which is why it is not surprising that people can for divorce online in Florida nowadays. Although filing for divorce online is not as easy as it might sound, doing so may be an optimal option for couples who have an uncontested divorce case…. Read More »

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5 Tips to Negotiate Holiday Gifts for Your Kids with Your Ex-Spouse After Divorce

By Steve W. Marsee |

Even after your Florida divorce is final, you may still have to negotiate with your former spouse or even make decisions together, especially if you have shared children. If this is your first holiday season after the divorce, brace yourself for holiday gift negotiations. Typically, holiday seasons trigger a wide range of family law… Read More »

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Does Your Ex-Spouse’s Cohabitation Stop Alimony Payments in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, the payer spouse can stop alimony payments if the recipient is cohabitating or engaged in a supportive relationship with another individual. However, determining what constitutes “cohabitation” and “supportive relationship” in Florida is not always clear. To determine whether your circumstances warrant a modification of the alimony order, speak with an Orlando spousal… Read More »

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Will Your Spouse Receive Funds from Your Separate Bank Account in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Contrary to popular belief, your name on a bank account does not necessarily mean that the funds are rightfully yours in divorce. Thus, your soon-to-be-ex could be entitled to the funds in your separate bank account during the division of property. In Florida, it is up to the court judge to determine whether the… Read More »

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Parental Responsibility vs. Timesharing in Florida: What is the Difference?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Many Floridians think that timesharing and parental responsibility are two interlinked things, while others consider these two terms practically synonymous. Under Florida family law, allocations and provisions regarding the parents’ responsibilities and obligations must be included in each child custody order. These provisions and allocations contain parents’ duties and responsibilities as well as timesharing… Read More »

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Going On an Out-of-State Vacation with the Child During the 2019 Holiday Season? Read This

By Steve W. Marsee |

Now that the 2019 holiday season is on the doorstep, many divorced and separated parents have plans to take their kids on vacation. Often, these plans involve traveling out of state or even abroad. But these parents do not know what type of permission is necessary and whether taking their child out of state… Read More »

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