What Does it Take to Modify Child Support or Alimony in Florida?

One of the only constants in life is change. In fact, according to the Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, change is life’s only constant. Many individuals who have been divorced—and especially those with children—know what life’s changes can do to child support and alimony orders in the divorce decree. Sometimes, a significant change can make it impossible to satisfy the requirements in a court order. In that Read More

Domestic Violence Injunctions for Protection in Florida

Before reading past this paragraph, please understand that this blog will cover a restraining order for domestic violence in Florida, which is legally referred to as an “Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence.” We will take a deeper dive into Florida’s definition of domestic violence and how to request a domestic violence injunction below, but this blog will not cover the other types of restraining Read More

Tools for Mental Health Awareness Month

Around one in five Americans has a diagnosed mental illness, and plenty more have not been formally diagnosed but continue to silently struggle through life. Though society has made significant strides toward de-stigmatizing mental illness in the past decade, there is still plenty of work to do. It’s also no secret that COVID-19 has deteriorated the nation’s collective mental health in the past year. Heather Bryan Read More

The Administrative License Driving Procedure in Florida

After you or someone close to you is arrested for DUI, your mind is (rightfully) on the upcoming criminal case and the consequences of a DUI conviction. At the same time, though, the driver’s license of the person arrested is subject to an administrative suspension. Fortunately, there may be a way to get temporary driving privileges that may be used for business purposes only.  These include: commuting to work, Read More

What is a Duty of Care, and How Does it Tie into Your Personal Injury Case?

Whether you suffered a serious personal injury due to a slip and fall, a car accident, medical malpractice, a defective product, or other cause, you will have to show that these four conditions apply to your case:  The defendant owed you a certain duty of care; The defendant breached the duty of care that you were owed; The event that caused your injuries resulted from the breach; and  You are eligible for damages Read More

What Makes an Uncontested Divorce Become Contested?

No two divorces in Florida are identical. Some couples have been married decades, own multiple homes, and have adult children. Other couples looking for a dissolution of marriage (the legal term in Florida for divorce) have only been married for a couple of years and never seriously considered having children together. And, of course, there are countless couples in between.  What every divorce has in common is that Read More

Do You Have Enough Coverage For a Serious Car Accident?

Many Floridians assume the answer to the question posed in this blog’s title is, “yes.” After all, Florida law requires you to have a minimum amount of insurance coverage in order to lawfully drive a car in the state. Isn’t that enough?  Unfortunately, it’s not enough in many cases. Florida drivers are required to carry only $10,000 worth of personal injury protection (PIP) and the same amount in personal damage Read More

Filing for Emergency Pick-Up Orders in Florida

Just about every family court in the country recognizes the benefits of having both parents involved in the lives of their children. Only in rare circumstances should one parent be denied physical access to his or her children. In even rarer circumstances should children be taken away from the physical care of a parent, but it does happen. Florida parents have a few options for filing for an emergency pick up of Read More

WHAT IS A SCORESHEET AS IT RELATES TO THE FLORIDA CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM?

The past few days, hours, and minutes have certainly been a whirlwind if you or someone you love has been arrested on felony charges. You’re understandably terrified of what the future holds, and you probably have more questions than answers. Take a few deep breaths; you’re in the right place.  One of the first things you need to know about felony charges is that the prosecution is required to fill out what’s Read More

Mandatory Disclosures: What are they and do I have to do them?

Well, the answer to the second part is in the title...they are "mandatory." Mandatory disclosures are documents, mainly financial in nature, that must be disclosed to the opposing party in a family case.  The disclosure of these documents is required by the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.  It is an automatic disclosure, meaning the other party does not have to ask for you to disclose them.   These documents Read More