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What do I do if my license was suspended for not paying child support?

One of the most common child support enforcement moves in Florida is to suspend a person's driver's license. This can be detrimental to someone's livelihood and social life. So what can be ...
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What can I do if I am in an abusive relationship?

As past victims of domestic violence will tell you, it is hard to get out of an abusive relationship. There are many conflicting emotions, decisions, and considerations at play, but be assured that ...
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What do I do if the Magistrate made a mistake?

Magistrates, in Florida, are similar to judges. However, a Magistrate's rulings are not final until a higher judge reviews and approves them. Given this procedure, there is a way to sep in and ...
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Is Gay, Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Florida?

The answer as of now is yes. Gay, same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since January 6, 2015. Florida had a statutory ban on same-sex marriage since 1977 and passed a constitutional amendment ...
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How do I make sure I pay the smallest amount of child support allowable?

While every parent loves their kids, having to pay child support can be a major burden and cause animosity between your ex and your kids. While there are ways to reduce your support if you financial ...
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What does a "limited appearance" in family law cases mean?

Have a complicated hearing coming up in your divorce case? Don't even know where to begin? Don't have the financial resources to keep an attorney on a permanent retainer? Luckily, Florida law ...
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Do I have to have a DNA test in a Paternity case in Florida?

Everybody has heard of a paternity test, or DNA test, when trying to determine if a person is the father of a child. While this is the popular concept in paternity cases, a DNA test is not always ...
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Do I have to attend mediation in person in Sarasota and Manatee counties?

Any family law case, be it paternity, child visitation/custody, or divorce can be quite stressful and time-consuming. Hiring a lawyer can help to alleviate some of the stress and time issues. However, ...
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Why do I have to hand over my financial information in my Florida divorce or family law case?

Most people like to keep their personal finances to themselves. One's finances are often not shared even with one's closest friends and family. Given this, the reluctance to declare finances ...
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What do I do if I have an injunction against me and I have a pending paternity or divorce case in Florida?

While an injunction case and a paternity or divorce case are distinct and different, one can greatly effect the other. It is important that you address both of them together so they end up being ...
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What happens at a final divorce hearing in Florida?

So you've gone through the stressful process of figuring out what to do with your property after divorce. You've planned out the kids' lives for the foreseeable future. So what's next? ...
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Who should I call as a witness for my divorce and family law case?

While there are a lot of aspects to a divorce or other family law trial, one of the most important is which witnesses to call to testify on the stand. Like a criminal trial or a major civil trial, the ...
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How much does mediation cost in Sarasota and Manatee?

Mediation will likely be a necessary part of a divorce, paternity, or modification case. Many judges will not even set a case on their docket unless mediation has been completed. Naturally, mediation ...
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What is an Income Deduction Order?

Many individuals paying child support have difficulty now and then paying on time or paying at all. Whether it is a hectic schedule, forgetting to write a check, or just willfully not paying child ...
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What's the difference between an answer and a counter-petition?

Filings in a family law case can become confusing for non-attorneys. There are a lot of different types of filings that mean different things and have a different legal effect. Two things that are ...
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What county in Florida should I file my divorce case in?

A very important aspect to divorce cases is where to file the petition for dissolution. For Florida to have jurisdiction, at least one of the parties has to have lived in Florida for at least 6 ...
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Do divorces take a long time in Florida?

This is a complicated question to answer as the facts and circumstances are different in each case. Some parties have everything figured out before going into a divorce and sometimes one party has no ...
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What do I do if the other party, my spouse, will not hand over financial information in our divorce case?

Divorces are not generally a friendly process. There is a reason you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse no longer wish to be married. Even if the reason for the divorce is not an acrimonious one, the ...
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Gov. Scott Vetoes Alimony Bill (SB718)

Governor Scott has chosen not to sign SB718 and has vetoed the bill. The bill would drastically change the way Florida courts handle alimony in divorce cases. He stated that he does not agree with the ...
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SB718 (alimony bill) update

SB718, the bill that would change some alimony provisions of existing law, has been sent to Governor Scott. Governor Scott has not stated whether or not he will be signing the bill and remained silent ...
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What should I do if I do not think my kids are safe during visitation with my ex?

While everyone would like to think that their children will be absolutely safe with their other parent after a divorce or break-up, sometimes this is not the case. So what should you do if you do if ...
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Introducing Sarasota Transcriptionist Jennifer Silva and QuickSilva Legal Transcription

Transcriptionists take audio and/or written text (such as emails and text messages) and transcribe it into a legally recognized document that can often be used in formal legal proceedings. In ...
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Can I stop my divorce after I filed?

Many things happen during the course of divorce proceedings - good and bad. While most of the time parties squabble, on rare occassions parties also reconcile. When reconciliation occurs, what has to ...
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What changes if Florida's new alimony bill is passed?

The Florida legislature is looking to amend how the state views alimony and how and when judges are supposed to award it. SB 718 is currently making its way through the senate and looks likely to pass ...
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I do not know where my ex is, how can I get a divorce?

Divorces are time-consuming and complicated matters. The complexity of what you have to do to initiate dissolution proceedings is only further complicated when you do not know where your soon-to-be ex ...
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