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Adventures in Alimony: Tales from Florida Case Law

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In the old days, alimony was a popular subject for aspiring stand-up comedians at local comedy clubs. More recently, it has become a topic for vitriolic blog posts in the less benign corners of the Internet. Then and now, alimony remains misunderstood. What really happens in the courtroom where a judge decides that you… Read More »

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Prenuptial Agreements: Myths and Facts

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Magazines about weddings often contain articles about potentially contentious issues that couples should discuss early in their marriage, or even before taking their marriage vows. Almost everyone, from magazine editors in the wedding industry to your long-married elderly aunt can agree that you can avoid many conflicts if you and your spouse can agree… Read More »

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What is permanent alimony and when is it appropriate?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In the state of Florida when two people are getting divorced and they have been married for longer than 14 years there is a presumption in favor of permanent alimony. Whenever a claim for permanent alimony is sought by a spouse and their divorce attorney the level of conflict in the case usually escalates… Read More »

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Financial Discovery in Divorce Litigation

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In every divorce case that moves through the court system, the parties to the divorce must submit certain minimum mandatory financial discovery documentation either to the court or to the opposing party or their divorce attorney. The purpose of this exchange of discovery is to ensure that everybody is being honest about their income,… Read More »

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What Is an Uncontested Divorce?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

We have all heard the stories of the divorce that lasted for multiple years, costs thousands and thousands of dollars, and destroyed the lives of the parties in the case. But, is that the story of every divorce? The answer is no, in fact, many divorces are accomplished every day in a peaceful and… Read More »

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Can I reconcile before my divorce is final

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

I don’t know about other divorce attorneys conduct business inside their offices, however, I can tell you that the vast majority of people who come and sit down with me for a divorce consultation are going to be asked if they have attempted marriage counseling and if they would be willing to attempt it… Read More »

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The Six Types of Alimony in Florida

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In the early days of Facebook, users could choose the “it’s complicated” relationship status when they were in the process of a breakup or had separated from their partner but their lives were still somehow entwined. “Complicated” definitely describes the transition from being a married couple to being a single person, especially when it… Read More »

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The Allegations in the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings and How Divorce Attorneys See Them Every Day On the Job

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

The Similarities Between the Kavanaugh Confirmation Process and What Divorce Attorneys and Judges Do is Striking Recently, all the news channels and headlines in the United States have been filled with status updates and debates about the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. As I listened to… Read More »

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How Will Our Home Be Divided In A Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

One issue that divorce attorneys deal with in nearly every divorce case is figuring out the best way to address the division of the marital home. The fact is that addressing a home in a divorce can be very simple if both of the parties in the divorce agree on what should happen. However,… Read More »

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Modification Of Custody After Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

How Do I Request A Modification Of Custody From My Divorce After the final judgment is entered in your divorce case and everybody is settled into a routine with a parenting plan many people think that they will never need to deal with the courts again. Unfortunately, it is very common for parents to… Read More »

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