Monthly Archives: October 2014

Relocations from the Judge’s Perspective

Relocations from the Judge’s Perspective Parent and child relocation cases are some of the most challenging. If denied, a parent may be forced to move without their child. If granted, a parent is crushed, a child could be harmed, and there is a timesharing schedule to work out. Judge Sally D.M. Kest is a judge in Orange County. She recently published an Continue Reading...

Custody and Courtroom Demeanor

Custody and Courtroom Demeanor How you speak, dress and act can impact the outcome in a custody case. Judges use their intuition to size up a witness. Being aware of that can be critical. For one mother who lost custody, the judge’s perception of her credibility seemed to have been the key issue in her case. I’ve written about courtroom etiquette before. Continue Reading...

Violating Probation in Miami

Violating Probation in Miami In the aftermath of a crime, a defendant accused of that crime who is convicted or agrees to a plea deal will often face a sentence that includes probation. Probation may follow a prison term or may be the sentence itself that allows the defendant to avoid jail time. Probation provides a major stepping stone for Continue Reading...

Failed to Report to Your Probation Officer, Now What?

  Failed to Report to Your Probation Officer, Now What? Probation violations are serious. By ignoring or refusing your probation obligations, you could find yourself back in jail finishing out the rest of your sentence — and then some. Whether you didn’t report to your probation officer in person or you didn’t check-in over the phone, failing to report may trigger Continue Reading...

Arrested for Domestic Violence in Florida? What happens now?

Arrested for Domestic Violence in Florida? What happens now? Due to the political nature of domestic violence, a domestic battery charge is treated differently than most other crimes. Therefore, it is important that you speak with an experienced domestic violence attorney about the facts of your particular case. The following are some frequently asked questions regarding domestic violence arrests: Can Continue Reading...

I have a Domestic Battery Case and a Restraining Order Case from the same incident. Why are there two cases?

I have a Domestic Battery Case and a Restraining Order Case from the same incident. Why are there two cases? Although the cases may involve the same incident and will most likely overlap, they are two separate and distinct cases. One civil, one criminal, with different standards of proof. What is the difference between the two cases? Criminal domestic violence Continue Reading...

How does child support collections in FL work?

 How does child support collections in FL work? In the State of Florida, the Child Support Program has been administered by the Florida Department of Revenue since 1994. The departmental staff oversees support services for all aspects of the program in most counties. Currently there are only two counties that do not fall under the department’s jurisdiction; Miami-Dade and Manatee Continue Reading...

What you should know about retirement accounts and divorce?

What should you know about retirement accounts and divorce? Couples that are going through a divorce and have money invested in retirement plans will typically be required by the court to share these assets between them. In some cases, these shared assets may be given to one of the parties instead of being split between both parties. In these situations, having a Continue Reading...

The Four Types of Alimony in Florida

The Four Types of Alimony in FloridaIn the state of Florida alimony is categorized into four types. They are called durational, rehabilitative, permanent and bridge-the-gap. What type is awarded by the courts is generally dependent on the length of the marriage before the dissolution took place and the financial needs and abilities of both parties. Payments may be made in Continue Reading...

Child Custody Issues Can Become Sticky Situations

Child Custody Issues Can Become Sticky Situations When parents seek a divorce, many factors help decide the child custody arrangements, but Florida courts are most interested in safeguarding the best interests of the child. The premise is that children can become quite disrupted by divorce, but providing as much stability and continuity as possible is vital to a child’s daily Continue Reading...
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