Attention Florida Business Owners Facing Divorce

If you are a business owner, and you are considering divorce, read this first. Under to Florida Statute 61.075, property owned by you and your spouse falls in one of two categories: marital or nonmarital. Specifically, marital property typically includes: Assets and liabilities accrued during your marriage, whether accrued individually or jointly. The enhancement of […]

How do I Protect My Assets in a Divorce?

Divorce requires a division of assets acquired during the marriage, so you can’t keep every asset you own out of your spouse’s hands. Knowing that, is there any way to protect your assets in Divorce? Obtain a Prenuptial Agreement A prenuptial agreement is an agreement between future spouses that sets forth the rights and obligations […]

Does it Matter if My spouse had an Affair in a Florida Divorce?

Most states are “no-fault” divorce states. This traditional grounds (or reasons) like adultery, cruelty, or abandonment are not required to obtain a divorce. Simply state your reason for divorce and the court will accept it. That doesn’t mean, however that bad behavior is without consideration in your divorce. Under Florida’s Equitable Distribution Statute 61.075, any […]

How Much Alimony Can I Receive From My Divorce?

Alimony is one of the most hotly contested issues in a divorce. Some cases can carry on for years because spouses cannot agree on alimony. Under Florida Statute 61.08, the amount of Alimony you can receive from your divorce depends on several factors starting with: Need: First, the court must determine whether or not you […]

Will I have to pay Alimony if I get Divorced in Florida?

One of the more common questions we receive from clients is: “Will I have to pay alimony if I get divorced?” Unfortunately, that question is not easily answered. Having to pay alimony in Florida depends on several factors unique to your personal divorce case. To help you understand how alimony works in most Florida divorce […]

Who Is at Fault When Nobody’s to Blame?

One of the questions asked most during initial consultations is: “Does my spouse’s infidelity matter?”  It’s a fair question, given the pain infidelity can cause.  While televisions shows like “Jerry Springer” and “Cheaters” make light of spouses who don’t honor their vows, for the cheater’s other half the issue isn’t funny and demands attention. Without […]

“MIRRORING” – and Its Application in the Law

By Family Law Mediator and Attorney Ronald L. Sims Psychologists have a time-honored vehicle to enhance communication. It’s called “mirroring.” The procedure is simple in theory, but may be slightly difficult in application. The first speaker makes a statement, and the second speaker “mirrors” that statement by repeating it verbatim. Sounds easy enough. Let’s try […]

Family Law and the Golden Rule of treating Family Law Clients

By Family Law Attorney Tom Marks I have been practicing family law in Orlando for about 27 years now and I continue to be amazed at how poorly some lawyers treat their clients. These types of divorce attorneys tend to treat their clients as a “one time transaction.” This has many adverse consequences for the […]

Be Better Than Unselfish!

In this age of moral relativism, where “tolerance” is the watchword of the day, taking a strong stand has become taboo. But one of the few virtues most people remain willing to endorse (verbally at least!) is unselfishness. If you told Jay Leno’s “man on the street” that he should live a selfless life, he […]

How to be a Great Family Law Client

Meeting with and hiring an attorney can be a scary and difficult process. Most people (thankfully) don’t have much experience with lawyers and legal issues, and your first experience can be intimidating. Taking these things to heart will make your lawyer’s job easier and will enhance your overall experience with the legal system. Maintain Reasonable […]