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May 2013 Archives

Fort Lauderdale Family Law: How Do Courts Determine Timesharing & Child Custody in Florida Divorce Cases?

In a typical Florida divorce case, parents will argue before the court why they are suited to have certain periods of timesharing or custody of minor children. Sometimes, the parents are in agreement; other times, each argues for more time or custody than the other should receive.

Yet, assuming their arguments are based in fact - not trumped up fiction or denigration of the other parent, the courts use a fairly standard matrix to weigh the merits and render a decision.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Vetoes Bills to End Lifetime or Permanent Alimony

From Fort Lauderdale to Boca Raton and across Florida, family law attorneys and divorce lawyers watched with keen interest this week as the Florida Legislature passed sweeping changes to the state's long-standing laws affecting lifetime or permanent alimony. All the bills needed were Florida Gov. Rick Scott's signature. Gov. Scott vetoed this week the highly controversial alimony reform bill that would have resulted in dramatic changes to long-established family law statutes and practices.

As of the writing of this blog, a move apparently was afoot to change the bill's language and attach it to other legislation before the Legislative session ends May 3. That result remains to be seen.

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