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Florida Man Arrested after Failure to Pay $120,000 in Child Support

By Steve W. Marsee |

A man was arrested in Tampa last week on a federal charge that he failed to pay nearly $120,000 in child support to a woman in Maine over a period of ten years. Glen S. Caristinos, 48, of Safety Harbor has been charged with a Class E federal felony for failure to pay child… Read More »

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Florida Bill Would Lower Alimony after Retirement

By Steve W. Marsee |

The same legislation that would end permanent alimony in Florida would also let people reduce or eliminate their payments once they retire. The House and Senate versions of the bill were filed last week that would overhaul the state’s current system of alimony and for the first time would institute a formula to determine… Read More »

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Violating Visitation Rights in Child Custody Cases

By Steve W. Marsee |

Child custody agreements are set by the court during divorce proceedings. Florida family courts presume that there should be shared custody among the parents unless there is substantial proof showing otherwise. If one parent is given custody of the child, the other parent can still be awarded visitation rights. These rights detail when, where,… Read More »

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Florida Lawmakers Propose New Alimony Reform Formula

By Steve W. Marsee |

A “child support-esque” formula that would determine the amount of money awarded for alimony in Florida is now in the works with the state’s legislators. In contrast to the legislation that passed through the state House of Representatives and Senate two years ago that was ultimately vetoed by the governor, this new plan, proposed… Read More »

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Domestic Violence and Child Custody

By Steve W. Marsee |

Judges in family court understand the effect that domestic violence can have on a child, and as a result they are often hesitant to give custody to a parent or guardian that has a history of abusive behavior. Research has shown that the biggest risk factor for family violence to pass from one generation… Read More »

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Florida Void Marriages

By Steve W. Marsee |

While Florida does not specifically have a law regarding annulment of marriage, it does state when a marriage is considered void or voidable. The courts in the state do make a point of distinction between the two types, and if your marriage is found to be void or voidable you can face similar issues… Read More »

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Temporary Orders in Divorce Cases

By Steve W. Marsee |

Divorce cases can take months or years to be finalized in court, and unfortunately there are more immediate short-term decisions that must be figured out before the process is finished. As a result, a family law judge has the power to adjudicate these decisions in the form of temporary orders that last for the… Read More »

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Alimony Reform Likely Proposed Again in 2015

By Steve W. Marsee |

Alimony reform is one of the hottest topics of debate happening across the country, and many states have revised their laws regarding spousal support in the last few years. Florida is in the midst of a contentious debate over whether permanent, or lifetime, alimony should be eliminated as an option for spousal support, replaced… Read More »

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How Adultery Affects Alimony

By Steve W. Marsee |

In most states, whether one spouse cheats on the other during the course of the marriage is not considered during divorce proceedings for issues like property division or other divisions of assets. However, in Florida the judge is allowed to consider instances of adultery when deciding whether and how much alimony should be paid… Read More »

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Missing Girl Found in Mexico with Non-Custodial Father

By Steve W. Marsee |

After nearly five years of living under an assumed name in a remote region of Mexico, authorities have found twelve year old Cara Cox. Taken from her mother during a visitation weekend with her father when she was only eight years old, Aaron Cox, 55, has been arrested in conjunction with finding Cara for… Read More »

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