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Summertime Child Custody Issues: Working Out Time-Sharing Schedules for Summer Activities

Summertime Child Custody Issues: Working Out Time-Sharing Schedules for Summer Activities

For many Duval County children, summer begins when schools let out around June 1st and ends when the school bell rings mid-August. During those two and a half months, wonderful childhood memories—summer camps, vacations, visits to the beach, zoo and Grandma—are made. Hopefully, children of divorced parents will not recall any summer strife surrounding child custody and time-sharing schedule issues. With a bit of advanced planning, communication and effort from both parents, summer child custody

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Search Warrants and Cell Phones: Florida Police Can Force You to Provide Your Password

Search Warrants and Cell Phones: Florida Police Can Force You to Provide Your Password

If the police have probable cause to think your cell phone contains evidence of a crime, they can obtain a search warrant to examine the content of your device. But what if you have password protected your phone? Can you be compelled to provide the police with your passcode to access the phone? Wouldn’t your refusal to provide your passcode be protected by the Fifth Amendment right against self-incriminating? In December 2016, similar questions were

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When You Want to Modify Child Support Payments in Florida

When You Want to Modify Child Support Payments in Florida

In Florida, it’s the child’s legal right that both parents financially support their basic needs. When only one parent has custody, the other parent is generally directed by the court to pay child support. Florida courts determine child support payments based on the combined income of both parents, health insurance, daycare costs, and other financial considerations as well as the amount of overnights the child is with each parent. Essentially, child support payment amounts are

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Arrested for DUI? Be Prepared for Two Separate Cases Against You.

Arrested for DUI? Be Prepared for Two Separate Cases Against You.

Being arrested for DUI can be an overwhelming, scary experience. It is a situation the State of Florida takes seriously. Prosecutors are fully prepared to execute harsh, costly punishments even for first-time offenders. Unfortunately, you won’t just be fighting one case against you. In Florida, you’ll face two cases: A criminal case in the courtroom: Where your case will be heard before a judge. An administrative case in front of a hearing officer of the

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How to Make Life After Divorce A Fresh Start

How to Make Life After Divorce A Fresh Start

The days after a divorce is finalized can bring a whirlwind of emotions. Sadness and anger might linger. You might also feel relief that the stressful legal process is over. Many times we hear clients share their confusion over what they should do next. Divorce is difficult. Many times painful. But it can also be a fresh start—where you embrace new opportunities. Taking proactive steps after your divorce can affect you in positive ways. Below

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Arrests of Juveniles can be hard for the whole family

Arrests of Juveniles can be hard for the whole family

What to Do After Your Child Has Been Arrested: As a parent it may be difficult to be notified that your child has been arrested. What happens when your child is sitting in a jail cell? It has been found that many parents are receiving these calls at higher rates in Duval County than in any other coun ty in Florida. In 2016, 469 juveniles were arrested in just Duval County for minor offenses. Minor

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How Legal Advice Can Help Make the Adoption Process a Joyous Journey

How Legal Advice Can Help Make the Adoption Process a Joyous Journey

Each November, communities across the nation celebrate National Adoption Month. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about adoption-related issues. For Duval County, National Adoption Month unofficially kicked off on October 31st. This past Halloween, 18 kids officially got new families during a Jacksonville adoption ceremony at the Duval County courthouse. We can just imagine the festivities and delight experienced by both the children and their new parents this holiday season. Adoption can be a joyous

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Possessing a Fake ID in College Can Lead to a Costly Future

Possessing a Fake ID in College Can Lead to a Costly Future

It’s Saturday night, you’re 20 years old and out partying with your college friends. Someone suggests going to that new nightclub in Jacksonville Beach. No problem, you think. You recently bought a fake id saying you’re over 21 that will make it easy to buy a couple drinks. However, the bouncer at the club spots the fake, keeps ID and prevents you from entering the bar. While you’re hanging out in the parking lot, a

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Social Media and Divorce: A Match Not Made in Heaven

Social Media and Divorce: A Match Not Made in Heaven

According to the Pew Research Center, seven-in-ten Americans use social media. The number of marriages heading to divorce ranges between 40 to 50 percent based on various sources. If you’re a Jacksonville couple heading toward divorce and have social media accounts, let’s combine the above topics into a shocking reality check: 81 percent of attorneys encountered or used posts from social media sites in divorce cases according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. While

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How to Avoid Self-Incrimination

How to Avoid Self-Incrimination

As a Jacksonville police officer takes you into custody, he informs you that: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.” As you’re put into the back of the police car, it’s imperative you understand and heed those words. Especially the first

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