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Cohabitation Agreements In Florida

People are getting married less and less often in Florida. That doesn’t mean that people are not getting into relations where they rely on each other’s mutual promises, however. A relationship can be whatever you want it to be under Florida law and you can enforce the terms of that relationship in an oral or written cohabitation agreement. What Is...

What Are The Grounds For Divorce In Florida?

What are the grounds for Divorce in Florida? Before 1971 there were all sorts of grounds for divorce in Florida: Adultery, Cruelty, Violence, Desertion, etc.  Then the “no-fault” statute was passed that we live with today. Most states have a similar concept of “no fault divorce” which just means you don’t need some event like an affair or a physical...

Reverse Mortgages and Divorce in Naples, Florida

Reverse mortgages are a unique, government sponsored, FHA insured financial product that can be extremely useful in a divorce. Oftentimes, divorces are caused by extreme financial stress.  One party is constantly starting businesses, losing the business, gambling or spending every available dollar.  The marital home becomes a back-up savings account,...

What Is Required In A Petition For Modification Of Custody/Parenting Time In Naples, Florida?

In Naples, Florida, to modify an existing order that lays out the parenting time and/or custody of a child, it depends on what the circumstances are. There are three possible circumstances and I go into each below. Emergency Modification. If the child may be subject to physical harm or may be suffer from some type of harm which cannot be resolved...

Parenting Alone in Naples, Florida # 9 Whiz Kids Play Zone and Party Place

This is number 9 in my series of articles listing places to take kids when you have them for the day.  Whether you’re divorced, separated or just need a place to go, I hope these articles can give you the options you need to do kid friendly things in a not-so-kid-friendly city like Naples, Florida. I’m not just a lawyer, I’m also a dad. Sometimes you...

Common Law Marriage in Florida

Florida used to be a big, rural and empty state.  Folks would propose, have a little ceremony and just start living together.  Not everyone would go down to the court house to register their marriage.  These relationships were referred to as common law marriages in Florida.  Common law marriages are marriages that become legal after the couple lives...

My Spouse Is Pretending He/She Doesn’t Make Any Money To Avoid Paying Alimony. What can I do in the Naples, Florida courts to stop this?

Divorce is hard.  In fact, it’s devastating.  While some people distract themselves by throwing themselves into their work, others let their work suffer while they go through the divorce process.  So, your spouse may indeed be reflecting this life change in his or her financial situation.…And that’s the only thing positive I will say about a situation...

The Florida Divorce Court Process From Start To Finish

While most of my previous articles describe how Florida law is applied in a divorce case.  It is very difficult to describe accurately how the law is applied and when.  Below, I outline the entire Florida divorce court process in summary.  The actual Florida Family Law Rules Of Civil Procedure are 175 pages long and presume a great familiarity with...

If I Was Married In Another State Can I Still Get Divorced In Naples, Florida?

People often think where you got married matters in a divorce. As though different marriages are handed out in different states and countries and can only be divorced there.  When it comes to divorce, it does not matter where you got married. If you were married in any other state in the United States under the laws of that state, Florida will acknowledge...

What Documents Do You Need to Give your Florida Divorce Lawyer to Prepare a Prenuptial Agreement in Florida?

You’ve just gotten engaged or you are thinking seriously about marriage and getting married. A prenuptial agreement in Florida may be the last thing on your mind right now but, if it is, you need to know what documents you’ll need to give a Florida lawyer for a Florida prenuptial agreement (also known as a “prenup”). Maybe you or your family has some...

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