Broward County Divorce Law Blog

Interception! Lost your stimulus check to child support?

Could there be a flag on that play?

One way the federal government collects late or defaulted debts like past-due taxes or missed student loan payments that Americans owe the government is by seizing debtors’ federal tax refunds to repay itself, rather than sending out those refunds to the intended taxpayers. This process is an “administrative offset.”

“I just can’t afford it.”

Options available to Florida alimony payors in times of financial uncertainty and unrest 

At this time of personal and economic uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Floridians impacted by job loss or income reduction may find themselves unable to pay alimony obligations to ex-spouses. Or, an alimony payor could become unable to work if they suffer illness from the new coronavirus.

“The cold plunge”

What happens when passive investments depreciate in value after a Florida divorce filing 

Sometimes it takes a while to get divorced. While the legal proceeding is open and pending, economic and financial problems in the markets beyond the control of either party can have negative impact on the value of marital assets subject to division between the divorcing spouses. A passive depreciation – meaning that neither party had any control over or effect on market forces – in the value of an asset such as stock or real estate could make a division of marital property unfair if based on the value before the depreciation.

The new coronavirus abroad

What can you do to stop a former spouse from traveling to high-risk places with your children?

At the time of this writing, Florida, the nation and the world are struggling to understand COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), a previously unknown illness that recently originated in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new virus a pandemic because of its rapid worldwide spread.

When love packs a punch …

Attorneys fees in domestic violence proceedings 

Florida law allows a person who is the victim of domestic violence or who is in real fear of domestic violence to obtain a court order for protection to prevent the perpetrator from having contact with the victim. The Florida Supreme Court has said that if a person files a petition for a certain type of protective injunction, but the petition is not supported by actual events or facts, the defendant may seek to recover legal fees from the petitioner through the court.

His friends say I should drop it

Third-party communication in domestic violence proceedings

Let’s say you are a Floridian whose partner has been violent toward you, your child or another family member or whose spouse’s actions have been so threatening that you were afraid for your safety. You went to court and got a no contact order that says your partner must stay away from you and not contact you directly – or indirectly through a third party.

Who’s to blame when Cupid misses the mark? Florida no-fault divorce

Its Valentine’s Day once more and while those in successful – or new – relationships will celebrate, people in unhappy marriages – or recently divorced – may wonder what went wrong. Sometimes it is obvious. The couple could not survive infidelity, domestic abuse or the stress of bankruptcy or of serious illness or disability. 

“On the Road Again” – Relocation of military ex-spouses, part 2

When the military relocates a divorced spouse who is a service member away from the other ex-spouse, what happens with the kids?

In our last post, we introduced the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act (UDPCVA), which the Florida legislature adopted effective July 1, 2018. The UDPCVA provides a legal framework for temporary custody, visitation and parental decision-making authority of children during their divorced parent’s military deployment.

“On the Road Again” – Relocation of military ex-spouses, part 1

When the military relocates a divorced spouse who is a service member away from the other ex-spouse, what happens with the kids?

You can imagine a number of different, potentially difficult situations that could evolve when two ex-spouses have minor children and one is deployed into military service. One day, they are living according to the terms of their divorce regarding custody, parental responsibility and visitation. The next day, they learn that because one of them will be deployed away from home, they will not be able to adhere to the parenting plan that was approved in the divorce – whether one negotiated between them or crafted by the judge – to provide parenting arrangements in the children’s best interests.

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