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The Strategy Guide to Florida Divorces Involving Child Custody

By Sean Smallwood |

Any time a married couple who has children under the age of 18 decides to get divorced they will need to address child custody issues in their case. These are situations that involve a great deal of knowledge of the law and should only be finalized with the assistance of a skilled Orlando divorce… Read More »

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Guide to filing for divorce in Florida

The Complete Guide To Filing For Divorce In Florida

By Sean Smallwood |

My name is Sean Smallwood and I am an Orlando divorce attorney who has been practicing family and marital law for about a decade.   I understand that whether you are a newer attorney or someone who intends to represent themselves in a divorce matter the information in this guide will assist you in… Read More »

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How to set aside a prenuptial agreement Orlando FL

How to Set Aside A Prenuptial Agreement In Florida

By Sean Smallwood |

As Orlando FL divorce attorneys we very regularly here our clients tell us that they wish they had gotten a prenup before they got married. However, a prenup does not always mean that their assets would have been protected. This is because prenuptial agreements in Florida have very specific rules that must be followed… Read More »

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How to have an Uncontested divorce in Florida

How To Make Sure Your Divorce Goes Uncontested

By Sean Smallwood |

  I have been a divorce attorney in Orlando, FL  for a long time now and in all my years I have witnessed just about every type of argument or allegations that you can possibly imagine. I have heard people accuse their spouse of being alcoholic, violent, of having anger management issues, allegations of… Read More »

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How To Modify A Child Custody Parenting Plan In Florida

By Sean Smallwood |

One of the most common types of cases that people contact our office regarding is that of modifying a parenting plan. The parenting plan is a court-ordered document that spells out all aspects of a child custody arrangement including timesharing, parental responsibility, access to school and medical records for the child, holiday schedules, school… Read More »

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Mistakes Made in Divorce Separation Florida

The Three Most Common Mistakes Made in Divorce Separations

By Sean Smallwood |

One of the most difficult parts of the divorce process is the actual separation. The process of transitioning from a single-family unit with one set of bills, bank accounts, and routines to separate households can be downright traumatic. What can make matters even worse is when the parties to the divorce were living beyond… Read More »

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COVID-19 affects child custody schedules

How The Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak Affect Child Custody Arrangements?

By Sean Smallwood |

Amid the recent outbreak of coronavirus in the United States several states have issued mandatory stay at home orders and some are calling for the mandatory shutdown of any non-life saving businesses in order to slow down the spread of the virus. One big concern that is not yet receiving much attention in the… Read More »

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Should I Wait Until After the Coronavirus Outbreak to File For Divorce?

Should I Wait Until After the Coronavirus Outbreak to File For Divorce?

By Sean Smallwood |

At this moment pretty much everybody on planet Earth is well aware of the coronavirus also known as COVID 19 and the effects that it is having on the world and the world’s economies. With millions of people suddenly out of work due to the massive shutdowns of certain industries many people are wondering… Read More »

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What To Do If The Lawyers Are The Only Ones Fighting

By Sean Smallwood |

In this video, I answer the question “what should I do if the divorce lawyers are the only ones fighting in my case?”   This is actually more common than you may think. It’s a situation where you and your spouse may be getting along pretty well and are possibly agreeing on many of… Read More »

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Should I Get Divorced?

By Sean Smallwood |

In this video, I’m going to speak for a few moments regarding a serious topic that very few, if any, divorce attorneys are actually taking the time to discuss with their clients.   That is whether or not the person sitting in their office is sure that they should even be getting divorced in… Read More »

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Who Will Pay Student Loan Debt in a Florida Divorce?

By Sean Smallwood |

In the state of Florida when two people are going through a divorce the general rule is that any debt that was accumulated during the marriage is going to be equally divided. This is referred to as equitable distribution and it applies to assets as well as debt. One issue that comes up very… Read More »

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How to Hold Someone in Contempt of a Divorce Agreement in Florida

By Sean Smallwood |

After the dust settles from an initial divorce action the parties will have a final judgment that operates as a court order dictating the details of the resolution of their case. In some cases, that is where the really difficult work begins This is because usually one of the parties is not happy with… Read More »

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How to Deal With Parental Alienation in Divorce

By Sean Smallwood |

If You Are Faced With Parental Alienation Here is What You Need to Know One very common and very sad fact about the dissolution of marriage process that divorce attorneys in Orlando Florida are forced to deal with is when a divorce involves conduct by one of the parents that amount to parental alienation…. Read More »

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Emergency Custody in Florida

How to Get Emergency Custody in Florida

By Sean Smallwood |

How to Get Emergency Custody in Florida and What to Watch Out For One very common issue that divorce attorneys deal with in Florida is the situation where emergency action must be taken in order to protect the physical or emotional safety of children by seeking emergency custody. There are many different terms that… Read More »

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Advice to Give To A Friend Going Through Divorce

By Sean Smallwood |

What Advice Should I Give to A Friend Who Is Going Through A Divorce? In my experience when most people are facing a divorce they are in a place where they have been bottling up different feelings and emotions for months or even years. When things reach a boiling point, one natural reaction for… Read More »

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Divorce Involving Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD

By Sean Smallwood |

If You Are Facing a Divorce Involving a Child With Autism There Are Several Traps to Watch Out For One very common fact scenario that divorce attorneys in Orlando Florida are faced with these days is the situation where a divorce involves contested child custody issues over children with autism. When there are special… Read More »

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Should I Wait Until After Christmas to File for Divorce

By Sean Smallwood |

Why Would It Be A Good Idea To Wait Until After Christmas To File For Divorce? As we get closer to Christmas, we always see a steep decline in the numbers of people who are filing for divorce. This will usually be followed each year by a sharp increase in divorce filings after the… Read More »

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Does It Matter If I Am The First One To File For Divorce?

By Sean Smallwood |

Can You Get A Better Result By Filing For Divorce Before Your Spouse? One of the most common questions that we receive at our Orlando divorce law firm is whether or not it makes any difference who the first person is to file for divorce and whether it would help them get a better… Read More »

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

By Sean Smallwood |

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 |

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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