Monthly Archives: January 2011

Spanish-Language Video on Children and Divorce

As I wrote in my previous post, the Virgina State Bar Association’s Family Law Section produced a video entitled “Spare the Child” which discusses how to safeguard the emotional well-being of children during divorce and other family law proceedings.  The … Continue reading

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Helping Children Cope With Divorce

The Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section has produced a video which discusses the impact of divorce on children and how parents can go about easing the transition.  The video, entitled “Spare the Child,” utilizes personal stories and everyday language … Continue reading

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Restraining Orders in Florida

Florida law provides for four different types of violence-related restraining orders–also known as “injunctions”–for various circumstances:  (i) domestic violence; (ii) sexual violence; (iii) dating violence; and (iv) repeat violence.  The following video from the Pinellas County Clerk of the Court … Continue reading

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Pasco County Offers Complimentary Wedding Ceremony on Valentine’s Day

Pasco County is helping couples celebrate Valentine’s Day by offering a complimentary group wedding ceremony.  The ceremony, which will be held at the Historic Courthouse, located at 37918 Meridian Avenue in Dade City, begins at 2:00 p.m. Marriage licenses must … Continue reading

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Pinellas County Seventh Annual Adoption Day Video

Below is a video from ABC Action News which follows one family through Pinellas County’s Seventh Annual Day of Adoption (November 2010):

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Local Family Law Judge Appointed Chair of Florida Supreme Court Committee

Judge Samantha L. Ward of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough County) was recently appointed as chair of the Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases.  Prior to joining the family law bench in 2009, Judge Ward … Continue reading

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Diana Mercer: 10 Best Ways to Screw Up Your Divorce

The Huffington Post offers an intriguing read entitled 10 Best Ways to Screw Up Your Divorce.  This article, authored by a mediator and former family law attorney, explains how to waste money and minimize your opportunity for a successful outcome.  It … Continue reading

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Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (known as the “UCCJEA”) is the body of law that provides Florida courts with authority to rule on issues of child custody.  In virtually every family law proceeding that involves child custody–including … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Incivility

As family law litigants should always treat the opposing party with respect, so should attorneys treat opposing counsel.  In fact, under Florida Bar Rule 4-8.4(d), attorneys are prohibited from “disparag[ing]…litigants, jurors, witnesses, court personnel, or other lawyers on any basis.”  However, some … Continue reading

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The Consequences of Financial Infidelity

An interesting clip from Tantao News on a poll concerning financial dishonesty in marriage:

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