January is Dubbed National Divorce Month. Are You Considering Participating?

January is Dubbed National Divorce Month. Are You Considering Participating?

When the holiday festivities end, people begin their planning for the New Year. For many couples, the New Year means beginning the process of divorce. January is dubbed National Divorce Month. It’s the month when courts start seeing a spike in divorce cases. In 2019, January 7 is dubbed Divorce Day. A day when Family Law Attorneys receive an increase in inquiries about divorce. The timing makes some sense. Many couples prefer not to spoil

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You’re Caught Shoplifting in Florida. Now What?

You’re Caught Shoplifting in Florida. Now What?

If you’re ever caught shoplifting in Florida, you could face serious criminal penalties. You’ll also be joining a group of people that include young and old, rich and poor, celebrities and politicians. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), 1 in 11 people will shoplift during their lifetime. However, only 1 in 48 shoplifters will be caught. Penalties for shoplifting can include fines, jail and prison time. It’s a serious charge that could

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Holiday Child Visitation Guide: How to Reduce the Child Custody Stress of the Season

Holiday Child Visitation Guide: How to Reduce the Child Custody Stress of the Season

Holidays are meant to be joyful for the whole family. However, the holidays can be stressful for divorced and separated parents and their children who must deal with visitation issues. Between parents and extended families, the holidays can be tough, taxing, and traumatic for everyone involved with children of divorce or separation. It doesn’t have to be. Many holiday planners (and Martha Stewart followers) know that a well-organized holiday schedule can be the best way

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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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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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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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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 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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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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