Reaching Age 18 in Florida
Jul29

Reaching Age 18 in Florida

Florida considers you a legal adult for most purposes on your 18th birthday (unless a legal proceeding gives some or all the responsibility to a parent or guardian). This is also referred to as the age of majority. On your 18th birthday you can enjoy several “grown up” privileges which include the legal right to: vote, make contracts, sue on your own behalf, make a will, get medical treatment without your parent’s consent...

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Guardianship in Florida
Jul25

Guardianship in Florida

A guardian is a surrogate decision-maker appointed by the court to make personal and/or financial decisions for a minor, or for an adult with mental or physical disabilities after which they are referred to as a “ward.” Florida law requires the court to appoint a guardian for minors in circumstances where the parents die or become incapacitated, or if a child receives an inheritance or proceeds of a lawsuit or insurance...

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Retroactive Child Support in Florida
Jul12

Retroactive Child Support in Florida

Florida law always acts in the best interest of the child and states that both parents are legally responsible to provide support to their children. The court may order retroactive child support payments for the time between the date the parents separated and the date the child support order went into effect up to 24 months. If you are seeking to establish retroactive child support, or you have received a petition requesting...

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Grandparents Have Rights Too!
Jul08

Grandparents Have Rights Too!

The Courts will always take the best interest of the child into consideration and can mandate grandparent visitation as long as the grandparent’s petition meets certain requirements. Chapter 752 Grandparent Visitation Rights allows a grandparent/great-grandparent to file a petition seeking visitation with minor grandchildren under three circumstances —- when the parents are: Both parents are deceased, missing, or in a persistent...

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Should You Have a Prenuptial Agreement?
Jul05

Should You Have a Prenuptial Agreement?

Summertime is typically the most popular time of the year to tie the knot. Regardless of what time of year you get married, before you say “I do,” you should consider a prenuptial agreement between you and your intended. There are two types of marital contractual agreements – prenuptial and postnuptial. These written contracts are voluntarily entered into and are completed once the couple has wed. The couple planning...

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Who Gets the Family Pet in a Florida Divorce?
Jun29

Who Gets the Family Pet in a Florida Divorce?

In case of a divorce in Florida, family pets are considered personal property under Florida’s divorce laws and subject to equitable distribution. Because your pets are viewed as property, your pet will end up being “owned” by one party or the other party. Unfortunately, no one gets “custody” of the family dog or any other pet and there’s no ‘time sharing” or visitation as is the case with children...

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