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Can I Move With My Child After The Divorce? - In the months and years following a divorce involving children, new job opportunities may arise or new romantic relationships may be formed, suddenly making the idea of moving to a new city or state desirable. Frequently, our firm is contacted by former clients who want to know 1) if they are allowed to move with their child, and 2) if…
What Type Of Alimony Will I Get? - Once the court has reached the conclusion that an award of alimony is necessary, it must then determine what type of alimony is most appropriate. To make this determination, the court will consider several factors that are listed in §61.08(2), Florida Statutes, which includes: the standard of living established during the marriage; duration of the marriage; the age of the…
Will I Get Alimony? - In a Florida divorce action, either spouse may be ordered to provide financial support (i.e. alimony or spousal support) to the other spouse after the marriage has been dissolved. Under some circumstances, a spouse may even be ordered to begin paying temporary alimony before a divorce has been finalized. Generally speaking, the purpose of alimony is to enable a newly…
Is A Military Divorce Different From A Civilian Divorce? - In any divorce proceeding, the primary goal is for parties to walk away with a Final Judgment that settles all of the major issues that were in contention (e.g. child custody, child support, alimony, division of marital assets and liabilities, etc.). In an uncontested divorce case, the parties have resolved their own issues and entered into a Marital Settlement Agreement…
Why Was My Divorce Case Referred To A General Magistrate? - Your follow up questions is, probably, “… and WHAT is a General Magistrate, anyway?” In Florida, a General Magistrate is an attorney that is appointed by a Family Law judge to hear testimony and to provide recommendations on how the judge should rule on specific issues within the divorce case. By referring entire cases or specific issues to a general…
How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce? - A divorce is finalized when a judge, or general magistrate, signs an order known as a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. Generally speaking, the Final Judgment represents the court’s recognition of a binding contract between the parties that settles, at least in theory, all of the terms of the divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the contract described above is…
Can I File For Divorce In Florida? - At least one party to the marriage must continuously reside in Florida for 6 months before the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage. (Note: Special rules apply in some instances involving military service members.) Typically, the date of residency is proven by providing the court with a copy of a Florida driver license, identification card, or voter registration…
What Does “Irreconcilable Differences” Mean? - In Florida, a divorce action begins when one spouse files a divorce petition asking the court to dissolve his or her marriage. The divorce petition must include, among other things, grounds on which the petitioner is basing his or her request for dissolution of the marriage. Decades ago, if a spouse would not consent to a divorce, a divorce petition…
How Is Child Support Calculated In Florida? - In Florida, child support is determined by a formula spelled out at Chapter 61.30 of our statutes. Lawyers and judges refer to this as the “Florida Statutory Guidelines.” Under the Guidelines, support is based primarily on the incomes of the child’s parents. Almost all sources of income are considered, including military allowances and adjustments like BAH, BAS, COLA. Conversely, some…

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