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There are good surprises… and then there are bad surprises. Getting served divorce papers seemingly out of the blue? Definitely a bad surprise. An unexpected divorce can leave you reeling. It’s like being on an emotional roller coaster of twists, turns and steep drop-offs. Processing a difficult event like this takes time, but even knowing...
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By: ROBERT S. SINGER GENERAL MAGISTRATE OF THE 11TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT After spending 38 years as a litigator and almost 12 years on the bench I have a few thoughts that you may find helpful in your family law litigation practice. The first things that a judge sees when he or she reviews the file are...
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Florida law does not require divorcing couples to undergo couples counseling prior to filing for divorce. The only criteria in a no-fault divorce state like Florida is that the marriage is deemed “irretrievably broken.”  That does not mean, however, that marital counseling won’t be required once the divorce proceeding is underway.  Instances When Counseling May...
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As parents, you are responsible for your child’s health and well-being until they are 18 years of age, and while every parent wants what’s best for their children, the definition of what’s considered “best” can be up for interpretation.  Divorced parents who have decidedly different stances on what is right for their child in terms...
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If you’re considering divorce, you may be wondering if there is an advantage to being the first to file with the Florida courts.  From a legal perspective, the answer is no. As a no-fault state for divorce, either party can file for divorce (and will be responsible for paying the filing fees), and the only...
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The New Year offers opportunity for reflection and is a time when many of us take stock of our lives and our relationships. While the decision to get divorced is not something you decide on a whim one New Year’s Day, the New Year is an opportune time to move ahead with the divorce process. ...
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