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Category Archives: Family Law

What is a motion for contempt?

A Motion for Contempt is used in Tampa family law cases to seek enforcement and sanctions, when a party violates a court order.   The most common motions for contempt relate to violations of timesharing agreements and/or failing to pay child support.  Of course though, a motion for contempt can be used to ensure compliance with […]

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What is a no contact order?

A no contact order is a court order entered by a presiding judge limiting a criminal defendant or other party from having contact with another.  This occurs most often when a criminal defendant is accused of a domestic violence charge, including misdemeanor domestic violence, felony domestic violence, domestic battery by strangulation, etc.  These orders are […]

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What does the phrase Attorney-Client Privilege Mean?

Many Tampa attorneys, in their initial consultation with their clients, will use the phrase “attorney-client” privilege. This phrase relates to the confidentiality between the attorney and their client regarding the matters discussed and exchanged during their meetings. Obviously, this is a far more complex subject than the simple one-sentence definition I provided above, so as […]

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Is there anything unique about a same sex divorce?

Absolutely not, the issues are the exact same as any other divorce for a Tampa Divorce Attorney.   The issues are the same for a heterosexual divorce – equitable distribution, alimony, child support, time sharing, attorney’s fees, etc.  Recent headlines were made prior to the legalization of same sex marriage of a couple in Tampa who […]

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What are mandatory disclosures?

Tampa family law attorneys are constantly asked about mandatory disclosures and the requirements to file a financial affidavit in their Tampa family law case. In short, the easiest way to think of these mandatory disclosures are that they are the required documents to back up the numerical figures on the financial affidavit. As you can […]

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Did Florida eliminate permanent alimony?

Few bills in Tallahassee get Tampa Divorce Attorneys’ attention like bills regulating alimony and more recently, bills purporting to eliminate it being permanent in some unique situations.   As we have discussed elsewhere on our Tampa alimony attorney blog, there are many forms of alimony available in Florida.   Arguably, the most controversial is durational alimony, where […]

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How can I get rid of this domestic violence injunction against me?

Individuals with domestic violence injunctions against them are always interested in trying to get them set aside, so they can possess firearms, have the injunction of their record, have contact with the other party, etc.  Our Tampa domestic violence injunction attorneys have extensive experience both defending, prosecuting and setting aside domestic violence injunctions.  Florida Statute […]

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Can my friends and family attend mediation with me?

No, they cannot.  As we discuss elsewhere on our Tampa Family Law Attorney blog, mediation is required in all Tampa Family Law matters regardless of whether it is a divorce matter, post judgment issue or paternity case.   There are two types of mediation – public, through a mediator at the courthouse, and private, through a […]

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Who gets the retirement accounts and pensions during a divorce?

Aside from homes, the largest assets many folks have are their retirement accounts or pensions.  Obviously, retirement accounts vary from business to business including accounts that are similar to annuities, accounts based on a portion of salary paid to an employee, etc.   While pensions are also varied from State Funded Pensions for local government workers, […]

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