What You Need to Know Before Filing a Restraining Order

October 13, 2022
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domestic violence & divorce

Although there are many reasons people have for filing injunctions in Florida, one of the most common is due to domestic abuse or domestic violence. If you are a victim, you have the right to file a restraining order against your abuser. However, it is not as easy as it may appear which is why,…

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Relative Issues in Today’s Families

September 27, 2022
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stepmom and child

Families form in many ways in today’s world. Relationships between siblings these days are more varied than ever before with marriage, divorce and adoption. This can lead to many legal questions regarding family and relative issues. As a family law firm who offers divorce, child custody, and adoption services, here are some situations we have…

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Temporary Custody of Grandchildren

September 13, 2022
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temporary custody with a grandparent

For most, being a grandparent is fun and stress-free. However, when we see our children are not providing a safe or quality life for our grandchildren, it is heartbreaking and stressful. As a parent, you know the bond you have with your children and them with you. As a grandparent, you want what is best…

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Tips for a Successful Divorce Mediation

August 25, 2022
divorce mediation

As Florida law now requires you to try divorce through mediation or collaboration before appearing in front of a judge (in most cases), going into talks with someone you no longer care to be around can feel daunting. However, as a mediation divorce attorney, we have some tips to help you have successful divorce mediation…

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Steps of a Collaborative Divorce

August 18, 2022
collaborative divorce

If you are planning to file for divorce in Pinellas County, or elsewhere in Florida, you will need to try either collaboration or mediation before taking your divorce to court. Collaborative divorce is a great option if you want and need the input of a divorce attorney throughout the process. Here are the steps you…

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Recommendations for Child Custody

July 28, 2022
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family custody

A divorce with children means figuring out a time-sharing agreement, also known as child custody. Although there was a time when the mother had primary custody and the father got visitation, that is no longer the norm. In Pinellas County, and throughout Florida, we are seeing more equal sharing of custody between parents than ever…

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Should My Child Have Input to Our Timesharing Agreement?

July 14, 2022
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family custody

In Pinellas County, and throughout Florida, the courts try to award joint custody arrangement with each parent having significant quality time with their children. Sometimes that means a 50/50 timesharing agreement, other times it looks a little different. However, it is not uncommon for a client to ask us whether their child’s desires can or…

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When DNA Testing Uncovers Hidden Truths

June 23, 2022
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DNA testing fatherhood

There was a time, not too long ago, when determining paternity cost thousands of dollars. Now for less than $100 families all over the world are discovering hidden truths. Sometimes new connections bring joy, other times, broken hearts. When you discover that you are not the biological father of a child you love and are…

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Legitimizing Paternity in Florida

June 15, 2022
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paternity - daughter & dad

It is often surprising to fathers who have a child out of wedlock that the State of Florida does not automatically grant them any rights, even if they are named as the father on the birth certificate. When a child is born out of wedlock, the mother is the guardian and has legal custody. That…

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How to Help the Ukrainian People

May 23, 2022
Ukraine help

The situation in Ukraine is horrifying, sad and unbelievable. Although we are a continent away and certainly hope that this conflict ends soon, the people of Ukraine need help more than ever. If you are wondering what you can do to help the Ukrainian people, we have some suggestions as well as some things to…

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