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

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

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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Does Domestic Violence Affect a Divorce Settlement in Florida?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Domestic violence can directly or indirectly impact certain aspects of a divorce settlement such as child custody, alimony, and even property division. Each year, more than 100,000 cases of domestic violence (DV) are reported to authorities in Orlando and other parts of Florida. However, the real number of incidences of domestic violence in the… Read More »

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Can I set aside a divorce settlement agreement?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Is It Possible To Set Aside A Divorce Settlement Agreement? As a divorce attorney in Orlando Florida, I have seen a lot of situations where people have come into our office for a consultation expressing concern regarding an agreement to settle their divorce that they entered into and now are realizing that there are… Read More »

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Use of The Psychological Evaluation In Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

The Psychological Evaluation Is A Powerful Tool In Divorce If Used Wisely Very often in the divorce litigation, it becomes necessary to conduct a psychological evaluation of one of the parties to the divorce. This is especially important in cases involving child custody disputes where the psychological condition of one of the parents is… 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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