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What is the Dissipation of Assets in a Florida Divorce?

By Westchase Law P.A. |

Adultery is one of the most common reasons for divorce. However, Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. That means that fault-based grounds are not considered by the court when determining the division of assets. In Florida, the only legal grounds for divorce is the breakdown of the marriage colloquially known… Read More »

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What is Parental Alienation Syndrome?

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When divorcing parents have children it adds an incredible amount of stress to the divorce. Rights to the children are often a contentious part of the divorce proceedings. In some cases, one parent will use the children as a battleground in the divorce proceedings. They will say awful things about the other parent in… Read More »

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Protecting Your Business with a Prenuptial Agreement in Florida

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In Florida, when a couple divorces, all properties that were acquired during the marriage are a part of the marital estate. However, what many individuals do not know is that the accrued value of a business is also considered a part of the marital estate. As an example, if you started a business that… Read More »

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Am I Responsible for My Spouse’s Student Loans?

By Westchase Law P.A. |

To understand the answer to this question, you must be familiar with the concept of the marital estate. The marital estate includes all assets and debts that were acquired during the marriage. In cases where a spouse went to college before marrying, all of that debt would be part of their own estate. In… Read More »

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Debunking Myths Concerning Mediation in a Florida Divorce

By Westchase Law P.A. |

Many Florida residents have some interesting opinions when it comes to mediating a divorce. Suffice it to say, these opinions do not reflect the reality of the situation. In Florida, couples are required by law to attempt mediation. If mediation doesn’t work out, then the case may proceed to litigation which is the type… Read More »

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What is a Domestic Violence Injunction?

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Domestic violence is defined as any assault or battery upon a household member. This can include assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual battery, or stalking. When domestic violence occurs, the victim can petition the court for a domestic violence injunction colloquially referred to as a restraining order. In… Read More »

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Do You Need an Attorney to File for Divorce in Tampa, Florida?

By Westchase Law P.A. |

At the risk of sounding self-serving, the answer to this question is generally “yes”. While there is no law that states you must have an attorney to file for divorce in Florida, the divorce will change your life dramatically and your financial situation will become unstable. The reason why divorces end up before the… Read More »

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Understanding Mediation in a Florida Divorce

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Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is considered mandatory in a Florida divorce to pursue mediation prior to litigating your divorce. A litigated divorce is similar to what you see on television programs that like to turn up the heat on the drama. Most television programs would not air an episode… Read More »

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Is an Uncontested Divorce in Your Best Interests?

By Westchase Law P.A. |

There are many ways to dissolve a marriage in Florida. Those can include mediation, collaborative divorce, and litigation. However, the simplest and fastest way to dissolve a marriage is by filing an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is a proceeding in which both parties draft their divorce decree and mutually agree on all of… Read More »

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How Can You Change Your Name In Tampa, Florida?

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Some people want to change their name. But, in order for them to do so in Tampa, Florida, they must adhere to a very particular set of requirements, as well as a specific process. By being aware of the name change requirements, as well as the name change process, changing one’s name becomes much… Read More »

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