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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The Art of Co-Parenting

The Art of Co-Parenting

Throughout the year, Jacksonville soccer fields team with thousands of kids and their cheering parents. Soccer parenting is a traditional way of life for many households. In April, a Facebook post and photo celebrating a 4-year old Georgia girl and her four supportive soccer parents went viral. As of mid-July, over 87,000 Facebook members shared that post and over 3.4K left comments. The photo and the story behind it have been featured in media across

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What to Do and Not to Do When Driving With a Suspended License in Florida

What to Do and Not to Do When Driving With a Suspended License in Florida

A Jacksonville police officer just pulled you over. Why? Well, maybe you have a broken brake light, tag light, or another minor traffic infraction. You hand over your license, registration and insurance card as requested. The officer runs your license, then asks “did you know your license is suspended?” Your answer could mean the difference between a civil traffic infraction (moving violation)—essentially a traffic ticket with some teeth—or a criminal traffic charge (misdemeanor or felony

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What to Do When Legally Carrying a Firearm and Stopped by the Police

What to Do When Legally Carrying a Firearm and Stopped by the Police

Getting pulled over by police during a traffic stop can be nerve wracking, especially if you have a firearm in the vehicle. If you’re a law-abiding gun owner—meaning you hold a concealed weapon license (CWL) or you are properly storing the firearm in your vehicle without a concealed permit—you need to familiarize yourself with the law and your constitutional rights. After all, we’ve all probably seen various news media reports on police interactions with gun

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Too Fast Too Reckless: When Speeding Leads to Criminal Charges

Too Fast Too Reckless: When Speeding Leads to Criminal Charges

Let’s say you’re late for work; you hop on I95 and start speeding north toward Downtown Jacksonville. Hey, that car in front is moving way too slow for you. You tailgate for a moment looking for that brief opening in the lane on your left. There’s the opening. You whip your car over, punch the gas passing the car on your right then zip over in front of it. Weaving in and out, you’re now

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