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How to Prepare for Your Divorce Mediation?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Mediation is a valuable legal tool that can be used to help you get through a divorce. Indeed, many divorcing couples in Florida use mediation to help resolve difficult conflicts. Mediation is used to resolve many legal disputes, including business disagreements, but it can be particularly valuable in family law cases. This is because… Read More »

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Four Tips for Talking About Divorce With Your Children

By Steve W. Marsee |

A divorce can have a long-lasting impact on a child. In a divorce is difficult, the negative impacts can show up in many different ways. For example, a 2014 study from the Demographic Research found that divorce can even hurt a child’s educational performance. There is no doubt that divorce can be hard for… Read More »

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Getting a Legal Name Change for Your Child in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

A lot goes into a name. A child’s first and last name are fundamental markers of their identity. Therefore, it is not surprising that some desperately want to seek a legal name change for their child after family circumstances have changed. In Florida, getting your child’s name changed is not always easy. In fact,… Read More »

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Understanding the Child Custody Rights of Stepparents

By Steve W. Marsee |

In the event of a divorce, stepparents have very limited child custody rights under Florida law. Their rights are not only superseded by the right’s of the legal parent, but they also have fewer rights than do the child’s biological extended family. In fact, stepparents will not even be granted visitation rights without the… Read More »

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Children Over the Age of Eighteen and Child Support in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, child support obligations typically last until a child’s eighteenth birthday. As the Florida Supreme Court Case of Perla v. Perla made very clear, once a child turns eighteen, child support comes to an end. However, since that case was initially decided in 1952, the law has been refined. Today, child support still… Read More »

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Can I Get an Annulment Instead of a Divorce in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In some cases, a couple splitting up in Florida might be able to get an annulment instead of a divorce. However, annulments are only available in very limited circumstances. While most people do have a basic familiarity with the concept of annulments, far fewer have an understanding of how the process actually works. In… Read More »

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Understanding Divorce Paperwork: Important Documents

By Steve W. Marsee |

Paperwork is a fundamental part of any Florida divorce. In order to ensure that your divorce moves forward efficiently, and that your rights are fully protected, all divorce related documents must be handled carefully. Divorce paperwork can also be frustrating and complex. If you are considering divorce, it is advisable to consult with an… Read More »

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Property Division in Divorce: What Happens to a Professional Practice?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Apart from issues involving children, the division of assets is generally the most contentious issue in any divorce case. The division of assets can quickly become fiercely disputed, particularly if complex assets are involved. An ownership stake in professional practice is a notoriously complex asset. Professional practices have many unique characteristics that can make… Read More »

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Florida Court Issues Opinion in Complex Asset Distribution Case

By Steve W. Marsee |

Recently, Florida’s Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal issued a decision in the case of Mills v. Mills. The case involved a divorcing couple’s dispute over a $245,000 investment loss. Asset, and liability, distribution is a critical part of any Florida divorce case. If you are considering divorce, and you have any questions about the… Read More »

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Florida Divorce: Hidden Assets

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, the assets of a divorcing couple are divided in an equitable manner. Put simply, equitable distribution means that the marital assets must be divided ‘fairly’. A fair division of assets is often not an equal division of assets, however. By nature, this type of asset division process is complex, but it becomes… Read More »

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