Financial Disclosure

In every divorce there is going to be a financial settlement that must be approved by the court. Even if the parties agree that each will take what they own and agree not to have either pay the other anything, that is still a financial settlement. In order to approve...

How much alimony?

In a prior blog I dealt with the types of alimony. But how much alimony will I have to pay or how much alimony will I receive? There are no charts or statutes that specify the amount. There are only general guidelines in the case law and statutes. The basic model...

Jurisdiction

In Florida, the court will not have jurisdiction (legal authority) to enter a dissolution of marriage or divorce until at least one of the two parties has been a resident of Florida for six months. This means that if a couple moves here and decides that the marriage...

RELOCATION

In any divorce or paternity action the question of relocation comes up: Can I move away with my child? If there is no pending action or court order entered dealing with the custody and control of the child, you may move anywhere. Once an action is filed regarding the...

Alimony

In most divorces, the question of alimony comes up. Will I or he or she be entitled to alimony? If so how much? There are several different types of alimony and each is based upon the needs of the recipient and the ability of the other party to pay. A party may have a...

Child Support

Once a parenting schedule is in place (see my blog on Child Custody), child support can be calculated. It must be calculated in a specific fashion and the parents may not agree to waive that obligation. The right to receive support belongs to the child and the...

Child Custody

When people divorce, the first question that comes up is “Who gets custody of the children?” Today in Florida, the answer is “No one gets custody.” The reason for this is that Florida has done away with the legal concept of custody of children....