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Can I file for a Divorce in Florida? Mon, Dec 30, 2013 The above question is really the starting point in all cases, including a family law case, such as a dissolution of marriage or otherwise known as a divorce.  When I am consulting with a person regarding a dissolution of marriage case, the firs... Read More

Alimony and Taxes Mon, Nov 25, 2013 A question I get often during consultations in dissolution of marriage cases is what are the tax implications for paying or receiving alimony or spousal support. The presumption under the IRS Regulations is that alimony paid is a tax deduction for t... Read More

But Honestly Uncle Sam, I did not know... Wed, Oct 16, 2013 Family law is constantly evolving and embraces many areas of the law other than just matrimonial litigation and issues of support, parenting/timesharing, and equitable distribution. Tax issues often figure prominently in a divorce and include issues... Read More

Keep on Truckin’....
Keep on Truckin’.... Tue, Sep 17, 2013 Effective July 1, 2013, Florida Law 322.2615 was amended and now provides that, in certain circumstances, a driver who is facing an administrative suspension of his or her driving privileges due to a first time arrest for a driving under the influenc... Read More

To File or Not To File, That Is The Question... Tue, Aug 06, 2013 In my practice of family law, I am often asked during consults by prospective clients, who have been served with divorce papers, if they need to file a written response to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.  My first and immediate respon... Read More

Thank You For Your DNA Mon, Jul 01, 2013 The United States Supreme Court, in last month’s decision of King v. Maryland , ruled that law enforcement has the right, and it is not a violation of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, to take a  swab of DNA from a person arreste... Read More

"But I Need To Drive!" Tue, May 28, 2013 One of the most important aspects of being a criminal defense attorney is to make sure that my client is aware of and understands the collateral consequences a criminal conviction can have for them. It can have a ripple effect for many reasons, and&... Read More

“But I’m on the Birth Certificate, so my rights to the child as the Dad are protected, right?” Wed, Apr 24, 2013 As a family law attorney, I hear the above question in some form or fashion quite often, and the short answer is no. If you are not married, and you have a child as an unwed father, simply having your name on the child’s birth certificate as t... Read More

"Can the cops search my mobile device without a warrant?" Tue, Mar 19, 2013 One of the cornerstones of our legal protections in our society, the right to be free from search and seizure by the government unless and until the issuance of a search warrant by the court upon a finding of probable cause, may soon have applicatio... Read More

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