General information on dissolution of marriage

Restrictions on Time-Sharing

Sometimes–such as when there is a history of domestic violence–courts order restrictions on time-sharing.  A video from GetLegal describes options that are available for restricted time-sharing.

Video: Preparing for a Child Custody Hearing

GetLegal offers a helpful video on preparing for an evidentiary hearing in a child custody matter:

Video: Another Warning About Facebook and Divorce

The following video from Fox 25 out of Boston warns family law litigants of the dangers of posting information on social networking sites such as Facebook:

Ten Tips for Divorcing Parents

The following article was written by Mike McCurley for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers:

Divorce is never easy on kids, but there are many ways parents can lessen the impact of their break-up on their children:

  1. Never disparage your former spouse in front of your children. Because children know they are “part mom” and “part dad,” the criticism can harm the child’s self-esteem.
  2. Do not use your children as messengers between you and your former spouse.The less the children feel a part of the battle between their parents, the better. Read more

General Rules Governing Mediation

The Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida (which includes Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties) offers the following general rules for mediation:*

  1. Mediation is a supervised settlement conference presided over by a neutral mediator who suggests alternatives, analyzes issues, questions perceptions, uses logic, conducts private meetings with attorneys and their clients, stimulates negotiations between opposing sides, and keeps order. The mediator does NOT hear any testimony, review any evidence or make a decision. The only result of the Mediation Conference is the agreement, or non-agreement, of the parties. This is not an arbitration procedure.
  2. The appearance of counsel who will try the case, and their clients (a management representative if a corporate party) with full authority to enter into a full and complete compromise and settlement is mandatory. An insured party must have a fully authorized representative (not the attorney) of the insurance company attend the mediation conference. Read more

Video: Judge Sullivan Discusses Dependency and Delinquency

Judge Irene Sullivan, author of  “Raised by the Courts”, appointee of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Law and Order Transition Team, and formerly a member of the Unified Family Court in the Sixth Judicial Circuit (Pinellas County), discusses dependency and delinquency in this video:

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Temporary Time-Sharing Modification Due to Military Service

If a parent is activated, deployed, or temporarily assigned to military service, courts have the option of entering a temporary order that modifies a custody order.  That temporary order may provide the non-military parent with more time-sharing.  Due to recent changes to section 61.13002, Florida Statutes, the Court also has the option of designating a family member of the child to exercise time-sharing on behalf of the military parent.  Any temporary modification of the time-sharing will be dissolved once the military parent returns from the service, deployment, or temporary assignment.

Additionally, the temporary order may address child support by taking the following actions:

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Spanish-Language Video on Children and Divorce

As I wrote in my previous post, the Virgina State Bar Association’s Family Law Section produced a video entitled “Spare the Child” which discusses how to safeguard the emotional well-being of children during divorce and other family law proceedings.  The section has also produced a Spanish-language version of the video, entitled “Proteger al Niño.”  You may access this video after the jump:

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Helping Children Cope With Divorce

The Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section has produced a video which discusses the impact of divorce on children and how parents can go about easing the transition.  The video, entitled “Spare the Child,” utilizes personal stories and everyday language to promote the emotional well-being of children as they go through a family law proceeding.  You may access the video after the jump (click “continue reading”):

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Restraining Orders in Florida

Florida law provides for four different types of violence-related restraining orders–also known as “injunctions”–for various circumstances:  (i) domestic violence; (ii) sexual violence; (iii) dating violence; and (iv) repeat violence.  The following video from the Pinellas County Clerk of the Court explains the circumstances for which each type of injunction may be appropriate: