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Uncontested Divorce in Florida: When Is It the Right Option?

By Jay Butchko |

When you hear the word “divorce,” what do you imagine in your head? Is it two soon-to-be-former spouses yelling at each other in court, their children crying, and indifferent judges banging the gavel against a wooden table? Well, it does not have to be this way. More often than not, divorces in Orlando and… Read More »

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Legal Requirements to Get Fathers’ Rights in Florida

By Jay Butchko |

Each parent believes that they are the best parent for their child and that they should have primary custody of their child after a divorce. Many fathers are not aware of the requirements to get the fathers’ rights in Florida courts. In Florida, family courts are legally required to make a decision based on… Read More »

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Does Domestic Violence Affect a Divorce Settlement in Florida?

By Jay Butchko |

Domestic violence can directly or indirectly impact certain aspects of a divorce settlement such as child custody, alimony, and even property division. Each year, more than 100,000 cases of domestic violence (DV) are reported to authorities in Orlando and other parts of Florida. However, the real number of incidences of domestic violence in the… Read More »

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Baby Prenups in Florida: What is it and Do You Need One?

By Jay Butchko |

An increasing number of parents-to-be in Florida are signing the so-called “baby prenups,” but many expectant parents are unfamiliar with the phenomenon of signing parenting contracts. Many expectant parents praise the idea of signing “baby prenups,” while others consider it a bad idea. After all, these parenting contracts remind couples that their marriage may… Read More »

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How Do Hurricanes Impact Florida Parenting Plans and Custody Agreements?

By Jay Butchko |

As Hurricane Dorian is inching closer to South Florida, and millions of Floridians are stocking up on supplies to be prepared for the landfall, divorced parents are facing a conundrum. “How do hurricanes and other acts of God impact my custody agreement and parenting plan?” is a question on almost every divorced parent’s mind… Read More »

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Do You Have to Keep Paying Child Support if Your Child Moves Out of the Other Parent’s House?

By Jay Butchko |

In Florida, the duration and amount of child support payments depend on various factors, including parental income and who the children live with. These and other factors can change over time, which may entitle the payor (the parent paying child support) to modify the existing order. For example, let’s say a father pays the… Read More »

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Calculating Florida Alimony: 5 Things to Know When Determining Spousal Support

By Jay Butchko |

Determining alimony, also known as spousal support, can be tough if you are trying to do it on your own without seeking the help of an Orlando alimony lawyer. After a divorce in Florida, you may feel overwhelmed by multiple questions such as, “Will alimony be awarded in my case?” “How long will I… Read More »

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Are Florida Courts Biased Against Fathers When Awarding Child Custody?

By Jay Butchko |

If you are a father who has already filed for divorce or are considering making this life-altering decision, you are probably worried that a Florida court would prefer the mother of your child when awarding child custody. Is your fear baseless or not? Are Florida courts biased against fathers when giving custody? That is… Read More »

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DNA Tests Can Be Inaccurate and False (But You Could Sue the Paternity Testing Firm)

By Jay Butchko |

Although paternity fraud is still quite prevalent in Florida and elsewhere in the States, parents should also beware of erroneous results in DNA paternity testing. According to World Net Daily (WND), up to 30 percent of paternity claims are fraudulent. Paternity fraud occurs when a mother or father deliberately tricks another man into believing… Read More »

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A New Study Reveals the Top 4 Reasons for Divorce in the U.S.

By Jay Butchko |

Every marriage has its ups and downs. How well married partners manage these ups and downs determines the strength of their marriage and the likelihood of divorce. But when there are more “downs” than “ups,” a divorce becomes a very likely option. Fact: In 2017, the divorce rate in Florida was 3.6 per thousand… Read More »

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