Florida 2020 Alimony Reform Legislation May End Permanent Alimony

Florida 2020 Alimony Reform Legislation May End Permanent Alimony

In 2020, lawmakers in Tallahassee will address spousal support law in Florida. HB 843, a bill introduced in December 2019, proposes to reform alimony practices in Florida. The bill targets many dissolution of marriage “standard of living” considerations, including removal of permanent alimony. For many years, the Florida Legislature has debated removing this type of alimony but was met with resistance from various organizations and government officials, including Gov. Rick Scott who vetoed a bill

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What are a Florida Party Host, Restaurant or Bar’s Legal Responsibilities for a Holiday Season DUI?

What are a Florida Party Host, Restaurant or Bar’s Legal Responsibilities for a Holiday Season DUI?

  While the holiday season is a time to celebrate joy, peace, friends, and family, it’s also a period where people tend to drink more alcohol. With more people likely to be driving on the road with one too many drinks after leaving a holiday party, restaurant or bar, Florida authorities traditionally increase the amount of their driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement efforts. If you’re a driver facing a DUI charge, Fusco Law Group

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Injured While Shopping in Florida? Understand Your Legal Rights Regarding Retail Store Slip and Falls.

Injured While Shopping in Florida? Understand Your Legal Rights Regarding Retail Store Slip and Falls.

Bustling retail stores are one of the many hallmarks of the holiday season in Florida and across the nation. It’s also a time when retail-related accidents can occur that may lead to serious injuries. While retail accidents may occur throughout the year, the holiday season can be especially hazardous. Heightened risks may result in: Slips and falls caused by floor hazards, poor lighting, merchandise misplaced on floor Head and body injuries due to falling merchandise,

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Florida Domestic Violence Laws, Your Rights, and General Information

Florida Domestic Violence Laws, Your Rights, and General Information

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. It’s a month set aside during the year to bring awareness to the issues and victims of domestic violence across the nation. It’s an issue that urgently deserves more attention. Every minute across the U.S., 20 people experience domestic violence. We’ll touch on domestic violence statistics in Florida plus State laws and your rights below. However, if you require immediate assistance, please call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119

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2019 Florida Criminal Justice Reform: What You Need to Know About the Law

2019 Florida Criminal Justice Reform: What You Need to Know About the Law

In June 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a comprehensive criminal justice bill into law. Officially becoming law on October 1, 2019, the law reforms many Florida Statutes dealing with the State’s criminal justice system. We’ll discuss many of the criminal justice changes impacted by the law below. If you’re curious about how the criminal justice reforms could potentially impact a criminal charge you’re involved in, we’ll be happy to provide a free consultation. Give us

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Tips on Co-parenting an Adolescent with an Ex-Spouse

Tips on Co-parenting an Adolescent with an Ex-Spouse

Raising a teen can be a stressful experience for any parent. Dealing with teens can be especially complicated when co-parenting them with an ex-spouse. Both parents are dealing with separate households and potentially new relationships. Now, along comes a teenager seeking their own independence. Where before they adoringly followed along with the parent’s instructions and guidance—they’re now constantly questioning and challenging the authority of both parents. Divorced parents along with all other parents deal with

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What You Need to Know About Texting and Driving in Florida and Your Rights

What You Need to Know About Texting and Driving in Florida and Your Rights

This year, Florida joins 45 states in making texting while driving a primary traffic offense. Now, police can pull you over if they see a phone in your hand while driving. Before this new legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2019, texting and driving was considered a secondary offense where drivers could be cited when pulled over for another offense. The legislation aims at reducing the rate of distracted driving in the State. Distracted

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What You Need to Know About Alimony & Spousal Support Laws in Florida

What You Need to Know About Alimony & Spousal Support Laws in Florida

When our clients start the process of dissolving their marriage in Florida, the topic of alimony and spousal support invariably comes up. Usually asked in some phrasing of the following questions: “Can I get alimony from my ex?”  “Will I have to pay my ex alimony?” Our answer to both questions is: “Maybe.” Florida laws do not provide a guarantee either spouse will be granted alimony or spousal support in cases of divorce. Below, we’ll

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Police Can’t Force You to Unlock Your Smartphone Using Fingerprint or Face

Police Can't Force You to Unlock Your Smartphone Using Fingerprint or Face

According to Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California, police cannot force a suspect to unlock their phone through facial recognition, a fingerprint or an iris scan. Forcing a suspect to do so would violate their rights against self-incrimination as protected by the Fifth Amendment. This decision overrules previous circuit court rulings in California that biometric features were considered testimonies since suspects weren’t verbally giving up their

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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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