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

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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 Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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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The Right Time to Contact a Divorce Lawyer Is Now, Not on Divorce Monday

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

The Internet will tell you that revenge is a dish best served cold, but plotting for months or years to divorce your spouse under the circumstances most unfavorable to them is a bad idea. If you are planning to get a divorce, but you have questions you need to be answered before you file… Read More »

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Can You Stop Paying Alimony If Your Ex Moves in With a New Partner?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

One of the kinder things that has been said about Florida alimony laws is that they are old-fashioned. Some of the alimony laws still on the books come from a time when women had very limited earning potential and when men were almost always the only source of financial support for their wives and… Read More »

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There Are Apps for Everything, Even Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Your phone is probably full of apps of varying degrees of usefulness. There are apps to track your spending, exercise, and food consumption. There are apps to make you and the other people in your pictures look more beautiful or uglier. There are apps to let you identify songs you hear playing on the… Read More »

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Yes, You Can Get Your Alimony Obligations Reduced Retroactively

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In an era when most Americans, even the wealthiest ones, are in debt, one of the few things more depressing than thinking about your credit card debt is thinking about your alimony obligations. While it is possible to negotiate with many creditors, spousal support obligations are much harder to get out of. The court… Read More »

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The Debate Over Permanent Alimony In Florida

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Yes, Florida still has permanent alimony as of 2019. Yes, bills appear in Florida’s legislature at least once per year as lawmakers attempt to change alimony laws. Alimony, especially alimony that theoretically continues for the rest of a person’s life, is a sore subject among divorced and unhappily married people. Despite the attention it… Read More »

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Don’t Lose Your Pet In A Divorce: Get a Prenup

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

You might have heard that the term “equitable” in “equitable distribution” means “fair,” but that does not make it hurt any less when the court orders you to sell off property that you had hoped to keep after your divorce, or, worse, to award an asset to your ex when you know in your… Read More »

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Temporary Relief Issues In Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In many divorce cases, it often becomes necessary for the Orlando divorce attorneys to file and argue over temporary relief. Temporary relief basically describes the process of requesting an order of the court that addresses important items in the case such as alimony, child support, attorney’s fees, and visitation on a temporary basis. This… Read More »

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What If I Need to Relocate With My Kids During My Divorce?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

One of the most difficult issues that Orlando divorce lawyers and judges have to grapple with is whenever one of the parties to the divorce action needs to relocate a long distance away and desires to take the children with them. This is because it is impossible for a divorce judge to award equal… Read More »

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