Are You Really Saving Money by Using a Divorce App?

Even lawyers understand, hiring a lawyer can be intimidating. Many people fear that having a lawyer involved will be expensive. In today’s age we often turn to the internet to see if we can just do it ourselves. After doing online research there is often the temptation to turn to providers that offer a sort of in between option, they provide apps to help you fill out the forms. Since you are not hiring a lawyer in theory it is a cheaper option. Just like Web MD...

Child Care Credit: Which Parent Can Claim?

Figuring out your taxes is generally not a fun task. Throw in court order and final judgement from divorce or paternity cases in the mix and it can be a bit trickier to tell what needs to be filed. One issue that arises during divorces and paternity cases is the child care tax credit. Whether you are preparing to file your taxes or have already filed here are some important things to know.

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Child Support Modification

People change jobs, hours are cut, and as we have seen in the news recently sometimes pay is delayed altogether. When funds are tight it is normal to assess your finances, including your child support obligation. However, a change in income does not necessary mean your child support will change. Start by assessing your child support obligation. The Child Support Guidelines...

Coverage Counsel: What you Should Know.

You arrive at the courthouse for your hearing and your attorney is not there. Instead of the person you hired there is someone there who says they are covering for your attorney. Why does this happen? Attorneys use coverage attorneys for various reasons. There are times when attorneys are double booked and must choose between cancelling a hearing or arranging coverage. Most attorneys have to hire coverage at least once in a while, family and medical emergencies come...

Preparing for a Court Appearance

1. Prepare.  Do not "wing it" when attending any hearing.  Organize your documents, review the timeline of the case,  know the current status. You can visit your clerk's website to view the online docket of your case. Be sure to bring a pen and paper to take notes during the hearing.

2. Address the parties appropriately. Refer to the judge as "your honor", bailiffs as, sir or, ma'am, counsel as Mr., Mrs., or Ms. (last name). Try to avoid "he" and "she" to refer to parties or attorneys....

Ways to Prove Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction is an essential part of filing for a divorce and something that people may take for granted. However, if you have just moved to Florida or have lived somewhere else, it can be a challenge. In order to file in Florida you must have lived in the state for a least six months and intend to reside here permanently. These are the most common ways to prove jurisdiction.

Most judges will ask to prove jurisdiction by reviewing the Florida driver's license of the person who filed...

Fox 13 Ask-A-Lawyer

We wanted to highlight a program that we participate in and have recently posted a lot about on social media. Each month the Hillsborough County Bar Association teams up with Fox 13 Tampa Bay for the Ask-A-Lawyer segment. During this segment people with questions can call in or post their question on the Facebook page.  Ask-A-Lawyer is a pro bono event, callers and posters are not charged for the legal advice given.  There are a variety of legal questions we can answer and a panel of other...

5 Things To Know About Division Of Property In A Florida Divorce

There is an old myth that division of property in a divorce is 50/50, meaning each party gets 50% of the marriage. This is not accurate.

There are many factors that judges consider when it comes to the division of assets, and judges must consider certain statutory guidelines when determining how property will be divided upon divorce.

1. Only Marital Property Is Considered

Before the judge begins to split the property between the two parties, she must first determine what is...

3 Options For Finalizing Divorce In Florida

Divorce is a difficult time for everyone involved, both emotionally and logistically. When it comes to dividing assets and legally finalizing a divorce, there are several options available.

No matter which option a person chooses, it is always a good plan to hire experienced legal counsel to make sure nothing is overlooked and that the division of assets is fair.

1. Agreement Between The Parties

Occasionally, parties to a marriage may decide that they can determine how to split...