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Do I Have To Pay Alimony If My Spouse Commits Adultery?

By Sean Smallwood |

This question was posed to us recently by a potential client and I felt like it would make a great item to include on our site. This is because this is a common area of concern for men and women facing divorce where the other spouse has committed adultery. This information can certainly translate… Read More »

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If You Want An Uncontested Divorce, Then Ask The Right Questions

By Sean Smallwood |

Divorce is a very difficult life event to deal with. This is made significantly more traumatic when the parties to the case cannot agree on major legal issues in the case. For this reason, it is important to use your most diligent efforts to obtain an uncontested divorce whenever possible. An uncontested divorce occurs… Read More »

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

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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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Disagreements Over Financial Support for Adult Children in Orlando Divorce

By Sean Smallwood |

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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Sabotaging Your Income to Reduce Alimony is a Terrible Idea In Orlando Florida Divorce

By Sean Smallwood |

Finding out how much of your money will immediately go to bills and debt payments is enough to make your good mood on payday short-lived. Many people employ the questionable personal finance tactic of earning less in order to pay less, or at least appearing to earn less. Certainly, no one can blame restaurant… Read More »

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The Complete Guide To Filing For Divorce In Florida

By Sean Smallwood |

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 the… Read More »

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Does It Matter If I Am The First One To File For Divorce?

By Sean Smallwood |

Can You Get A Better Result By Filing For Divorce Before Your Spouse? One of the most common questions that we receive at our Orlando divorce law firm is whether or not it makes any difference who the first person is to file for divorce and whether it would help them get a better… Read More »

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Does Domestic Violence Affect a Divorce Settlement in Florida?

By Sean Smallwood |

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 |

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

By Sean Smallwood |

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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Adventures in Alimony: Tales from Florida Case Law

By Sean Smallwood |

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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What is permanent alimony and when is it appropriate?

By Sean Smallwood |

In the state of Florida when two people are getting divorced and they have been married for longer than 14 years there is a presumption in favor of permanent alimony. Whenever a claim for permanent alimony is sought by a spouse and their divorce attorney the level of conflict in the case usually escalates… Read More »

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Financial Discovery in Divorce Litigation

By Sean Smallwood |

In every divorce case that moves through the court system, the parties to the divorce must submit certain minimum mandatory financial discovery documentation either to the court or to the opposing party or their divorce attorney. The purpose of this exchange of discovery is to ensure that everybody is being honest about their income,… Read More »

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The Six Types of Alimony in Florida

By Sean Smallwood |

In the early days of Facebook, users could choose the “it’s complicated” relationship status when they were in the process of a breakup or had separated from their partner but their lives were still somehow entwined.  “Complicated” definitely describes the transition from being a married couple to being a single person, especially when it… Read More »

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Will New Florida Alimony Law Affect Me?

By Sean Smallwood |

New Alimony Reform Law in Florida Will Affect Many People. Will You Be One Of Them? Our Orlando Alimony Attorney Discusses: The proposed alimony reform law in Florida SB 718 will, if signed into law, affect all new alimony cases finalized after July, 1, 2013 and will open the door for old alimony cases… Read More »

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Florida Senate Bill 718 Changes The Way Orlando, Florida Attorneys Deal With Alimony

By Sean Smallwood |

Florida Senate Bill 718 Passes and Brings Big Changes to Florida Alimony For the past few weeks we have been following Senate Bill 718 which proposes to do away with permanent alimony, place significant restrictions on alimony awards, and make 50/50 time-sharing in child custody cases a statutory presumption. As previously discussed on our… Read More »

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Lawmakers Do Away With Permanent Alimony

By Sean Smallwood |

The Florida Senate Has Voted and the Result Means the End Of Permanent Alimony in Family Law and Divorce Cases On Thursday, April 4th SB 718 was approved by Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee which puts an end to permanent alimony, also known as spousal support, places limits on alimony awards based on a person’s… Read More »

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