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What if I Cannot Afford to Pay Half of The Marital Debt After the Divorce?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In every divorce, there is a complex framework of legal issues that must be addressed. One of the most common of these issues that divorce attorneys in Orlando, FL deal with is the division of assets and debts that accumulated during the divorce. In most cases, any asset or debt that accumulates during the… Read More »

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The Benefits of Using Divorce Mediation

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In the state of Florida, any time a divorce action has any issues that are contested the case must go to a mandatory settlement conference known as mediation. The mediation is an official court appointment where the lawyers and their clients sit down with the assistance of a Florida Supreme Court certified divorce mediator… Read More »

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Florida Parenting Plans Help Unmarried Parents Stop Drama Before it Starts

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

The only thing worse than arguing with your spouse about when and where to spend time with your children or about decisions your spouse makes about the children’s behavior or expenditures is having these same arguments with your former spouse. People who have children together, even if they are no longer married to each… Read More »

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Florida Family Mediation Enables Couples to Control the Outcome of Their Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

The divorce cases in the tabloids go to trial, but that does not mean that yours will. Likewise, the simple, painless divorce in which you and your spouse simply file forms, sign a court-issued divorce decree, and find yourselves single again is not an option for everyone. What do you do if your divorce… Read More »

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Why You May Not Want to Keep The House In Your Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In dissolution of marriage cases in Orlando Florida, one of the core legal issues that need to be addressed by the divorce attorneys is that of dividing the assets that were accumulated during the years of the marriage. The most common asset that needs to be divided in divorce cases is the marital home…. Read More »

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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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