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Category: Marital and Family Law

Florida’s alimony law was overhauled last year. Of note, permanent alimony was eliminated, but only as to initial petitions for dissolution of marriage filed or pending as of July 01, 2023. Though the new law does not eliminate permanent alimony awarded prior to the July 01, 2023 cut-off date, it does codify and clarify situations in which termination or modification of permanent alimony may be possible.
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Our team at Rice Law Firm understands that divorce constitutes one of life’s most difficult transitions. We strive to help our clients through the twists and turns of this complex legal process while providing empathetic representation every step of the way. Are you curious what to expect in the process of preparing to dissolve your […]

Recent revisions to Florida alimony law have clarified what the courts will consider when ruling on an initial award of alimony or a petition to modify or terminate alimony based on the would-be recipient’s/recipient’s “supportive relationship.” These revisions recognize that the financial needs of the party who is seeking an award of alimony, or already has an alimony award, may be reduced when such a supportive relationship exists.
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.
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.
It is the public policy in Florida that minor children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the marriage is dissolved or the parents separate and to “encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys of childrearing.” Ideally, parents are mature enough to learn to successfully co-parent for the sake of their child. What happens, then, if a minor child resists spending time or communicating with one parent?
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).

In consulting with prospective clients regarding a family law case, including a dissolution of marriage case, one question that is often asked by the person is if they need to file or disclose to the Court in the case their financial information. Understandably, many people are hesitant or reluctant to place with the Court file […]