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Will Bankruptcy affect my child support in divorce

How Will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect Your Child Support Obligations In Divorce?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Watching your unpaid child support obligations pile up as you are less and less able to afford them can be truly demoralizing. The judge might treat you like you are not serious about parenting when your financial struggles have nothing to do with your level of commitment to your children. Your ex might antagonize… Read More »

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Marital Debt and Marital Misconduct

Where is the Dividing Line Between Marital Debt and Marital Misconduct?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Debt has ruined the marriages of many couples, including some who had every intention of honoring their wedding vow to stay together for richer or for poorer. Sometimes the constant stress of having to decide, on every payday, whether to pay for groceries or utilities, while the debts just keep getting bigger even as… Read More »

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Can you get permanent alimony if you are still young in FL Divorce?

Can You Get Permanent Alimony if You are Still Young in Divorce in Orlando FL?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Increasingly, the family courts in Florida see alimony as a last resort. Equitable distribution is the governing principle in dividing a couple’s property when the marriage is dissolved because it means that each spouse gets a fair share of the return on the investments they made during their lives together. If the wife was… Read More »

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Biological father no rights if baby born to intact marriage Florida

Courts Can Deny Custody To A Biological Father If Their Child Was Born In An Intact Marriage

By Sean Seansmallwood |

It is unsettling to find out that your biological father is someone other than the man you have called “Dad” your whole life. The best-case scenario in which this can happen is when the parents who raised you reveal this fact to you calmly and assure you that they are only telling you this… Read More »

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Imputed income florida divorce

Imputed Income In Florida Divorce Does Not Have to be Your Enemy

By Sean Seansmallwood |

You might think that “imputed income” is a dirty word, especially if the court calculated your alimony and child support obligations by assuming that you make more money than you actually do. In fact, imputed income has been a sticking point in many divorce cases. Maybe the court imputed too little income to your… Read More »

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Do divorce judges in Orlando award equal custody

Do Divorce Judges Automatically Award Equal Timesharing in Orlando Florida?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

This is a question that we get very regularly at our Orlando divorce law firm. This is because the most common legal issue that is present in divorce litigation in Orlando Florida that is child custody. These days with the wealth of information regarding divorce law online people often do significant researc before they… Read More »

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divorce involving support of adult children

Disagreements Over Financial Support for Adult Children in Orlando Divorce

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Even when you are generally happily married, disagreements about parent-child relationships can lead to hurt feelings. It is easy for your spouse to vent jealousy by taking cheap shots about you trying to turn your child into a mama’s boy or a daddy’s girl. Then there are the disagreements about specific incidents and issues…. Read More »

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Sabotage income Florida alimony divorce

Sabotaging Your Income to Reduce Alimony is a Terrible Idea In Orlando Florida Divorce

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Finding out how much of your money will immediately go to bills and debt payments is enough to make your good mood on payday short-lived. Many people employ the questionable personal finance tactic of earning less in order to pay less, or at least appearing to earn less. Certainly, no one can blame restaurant… Read More »

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attorney for divorce involving child custody in Orlando

Should I Use A Guardian Ad Litem In My Florida Divorce?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

When divorcing parents disagree fundamentally about a child custody issues a guardian ad litem can help. The disagreement can be about just about anything. Daycare or having a family member babysit? The Ferber method or an endless supply of cuddles? Public school or religious private school? Summer camp or academic summer program? What are… Read More »

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How to divide retirement accounts in Florida divorce

How Are Retirement Accounts Divided in Divorce in Florida?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Anytime a married couple gets divorced in Florida they must deal with certain property issues. One of the more common property division issues that divorce lawyers in Orlando Florida contend with is that of dividing retirement accounts. The most common types of retirement accounts divided in divorce include the 401(k), IRA’s, and pensions. What… Read More »

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