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Divorce, Religion, and Child-Rearing

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Some of the world’s most devastating conflicts have arisen over religion. It should come as no surprise that, during the already fraught process of obtaining a divorce, many parents of differing faiths find it all but impossible to reach a suitable compromise on the manner and extent of their child’s religious education. Courts will… Read More »

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Bills under Consideration Would Alter Court’s Options to Enforce Child Support Payment, Calculation of Alimony

By Crystal C. Spencer |

The Florida state legislature is currently considering two bills relevant to divorce and custody in Florida. One would modify the manner in which Florida courts can sanction parents who have failed to pay child support. The other would alter how alimony is calculated after a divorce. Court’s ability to automatically revoke nonpaying parent’s driver’s… Read More »

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Consider These Tips if Separating from Your Spouse

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Making the choice to divorce from a spouse requires serious consideration and time. Many couples elect to spend a period of time separated before filing for divorce to be sure that they wish to end their marriage. It’s important to enter a separation thoughtfully and with adequate planning to make the separation as painless… Read More »

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Proving Income of a Self-Employed Spouse

By Crystal C. Spencer |

There are many reasons why the parties to a divorce are required to produce complete and truthful financial disclosures to the court. Income and asset information is used to calculate spousal maintenance, child support payments, and a fair division of marital assets. If your spouse has a traditional, salaried job and does not earn… Read More »

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Questions and Answers on Injunctions for Protection against Domestic Violence

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Intimate relationships can be sources of great joy, but when those relationships sour, they can bring fear and violence into spouses or partners’ lives. It is not unheard of for a spouse to lash out with threats or violence after the other spouse files for divorce. If you have been threatened with or subjected… Read More »

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January One of the Most Popular Months for Divorce

By Crystal C. Spencer |

While resolutions made in the new year don’t always last much longer than the month of January itself, there is a natural instinct to evaluate one’s contentment and satisfaction with life at the start of a new year. For a number of unhappy couples, this means deciding that the time has come to end… Read More »

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Motions for Contempt & Enforcement in Florida Family Court

By Crystal C. Spencer |

When the judge in your family court case has ruled on a given issue, these rulings will be memorialized in a written order and officially entered. Once the court’s order is entered, it becomes legally binding on the parties before the court. If either party fails to obey the terms included in the order,… Read More »

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Court of Appeals Considers Imputed Income in Child Support Calculation

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Calculating monthly alimony and child support payments can be a challenge when the spouse that the court has designated as the paying spouse is unemployed. Florida’s Court of Appeal for the Second District recently issued an opinion in the case titled Back v. Back, which discussed when it is appropriate for a court to… Read More »

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Divorce When You’re a Parent of a Special-Needs Child

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Being the parent of a child with special needs brings with it a blend of challenges and joys. This intense experience can make sustaining a marriage even more challenging, and studies have shown that couples raising a special-needs child tend to divorce at a higher rate than do other couples. Due to the complexity… Read More »

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The Role of the Social Investigator in Florida Custody Disputes

By Crystal C. Spencer |

The most challenging part of a divorce where children are involved is determining where those children will live after the split, and how much visitation time the other parent will have with the children. While it may be ideal for parents to reach a consensus on these issues without going to court, often spouses… Read More »

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