Monthly Archives: October 2011

What is Collaborative Divorce About?

You may have heard of collaborative divorce, which is a new, innovative form of family law that puts people above process.  Courtesy of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, below you will find “Collaborative Practice at a Glance”: Encourages mutual … Continue reading

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Video: Confidential Information In Your Court File

The Florida Association of Court Clerks provides the following video regarding confidential information in court files:

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Child Custody and “Best Interests”

When a Florida family law judge makes a custody determination, the judge’s main concern is establishing a parenting plan that is in the best interests of a child.  The parenting plan will outline, among other things, parental responsibility (the authority … Continue reading

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Parenting Coordination: By the Numbers

Section 61.125, Florida Statutes, establishes an alternative form of dispute resolution, known as parenting coordination, for parents attempting to establish or implement a parenting plan.  This process involves a facilitator (referred to as a parenting coordinator) who is usually appointed … Continue reading

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What Is Your Former Spouse Thinking?

Over at the Huffington Post, Allison Pescosolido, M.A., and Andra Bosh, Ph.D., discuss why you may be a mistaken when you attempt to read into your former spouse’s actions.  Here is an example: Fiction: Your Ex has a new partner already, … Continue reading

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Family Law News: U.S. Congressman in Court over Back Child Support

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that U.S. Representative Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) will be in a family court because he has failed to pay ordered child support.  His former wife claims that the congressman is in arrears of $117,000.00, including interest, … Continue reading

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Divorce and “No Fault”

Since last year, New York, like Florida, has become a “no fault” divorce state.  Generally, this means that spouses don’t have to allege wrongdoing to have their marriage dissolved.  A petitioner simply has to allege that the marriage is broken … Continue reading

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Video: Kansas Capital Decriminalizes Domestic Violence

In a move that has unleashed outrage throughout the country, the Kansas’ capital city has repealed municipal criminal laws against domestic violence, resulting in suspects in domestic violence cases avoiding prosecution. In Florida, victims of domestic violence may file for … Continue reading

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When Is Permanent Alimony Not Permanent? When There Has Been A Substantial Change In Circumstances.

When a judge orders a spouse to pay permanent periodic alimony, he or she may feel resigned to a lifetime of indebtedness to the one person he or she is trying to forget about. It’s that word, “permanent,” that seems … Continue reading

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Tips on Communicating with a Divorcing Friend or Relative

When a friend or relative is going through a divorce, you may be unsure how to handle sensitive situations.  For example, what if you are friends with a divorcing couple, and the wife expects you to pick a side?  How do … Continue reading

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