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January 2013 Archives

Military custody dispute instructive in Florida, nationally

Florida is home to a sizable number of Armed Forces personnel, both active-duty and reservist service members. In fact, and when all the state's Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard installations are considered, the population of military members in Florida totals well more than 100,000 persons.

Parenting tips for when teens move between households

Raising a teenager is a tall order for any parent, but when those teens' parents have gone through a divorce, the challenges are often amplified. If you're attempting to co-parent with your former spouse, there may be some potential for conflict that could ultimately erode your relationship with your child.

Permanent alimony continues to be a hot-button topic in Florida

This is the second blog post within a relatively recent period to address permanent alimony following divorce in Florida (please see our post dated January 13, 2012). The reason for that: Permanent alimony is a decidedly "hot" topic in the distinct minority of states that continue to have such a law on their books, and it is an especially lively topic in Florida.

Is there gender discrimination for divorced dads at the workplace?

A working father recently summarized his views for a media publication on what he termed the "hidden discrimination" that he says applies to many divorced fathers at the workplace. The following chronicles much of what he had to say.

NBA star Bryant, wife turn to Internet to announce reconciliation

The on-again, off-again marriage of basketball superstar Kobe Bryant is on again. The couple used Vanessa Bryant's Instagram account to tell the world that they've reconciled and are dismissing their high-asset divorce case. Kobe Bryant's Facebook page confirmed the reconciliation. The announcement marks the latest chapter in the celebrity couple's high-profile relationship.

State senator, reform group seek Florida alimony changes

Kelli Stargel, former Florida House of Representatives member and newly elected state Senator (R-Lakeland), has alimony on her mind and, with backing from the grassroots advocacy group Florida Alimony Reform, says she will soon introduce legislation aimed at eliminating the state's provision for permanent alimony.

Baseball star's divorce highlights common divorce issues

As we have noted in prior blog posts, divorce is a flatly unique experience for every couple that goes through it. That is why, in the viewpoint of many family law commentators, a cookie cutter approach to the matter, with a few boilerplate forms and recommendations, is a hapless exercise in all but a few instances of dissolution. Namely, those are divorces in which virtually nothing is at issue, and those types of outcomes are anomalies, indeed.

Aftermath of NFL tragedy now focuses on child custody, estate issues

A tragedy coming out of the professional sports world last month quickly grew into a national story for several reasons, including its strong focus on domestic violence and child custody, with implications that continue.

Divorce and the implications of an online footprint

Time-honored advice to a client in Florida or elsewhere from an experienced divorce attorney certainly includes the admonition to refrain from any questionable conduct that can catch the public's eye and cast doubts on parental judgment and abilities.

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