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    Why You Need a Good Attorney to Help with a Divorce Mediation

    A divorce mediation attorney who is knowledgeable and supportive in helping you navigate a mediation can make a tremendous difference in the positive or negative outcome of your divorce. Each state has its own rules and guidelines regarding divorce and mediation, so this blog will look at Florida, where mediation, before a divorce can be scheduled in court, is a requirement for almost every jurisdiction. First, what is mediation? Mediation is a meeting between the two divorcing persons, each with their attorney and a court-trained and licensed mediator. In Florida, a mediator licensed to mediate is given the title of Licensed...

    Bankruptcy and Divorce – How Do They Affect Each Other?

    Bankruptcy and divorce are both difficult decisions to consider, and considering them at the same time raises some concerns and questions. Financial concerns are often the focal point of divorce. Research has shown that how to divide marital property, both personal and real estate, has caused more stress and frayed nerves than other aspects of a divorce, with the exception of the ongoing care and nurturing of minor children. As many states, including Florida, use equitable distribution rather than equal distribution, the job of determining what is non-marital and what is marital becomes vital to the process of division of...

    What Happens in Divorce Mediation in Florida

    Divorce mediation in Florida is extremely common as most jurisdictions require a couple to attend mediation for a divorce before a court date can be set. Mediation is a meeting of both parties and their legal professional(s) with a mediator who will guide the proceedings by helping to keep emotions calm and finding ways to a possible resolution or compromising of the issues regarding the divorce or dissolution of marriage as it is now termed. If all areas of the divorce, including alimony, child support, parental timesharing, parenting plan, and equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities, are agreed upon,...

    What is a Post-Judgment Modification in Florida

    To modify, according to, is “a change in an existing court order or judgment made necessary by a change in circumstances since the order or judgment was made or to cure an error.” In Florida, post-judgment modifications can be made to alimony, child support, parental timesharing, and the parenting plan. No changes to an existing order or judgment can be made by the parties themselves but only through mediation or by a judge. In all cases where a post-judgment is requested, there must be proof of material, substantial, and unanticipated (before final judgment) change. Different modification needs can determine...

    What Does a Concierge Law Firm Do

    Concierge, the definition from Miriam Webster's online dictionary: “a person or service that provides assistance with personal business.” Concierge lawyer, the definition provided online by Philip L. Chapman, legal counsel at Brown, Moskowitz & Kallen PC, “is a trusted advisor who helps clients make informed business decisions and personal legal decisions without the clients having to be concerned about being billed by the minute or the hour.” The client will pay a yearly retainer based on the projected need for service, and the lawyer will provide a variety of specialized services. Some of the concierge services that may be provided in...

    What is a Lawyer Retainer Fee and How does it Work

    Lawyer Retainer Fee Lawyers charge a fee for their services, as most people do for professional services. Their fees may seem high, but when you consider the years of education and the number of exams it takes along with ongoing educational requirements by the Bar, most lawyers charge an amount reflecting their accomplishments. It is always a good idea to find out about a lawyer's fee arrangements before you decide to hire them or sign a client contract, as there are different ways a lawyer typically handles their fee requirements. In most instances, at least a certain percentage of the projected...

    How forensic accountants save you money in divorce

    Before exploring how a forensic accountant can save you money in a divorce, it is necessary to understand what a forensic account’s job title entails and why someone qualified as a forensic accountant can testify in court on your behalf even though they have not been an eye witness to your case. A forensic account is a person who is educated, trained, and licensed to investigate the financial and business affairs of an individual both on a personal level and when a business is involved with a divorce case. Accounting, auditing, and financial document analysis are important parts of the...

    Domestic Partnership vs Marriage in Florida

    What you need to know about same sex marriages and domestic partnership in Florida When explaining the difference between domestic partnership and marriage, it is necessary to look at the definition of each type of relationship. According to Wikipedia, the online dictionary: “A domestic partnership is an interpersonal relationship between two individuals who live together and share in common domestic life but are not married (to each other or anyone else).” Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock is a culturally and often legally recognized union between people called spouses. It establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their...

    The Presumption of 50/50 timesharing

    Is it going to actually pass as a law? The presumption of 50/50 timesharing is a hot topic concern in the halls of justice in Florida. For several years the family law community has been debating whether to take the 50/50 timesharing issue from letting a judge determine its usage for the care and nurturing of minor children to making this presumption a law. Several attempts have been made to have appropriate bills passed and signed, but to date, this has not happened. However, at present, there is a strong bill that is making its way through the Florida law-making process,...

    Talking Parents vs. Our Family Wizard

    All About The “Talking Parents” Communication Website And How It Compares To Florida’s Our Family Wizard Site Raising children with care and nurturing has never been an easy task, no matter how many years you go back in history. The responsibility of seeing to the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development of a human child from birth to age l8 and sometimes further can, at times, seem overwhelming. And, when a family is broken for reasons of divorce (dissolution of marriage) or separation, in the case of parenting outside of marriage, any minor child born or adopted by the couple will...

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