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What Is A Guardian Ad Litem and Why Would I Need One for My Family Law Case?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

When a family law case involves child custody issues it is not uncommon for the case to consist of a great deal of “he said, she said”. This can make it very hard for Orlando, FL family lawyers and the Courts to determine whose version of the events is true especially when both mom… Read More »

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Does Florida Law Consider Debts Marital Property?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

As the cost of postsecondary education increases, and as more employers expect or require new employees to have a bachelor’s degree or another kind of education beyond high school, more Americans than ever before carrying student loan debt. In fact, it is not hard to find predictions that the “student loan bubble” could be… Read More »

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Myths and Facts About Foster Care in Florida Family Law

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Do children in foster care live in luxurious mansions where they ride ponies in the backyard of their foster parents’ house or lounge atop an inflatable alligator raft in the swimming pool? Do they live in group homes where the person with whom they share a room is close in age and their relationship… Read More »

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Equitable Distribution in Divorce: Florida Family Courts Aim to Play Fair, Even When Estranged Spouses Do Not

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

With very few exceptions, everyone loses financially in a divorce. Women who enrich themselves by marrying and divorcing rich men in succession are largely a fiction that exists only in tall tales exchanged at poker night gatherings. Almost all your divorced friends were poorer after their divorce than before, as they have probably told… Read More »

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Can the Court Require Your Ex to Pay Alimony If You Were Never Legally Married?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Couples who are in committed relationships but are not legally married to each other often respond to nosy questions from relatives about whether they plan to marry by saying that marriage is only a piece of paper. In many ways, they are right. It is possible for couples to form lifelong relationships with each… Read More »

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When Your Ex Refuses to Pay Child Support: Dos and Don’ts

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Despite the good intentions behind Florida’s child support laws, it can seem like a no-win situation when parents who can’t get along as a couple still have to make financial decisions about child support. Being required to pay for the raising of children during times when they are not with you makes many child… Read More »

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Divorce and Porn Addiction

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

There Is A New Epidemic That is Lurking Behind the Scenes And Has Become A Root Cause To At Least Half Of The Divorces Reported In The United States The issue of porn addiction and its effects on the current divorce rates is an extremely serious issue that everyone needs to be aware of…. Read More »

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Frequently Asked Questions About Parenting Plans in Florida

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

A lot of people who have recently gotten divorced put on a smile and talk about what a relief it is to be rid of an unwanted spouse. A recently divorced man’s friends may congratulate him on finally being free of the old ball and chain, while a recently divorced woman may excitedly tell… Read More »

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Beyond DNA Tests: Establishing Paternity in Florida

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Paternity Establishment For Unmarried Parents You might imagine that the stories Florida family lawyers hear about paternity cases resemble those paternity test-themed episodes that were so popular on daytime television talk shows in the 90s when DNA paternity testing first became widespread. However, there is much more to paternity law than what you see… Read More »

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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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