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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a yearly reminder for people to be mindful of a serious situation that can be devastating to victims—leaving deep scars in women, men and children that take years and even decades to heal. The U.S. Government estimates that nearly 25% of all adult women and nearly 14% of men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner. As alarming as those statistics can be, what’s just as harrowing

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Understand Boating Laws & Boating Under the Influence in Florida

Understand Boating Laws & Boating Under the Influence in Florida

For many boaters throughout the country, the wrap up of summer fun means one last boating adventure before fall and winter arrive. While summer is the height of boating season in Florida as well, we’re fortunate to enjoy weather that allows boating throughout most of the year. Northeast Florida offers miles and miles of waterways. All enjoyed by 59,256 boaters who registered their recreational vessels in Duval, Nassau, St. Johns and Clay counties according to

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No-Fault Divorce in Florida: When Irreconcilable Differences Lead to Divorce

No-Fault Divorce in Florida: When Irreconcilable Differences Lead to Divorce

Approximately 50,000 couples will file for divorce in Florida this year. That annual average rate ranks Florida among one of the top states in the United States for divorces. There are numerous reasons why marriages fail. Possibly one spouse is at fault due to: Adultery Abuse Financial irresponsibility Maybe there is no fault at all. One spouse might feel bored in the marriage or determine they’re just not compatible as a couple. It could be

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Florida Criminal Justice System Will Soon Be More Transparent

Florida Criminal Justice System Will Soon Be More Transparent

A new Florida law taking effect July 1 promises to be a game-changing move toward transparency in the criminal justice system. The law (CS/CS/SB 1392: Criminal Justice) requires all 67 counties to release 25 percent more criminal-justice system data pertaining to: Courts Jails Policing Prison The data will be collected and published in a statewide Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) system publically accessible by the summer of 2019. Going forward, Attorneys, Prosecutors, and the public

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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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