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Does Child Support Cover Your Kid’s Extracurricular Activities?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Raising children is expensive enough considering the cost of food and housing. On top of that, extracurricular activities for children seem to grow as the kids do. Sports fees, music, and dance lessons, band, equipment, travel on the weekend to competitions, horseback riding, scouts, it all adds up. How does Florida view these activities… Read More »

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How Mediation Differs from Litigation During a Florida Divorce

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Mediation is an alternative to a trial that is often used for a more peaceable dissolution of a marriage. Mediation may not be appropriate for every case, but if it works for your situation, it can be a way to negotiate your issues and concerns with the help of a neutral third party to… Read More »

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Prenuptial Agreements for Lower & Middle Income Couples

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Since about half of all marriages end in divorce, more if it is a second or third marriage, it is advisable to consider what a prenuptial or premarital agreement might provide. Florida is not a community property state. A division of property is supposed to be “fair and equitable”, but it does not necessarily… Read More »

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The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce

By Crystal C. Spencer |

You married your spouse, intending to be together for life.  But then life happens. Almost half of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. For second or third marriages, the rates go up, 60 and 73 percent, respectively. While some states require a formal separation before filing for divorce, Florida has no statute… Read More »

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How Will Parenting Plans be Impacted by the Coronavirus?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Crystal Collins Spencer, founder of Spencer Law, wants to assure everyone that the office is taking your safety very seriously as we all confront the unprecedent COVID-19 virus. We are open for appointments and keep our office sanitized. If you prefer, we can schedule your appointment via conference call or video conferencing. Parenting and… Read More »

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Do I Have to Pay Child Support While My Child is in College?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

College costs can be exorbitant. A growing number of college graduates have huge student loan burdens, and a shrinking number of parents are able to cover their children’s college expenses. This challenging situation becomes even more complex when you factor in divorce and child support. If you are going through a divorce or you… Read More »

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What is a Guardian Ad Litem in Florida?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

A guardian ad litem in Florida is an advocate for children that are dealing with difficult situations. Many of the children have lived in households where they were neglected or abused in some way. In some instances, the biological parents are losing custody of the child or one biological parent is attempting to have… Read More »

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