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Category Archives: Divorce

Marital Debt and Marital Misconduct

Where is the Dividing Line Between Marital Debt and Marital Misconduct?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Debt has ruined the marriages of many couples, including some who had every intention of honoring their wedding vow to stay together for richer or for poorer. Sometimes the constant stress of having to decide, on every payday, whether to pay for groceries or utilities, while the debts just keep getting bigger even as… Read More »

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Can you get permanent alimony if you are still young in FL Divorce?

Can You Get Permanent Alimony if You are Still Young in Divorce in Orlando FL?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Increasingly, the family courts in Florida see alimony as a last resort. Equitable distribution is the governing principle in dividing a couple’s property when the marriage is dissolved because it means that each spouse gets a fair share of the return on the investments they made during their lives together. If the wife was… Read More »

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Imputed income florida divorce

Imputed Income In Florida Divorce Does Not Have to be Your Enemy

By Sean Seansmallwood |

You might think that “imputed income” is a dirty word, especially if the court calculated your alimony and child support obligations by assuming that you make more money than you actually do. In fact, imputed income has been a sticking point in many divorce cases. Maybe the court imputed too little income to your… Read More »

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Do divorce judges in Orlando award equal custody

Do Divorce Judges Automatically Award Equal Timesharing in Orlando Florida?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

This is a question that we get very regularly at our Orlando divorce law firm. This is because the most common legal issue that is present in divorce litigation in Orlando Florida that is child custody. These days with the wealth of information regarding divorce law online people often do significant researc before they… Read More »

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divorce involving support of adult children

Disagreements Over Financial Support for Adult Children in Orlando Divorce

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Even when you are generally happily married, disagreements about parent-child relationships can lead to hurt feelings. It is easy for your spouse to vent jealousy by taking cheap shots about you trying to turn your child into a mama’s boy or a daddy’s girl. Then there are the disagreements about specific incidents and issues…. Read More »

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attorney for divorce involving child custody in Orlando

Should I Use A Guardian Ad Litem In My Florida Divorce?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

When divorcing parents disagree fundamentally about a child custody issues a guardian ad litem can help. The disagreement can be about just about anything. Daycare or having a family member babysit? The Ferber method or an endless supply of cuddles? Public school or religious private school? Summer camp or academic summer program? What are… Read More »

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How to divide retirement accounts in Florida divorce

How Are Retirement Accounts Divided in Divorce in Florida?

By Sean Seansmallwood |

Anytime a married couple gets divorced in Florida they must deal with certain property issues. One of the more common property division issues that divorce lawyers in Orlando Florida contend with is that of dividing retirement accounts. The most common types of retirement accounts divided in divorce include the 401(k), IRA’s, and pensions. What… Read More »

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Guide to filing for divorce in Florida

The Complete Guide To Filing For Divorce In Florida

By Sean Seansmallwood |

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 have an Uncontested divorce in Florida

How To Make Sure Your Divorce Goes Uncontested

By Sean Seansmallwood |

  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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modification of parenting plans in Florida

How To Modify A Child Custody Parenting Plan In Florida

By Sean Seansmallwood |

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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