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read article The most common mistake you can make in completing your Financial Affidavit is not listing all your income. Income is not just the money you make at a job. Income is any money coming into your household for a variety of reasons. These are the 6 most common things that are not listed on your Financial Affidavit. Tips – If you are a tipped employee (waitress, bartender, Uber/Lyft, etc), you must list the…
On Saturday, July 13, 2019, I spoke at the 2019 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference on the “Looking Out Into the Horizon: Strategic Planning and Board Retreats”. The purpose of the discussion was to help other attorney organization set the tone of their year with board retreats and strategic planning sessions. I spoke as the Immediate Past President of the Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (“PFAWL”). Also on my panel was…
In Florida, until recently, the law has a presumption was that any child born to a married woman was her husband’s child. This means that if you have been separated for 8 years, but never got divorced, and now have a child with your new partner, the law would still consider that child as your husband’s child. It seems a little antiquated and old-school, right? Now that times are changing and family units look different,…
There are a lot of options available. The most important is to determine if you cannot hire a lawyer or if you don’t want to hire a lawyer. Many smaller firms provide for various payment options or structures for your case. Consider if you can pay a certain amount each month, or if you just want a lawyer to attend a mediation with you. Most attorneys, depending on your type of case (not bankruptcy), will…
The short answer is no. The difference is whether they are “allowed to” or whether they “do”. Most cases do not take place in a vacuum. This means that while your ex is not legally allowed to stop alimony or child support payments without a court order, sometimes they do. So what should you NOT do? Do NOT take any retaliation steps. Do NOT do the same behavior they are doing. If your ex stops…
Reese Witherspoon is the Founder of Hello Sunshine. Hello Sunshine is a production company that creates wide-ranging content for women. I first learned about Hello Sunshine from Entrepreneur. The production company is crushing it with podcasts, book clubs, and a television channel. Reese Witherspoon is an inspiration to me because she promotes women and more importantly invests in other women. She proves that women are valuable and hungry consumers of content. Learn more about Hello…
A hearing is where a judge, a magistrate, or another court officer hears about your case and usually about a specific matter. In family law cases, this could be a hearing on a Motion or a Final Hearing, where you are actually getting divorced. If you are the party with a Motion to be heard, make sure your Motion is properly filed with the Court and properly served on the other party. When you have…
Many people in foreclosure often hear recommendations that filing bankruptcy can “stop” their foreclosure. Bankruptcy can help stop your foreclosure, in some, but not all cases. Here, we decipher how bankruptcy can assist with your foreclosure and how it will not. Bankruptcy can sometimes help your foreclosure case. Bankruptcy can help your foreclosure case by temporarily freezing your foreclosure case. Bankruptcy temporarily “freezes” your foreclosure case through a legal concept called the “automatic stay”. After…
If you have a second mortgage, the chapter of bankruptcy you file may have a large impact on your case. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, a completely unsecured/underwater mortgage may be stripped off. This is not true in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. How to determine if your 2nd mortgage is completely unsecured/underwater Request a payoff statement from your 1st mortgage company Request a payoff statement from your 2nd mortgage company Review the Just…
Florida Statute §61.13001 (Parental Relocation with a child) is not just for parents who are relocating voluntarily. The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently found that Florida Statute §61.13001 does not include language in favor of a request to relocate with the child merely because the parent’s relocation was involuntary, let alone language suggesting the sections are inapplicable. http://aston.hu/map167   In the case of Joseph Castleman v. Jeann Bicaldo, 248 So. 3d 1181 (Fla. 4th…