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Category: Divorce & Family Law

The important distinction between wedding and engagement rings is that the engagement ring is considered a gift that occurs before the marriage whereas the wedding rings are viewed as gifts during the marriage. 
Too often. we see family law cases wherein the parents have hostile communication, or one party is particularly high conflict with the other parent. In these circumstances, the Court may impose conditions regarding the communication between the parties to keep communication civil and on a need-to-know basis.
In general, Florida courts consider a child’s current best interests and the family’s present circumstances when ordering a parenting plan in a dissolution of marriage or paternity action. Prospective-based analyses of children’s future best interests are to be avoided. There is a recent trend, however, in allowing for timesharing planning and adjustments around future events if an event is “reasonably and objectively certain to occur at an identifiable time in the future,” i.e., when the use of a crystal ball is not needed.
A partition action is a legal proceeding involving jointly owned property. Owning real estate with another can be fraught with many challenges and disagreements. Unfortunately, not all disputes can be resolved amicably. In instances where owners cannot reach an agreement on whether to sell their property or the specifics of its sale, a partition action may become necessary.
Rice Law Firm closely follows the changes in Florida law, each year, on many legal matters, including marital and family law, as shown from our previous blogs. As an update on the issue of equitable distribution in a dissolution of marriage case in the state of Florida, both chambers of the Florida legislature, during the recent 2024 Florida legislative session, approved some important changes to Florida Statute 61.075, which is referred to as the equitable distribution provision.
Florida Statutes create the guidelines for establishing the child support obligations from one parent to the other, but what happens if the obligated parent doesn’t pay the ordered child support?
For families experiencing the turmoil that so often comes with divorce or separation, co-parenting counseling can help.
Florida Statutes create the guidelines for establishing court ordered electronic communication between a non-timesharing parent and a child.
One topic that comes up quite often in developing a Parenting Plan in family law cases is where to do the ‘pick-up/drop-off of the child(ren).
Child support following death
Florida Statutes create the guidelines for establishing the child support obligations from one parent to the other, but what happens if that parent pre-deceases the child reaching the age of majority?