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Why Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Florida is a no-fault divorce law state, and this fact may make you think you don’t need a lawyer for your divorce, but you might want to think again. Everyone facing divorce should have a divorce lawyer on their side – and not just any lawyer, but the right lawyer....

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Common Causes of Truck Accidents In Florida

Commercial trucks were involved in about 121,000 injury-causing crashes in a recent year, and these accidents can happen at any time in the Brandon area. Injured victims need to determine who was at fault for the accident so they can seek the compensation they deserve, and this begins with identifying...

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How Long Do You Have to be Married to Pay Alimony?

If you are getting divorced and there is a discrepancy in financial resources between you and your spouse, you might worry that you will have to pay alimony. Alimony involves one spouse having to pay their former spouse a certain monthly amount in support for a specified period of time...

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Why Is Florida Referred to as a Mother State?

Florida is known as a “Mother State” for reasons relating to how the state treats mothers compared to fathers, especially those in unwed parental situations. If you have questions about your parental rights or how to exercise them, contact a Brandon family lawyer as soon as possible. What Rights Do...

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Concurrent Custody in Florida

Even among caring and able parents who offer nothing but the best for their child, there comes a time in life they may seek help from a relative or another person to help take care of the child. In many cases, this may be as simple as asking a relative...

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How to Divorce from an Abusive Partner

2020 was a difficult year for most of us, but it was particularly challenging for individuals who suffered domestic violence and partner abuse. Research indicates that there was an alarming trend of domestic violence within households in Florida and across the United States due to more time spent at home,...

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Florida Passes ‘Child Safety Alarm’ bill

In recent years, we have seen more and more headlines regarding the tragic deaths of children left in vehicles in hot temperatures throughout the State of Florida. Heatstroke has been the cause of death for too many children, including while in the care of childcare workers. Now, Floridians took action...

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Understanding Child Support Enforcement in FL

Whether you pay or receive child support, it likely makes a significant difference in your financial situation. If you depend on child support to cover your child’s expenses, it can be stressful if you do not receive payments as you should. There are ways that parents can enforce child support...

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Can patients recover from TBIs?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from trauma to the head or violent shaking of the head that damages brain tissue. There is a wide range of effects of a TBI, which depend on the severity and location of the brain damage. While some people make a full recovery, others...

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Is there any advantage to divorcing first?

If you and your spouse are having difficulties, you both might be thinking about a possible divorce. Some people take the initiative and file the divorce petition, while others might wait until their spouse takes this step. One question our Brandon divorce attorneys often hear is whether there is an...

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What is Florida’s Comparative Negligence Rule?

In some injury-causing accidents, one party is clearly to blame, and the other party did nothing wrong. The at-fault party would then be liable for all of the losses of the injured victim. However, not every case is this black and white. In some injury cases, two or more parties...

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Is Permanent Alimony Coming to an End in FL?

Alimony is a contentious issue in many divorce cases. If one spouse cannot support themselves directly following a divorce, alimony might be awarded to provide financial support in accordance with Florida law. However, the Florida House and Senate are each considering alimony reform bills that seek to eliminate one type...

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Types of PI Damages You Can Recover in FL

Thousands of Florida residents suffer different injuries resulting from other people’s negligence each year. In these situations, the party or parties responsible for causing the accident and injuries should be held fully liable for all of the losses that injury victims incurred. It is important to seek help from an...

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Steps to Modifying Time-sharing Plans in FL

It is common for a child time-sharing plan put into place years before to no longer work for you and your child. Maybe you or your child have schedule or activity changes that make the current plan impractical or impossible to follow. Perhaps you have more serious concerns for your...

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Does Florida Recognize Common Law Marriage?

Some couples might not have had a wedding, but they have been together for so long that it feels like they are married. In some situations, they might refer to each other as husband and wife and might live as a married couple. In some states, this might qualify as...

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Can a Spouse Hide Assets During Divorce?

The division of assets is one of the most concerning and stressful facets of divorce. If you’re currently facing a divorce, you might wonder if you can hide assets or if your soon-to-be-ex-spouse is hiding assets. These are typical concerns that our Brandon divorce lawyers deal with every day. To...

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What is High Conflict Divorce?

Many divorcing spouses experience conflict on a regular basis, and such conflict might have been persisting for months or even years. However, some couples decide to set their differences aside during the divorce process to try to reach out-of-court agreements to lower the time, stress, and cost of their divorce....

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Types of Compensation for a Car Accident

Car accidents can disrupt your day – and even your entire life. The aftermath of a crash does not end after you exchange information or speak with the police. Instead, you can feel the effects of an accident for weeks, months, or even years to come. The law recognizes that...

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How Do Taxes Change After a Divorce?

Having your divorce finalized can change a lot of aspects of your life, including your finances, your time with your children, and your future opportunities. One thing that divorce will certainly change is your taxes. With the end of the tax year upon us, and tax filing season approaching, it...

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How do Spouses Divide a Business in a Divorce?

When you get divorced, you will need to figure out how to share custody of your children, what will happen to the family home, and much more. The situation can become significantly more difficult if you and your spouse own a business together. In this day and age, more and...

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Hiding assets in a divorce

Florida law requires divorcing spouses to fairly divide (or “equitably distribute”) their marital property. This includes income earned and property acquired during the marriage. The outcome of marital property distribution can impact your financial future, so you want to ensure that you receive the fair distribution of property that you...

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Factors That Affect Spousal Support

Divorce can have a major impact on your financial situation in many different ways. In some situations, one spouse earns significantly more than the other, and one spouse may even be out of the workforce completely. Florida law recognizes that one spouse might lose income they have depended on, and...

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Can Cheating Have an Impact on Alimony Payments?

Florida law does not allow fault-based divorce, which means one spouse cannot legally base a divorce on adultery. However, this does not mean that adultery will never play a role in a divorce case. This is because the court may consider adultery as a factor when making determinations regarding alimony...

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How Long Do I have to Pay Alimony in Florida?

When one spouse requests alimony in a divorce case, the other spouse might naturally be concerned about how paying alimony is going to impact their financial situation. Specifically, they will likely wonder how much they will have to pay and for how long. The amount of alimony will depend largely...

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Benefits of Hiring a PI Lawyer

If you sustain injuries in an accident, you might wonder whether it is necessary to hire a personal injury lawyer. While it is never required for you to have legal representation, there are certainly many benefits to doing so. The following are only some of the many ways the right...

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Is it Difficult to Update Alimony Payments in FL?

When you got divorced, and the judge ordered you to pay alimony, the order was based on your circumstances and finances at that time. However, we all know that financial situations can change quickly and significantly, and many people in the Brandon area experienced this in 2020. Whether you lost...

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Is Homeschooling the Better Option?

As schools begin for the 2020-21 term, there is a huge weight on parents to make the best decisions for their family’s health, well-being, finances, and sanity in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some parents are sending their children to in-person school, while others are opting for online teaching or...

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Can the Court Control My Relocation as a Separated Parent?

Absent specific legal issues (such as probation or parole), adults in the United States should be able to live where they wish to. Adults move regularly, often relocating to a new state, or even across the country. While adults should have this freedom, it is not this simple for parents...

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Is Permanent Alimony in FL Coming to an End?

Once again, the Florida legislature began considering an alimony reform bill that aims to significantly limit awards of permanent alimony. Legislators have repeatedly been proposing bills to amend the state’s laws regarding spousal support in a divorce, and this attempt has stalled in the Senate once again due to certain...

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Electronically Signed Documents Hold Up in Court

In the wake of COVID-19, we find ourselves living in an altered world in which conducting virtual business is becoming the norm. Part of this means that we’re leaning on electronic signatures far more heavily than ever before. In order to be legally enforceable, our written agreements must be signed...

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Can an Arrest Impact Your Custody Rights?

Florida courts make custody determinations (called time-sharing and parenting determinations under Florida law) based on what the judge finds is in the best interests of the child. Many factors should be examined and considered when making custody decisions, including the criminal history of each parent. Many parents wonder whether or...

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Legal Separation Isn’t Recognized in Florida

Many spouses might know their marriages are not working, though they might not want to rush to the courthouse seeking a divorce. Some couples think there might be the possibility of reconciliation, while others never want to get divorced for religious or other reasons. Such situations might lead spouses to...

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How to Deal with Domestic Violence in a Divorce

There are many reasons why marriages end, and domestic violence is a common one. When a spouse becomes abusive, many people realize it is time to leave the marriage, though doing so can seem like a difficult – if not insurmountable – endeavor. How will domestic violence impact your divorce...

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The Dangers of Parental Alienation During a Divorce

There is no doubt that divorce can be difficult on children, even if parents do everything they can to shield children from the drama and show them they are loved. In some situations, one parent might make the situation more complicated and emotionally challenging for a child if they engage...

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Parents Timesharing Children During Quarantine

Sharing physical custody – which is called timesharing under Florida law – can be challenging in many ways. Not only do you miss your child when they are not with you but juggling complicated and changing schedules can be practically difficult. This is true even if you can cooperate and...

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Does Cheating Have an Impact on Alimony Payments?

The State of Florida is a no-fault state meaning that you do not have to give a reason for wanting a divorce, other than the marriage is irretrievably broken. However, this does not mean that a spouse’s adultery can never play a role in a divorce case. A court may...

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How are Pets Handled in a Divorce?

For many people, a pet is a cherished member of the family. Some married couples consider their pets to be like children, especially if they do not have any children or they have an empty nest. If a couple decides to get divorced, each spouse may feel entitled to keep...

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Who Gets to Keep the House in a Divorce?

In Florida, the court cannot finalize a divorce until several issues are addressed. One of those issues that arises in every divorce case is how spouses will divide their property, assets, and debts. Florida is known as an “equitable distribution” state, which means that the law requires spouses to divide...

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Benefits of Divorce Planning

In some situations, your spouse may file for divorce without any prior warnings or indications. If this happens, you should act immediately by contacting an experienced Brandon divorce lawyer who can ensure you properly respond to the divorce petition and take the steps needed to protect your rights. On the...

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The Challenges of Divorcing an Addict

When a spouse or partner engages in threatening or harmful behavior, your first priority should be your safety and the safety of your children. Fortunately, Florida law allows domestic violence victims to seek injunctions for protection, commonly known in some areas as “restraining orders.” There are specific procedures to follow,...

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