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Why Settlements Are Advantageous For Many Divorces and Relationships With Shared Children…

For many cases, rather than going to trial, a marital settlement occurs that ends the case. Settlements serve as an alternative path from litigation through trial. Most settlements are achieved by negotiation between the attorneys and the parties agree to terms of settlement. In Family Law, settlements are very common in marital cases and paternity …

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What is Mandatory Disclosure and do I have to Comply?

Florida Family Law Rule 12.285 requires all parties involved in Florida divorce, paternity, modification and child support cases to comply with Mandatory Disclosure. Mandatory Disclosure can be an overwhelming process but is a huge part of the discovery process of a case. Petitioners have 45 days from the date the Respondent is served to provide the …

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No Job, No Child Support?

Child support in Florida is calculated using several factors and, in many cases, unemployment does not automatically mean that a parent gets a free pass from their child support obligations. Child Support Guidelines not only calculate the monthly child support obligation but dictate the overall share of support for each parent. Pay check stubs, medical …

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Why Am I Paying More in Child Support Than My Brother Who Earns a Similar Salary?

This is a common question we are asked almost on a weekly basis. The quickest answer is that the financial situation for each family or individual is different. Even the smallest difference can be a game changer. Calculating child support can be complex and encompasses various factors including income, specific deductions, expenses and the number of overnights …

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