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What Does It Take to Relocate with Your Children from Florida?

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Entering into a child custody agreement after a divorce places a number of restrictions on your ability to relocate your family, should the need arise in the future. The process for relocation in Florida follows strict criteria, which both custodial and non-custodial parents must follow. The best-case scenario for a relocation, in which both… Read More »

Dividing Property in a Florida Divorce

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Each state has different rules when it comes to dividing property in a divorce. In Florida, the law demands an equitable division of marital property between spouses. Although this often means property is divided equally, in some situations, “equitable” division simply means fair division in the eyes of a judge. When determining what constitutes… Read More »

Modifying a Child Custody Order in Florida

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

When making decisions about child custody, family courts try to promote stable living arrangements and discourage disruptive change. For this reason, once a custody decision has been made, most family courts will only modify a custody agreement if there is sufficient evidence that a substantial change in circumstances has occurred. Before filing a petition… Read More »

How Can I Enforce a Child Support Order?

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

If you were granted custody of your children after a divorce, there’s a good chance that your former spouse has been ordered to pay you a specified amount of child support each month. However, a child support order is not always enough to make a non-custodial parent pay up, and some parents may neglect… Read More »

Domestic Partnership Registry Succeeding in Pinellas County

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

In 2012, Gulfport became the first city in Pinellas County to approve a domestic partnership registry, allowing couples who have registered to receive certain legal benefits typically reserved for married couples. Gulfport’s approval was quickly followed by the cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg. However, domestic partnership benefits were reserved for residents of those… Read More »

Actor Burt Reynolds Ordered to Pay $154K in Alimony

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

A judge recently ordered well-known actor Burt Reynolds to pay his ex-wife, Loni Anderson, more than $154,000 in alimony. Reynolds and Anderson divorced in 1993. Reynolds, now 78 years old, originally agreed to pay Anderson a lump sum of $234,794.13, but Anderson later claimed she only received some of that alimony. Reynolds declared bankruptcy… Read More »

Baby Boomers Leading in ‘Silver Divorces’

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Demographers are beginning to notice a sharp spike in “silver divorces,” or divorces among the 50-and-older crowd. According an analysis from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, the divorce rate within that demographic more than doubled between 1990 and 2010. In 1990, about one in 10 divorces… Read More »

Modifying Alimony in Florida

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

If you and your spouse are preparing to divorce and one of you makes significantly more money, there’s a good chance that one of you will be ordered to pay alimony. Alimony — monthly payments one divorced spouse makes to the other — is a commonly used tool in the divorce system. If you… Read More »

The Different Types of Alimony in Florida

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

When a couple is going through a divorce in Florida, it may cause one of the partners to suffer financially as a result. In these situations, one former spouse may seek alimony (also called spousal support) from the other as part of the divorce proceedings. Alimony may come in a number of different forms,… Read More »

Florida Man Arrested for Owing $83,000 in Child Support

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

On July 8, the sheriff’s office in Ulster County, New York, arrested a Florida man on charges of failing to pay owed child support arrears of at least $83,000. Mohammad Hussain, a 51-year-old man from Orlando, was extradited  to Florida to face the charges. He was held in the county jail on a $50,000… Read More »