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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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What is a Parenting Plan and Why do Family Lawyers Use Them?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Whenever an Orlando family law attorney is engaged in litigation that involves child custody issues, he or she will spend a great deal of time contemplating what terms are to be negotiated and placed into a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written instruction manual that addresses nearly every aspect of the parenting… Read More »

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What is Shared Parental Responsibility in Family Law?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In Florida when a family law attorney is assisting his client in developing a parenting plan that will govern the time-sharing over the children involved in the case one of the main items that will need to be addressed as that of parental responsibility. Parental responsibility is a portion of Florida family law that… 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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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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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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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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Modification Of Divorce Judgments

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

How Can I Modify My Final Judgment From My Family Law Case? When it comes to judgments ordered stemming from family law cases the ability to seek a modification will depend on what provision from the order one seeks to change and how much time has passed since the entering of the order. The… Read More »

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Shared Parental Responsibility In Child Custody Cases

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Where Does Shared Parental Responsibility Come From? What Do I Need To Know? When it comes to family law cases in Florida there are many different things that the courts will look for when deciding the case. Some of these come from the statutes which are codified laws developed by the legislature while other factors are… Read More »

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Orlando Child Visitation Attorney Information

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Orlando Child Visitation Attorney Talks About Custody in Florida Every custody court in Florida will examine a visitation case first and foremost in terms of what is the best interests of the child involved. Often parties and attorneys get confused about the best interests of the child versus the best interests of the parent…. Read More »

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