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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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How to Avoid Conflict Over Children’s Medical Treatment After Divorce

By Sean Smallwood |

Imagine that your teen daughter goes to visit your aunt during spring break, and when you turn on your phone after work one day, you find a text from your daughter saying that she has just been to see a doctor. Would you be upset that your aunt took your daughter to a doctor… Read More »

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How Will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect Your Child Support Obligations In Divorce?

By Sean Smallwood |

Watching your unpaid child support obligations pile up as you are less and less able to afford them can be truly demoralizing. The judge might treat you like you are not serious about parenting when your financial struggles have nothing to do with your level of commitment to your children. Your ex might antagonize… Read More »

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

By Sean Smallwood |

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

By Sean Smallwood |

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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Legal Requirements to Get Fathers’ Rights in Florida

By Sean Smallwood |

Each parent believes that they are the best parent for their child and that they should have primary custody of their child after a divorce. Many fathers are not aware of the requirements to get the fathers’ rights in Florida courts. In Florida, family courts are legally required to make a decision based on… Read More »

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Baby Prenups in Florida: What is it and Do You Need One?

By Sean Smallwood |

An increasing number of parents-to-be in Florida are signing the so-called “baby prenups,” but many expectant parents are unfamiliar with the phenomenon of signing parenting contracts. Many expectant parents praise the idea of signing “baby prenups,” while others consider it a bad idea. After all, these parenting contracts remind couples that their marriage may… 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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Do You Have to Keep Paying Child Support if Your Child Moves Out of the Other Parent’s House?

By Sean Smallwood |

In Florida, the duration and amount of child support payments depend on various factors, including parental income and who the children live with. These and other factors can change over time, which may entitle the payor (the parent paying child support) to modify the existing order. For example, let’s say a father pays the… Read More »

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When Your Ex Refuses to Pay Child Support: Dos and Don’ts

By Sean Smallwood |

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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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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Modification Of Custody After Divorce

By Sean Smallwood |

How Do I Request A Modification Of Custody From My Divorce After the final judgment is entered in your divorce case and everybody is settled into a routine with a parenting plan many people think that they will never need to deal with the courts again. Unfortunately, it is very common for parents to… Read More »

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Will money I make from Uber driving affect child support

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Will the money I make from driving for Uber affect child support? In these modern days there are many ways a person can earn extra income from part time employment to having an online store or blog that generates additional income. One such method of earning extra income that is especially popular these days… Read More »

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Paternity, Child Custody, and Different Types of Child Support; A Tangled Web

By Sean Smallwood |

 Paternity Cases Usually Come With Their Own Set of Problems Aside From Just Child Custody Issues One of the most common types of child custody cases seen by parents, judges, and attorneys these days is the situation where an unmarried couple has a child, splits up, and one of the parents refuses the other… Read More »

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Contempt in Department of Revenue Child Support in Orlando, FL

By Sean Smallwood |

Contempt Issues in Department of Revenue Child Support Cases in Orlando, Fl For anyone who pays child support in Florida, in a family law case that involves the Department of Revenue, the negative consequences of non-payment are always waiting just around the corner. Very often parents who owe support lose their jobs, have their… Read More »

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When Can I Get a Modification of Child Support?

By Sean Smallwood |

There are certain times at which your Orlando Attorney can seek a modification of your child support: The Florida statute that address child support sets forth certain situations where a person may seek a modification of a child support payment. It does not matter if you are the parent who pays or receives the… Read More »

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Orlando Child Visitation Attorney Information

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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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Child Support Modification In Orlando Florida; Attorney Sean Smallwood

By Sean Smallwood |

How Can I Modify My Child Support Payment? There are many ways in Florida to modify a child support order whether you are the parent receiving support or the parent paying the support. In this blog post Sean Smallwood, ESQ. our Orlando family law attorney offers some information on this topic. Any time there… Read More »

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