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

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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 Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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 Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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 Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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 Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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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Can I set aside a divorce settlement agreement?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Is It Possible To Set Aside A Divorce Settlement Agreement? As a divorce attorney in Orlando Florida, I have seen a lot of situations where people have come into our office for a consultation expressing concern regarding an agreement to settle their divorce that they entered into and now are realizing that there are… 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 Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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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Use of The Psychological Evaluation In Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

The Psychological Evaluation Is A Powerful Tool In Divorce If Used Wisely Very often in the divorce litigation, it becomes necessary to conduct a psychological evaluation of one of the parties to the divorce. This is especially important in cases involving child custody disputes where the psychological condition of one of the parents is… Read More »

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

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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 Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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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