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Can I Legally Separate in Florida?

question marksThe end of a marriage does not always mean divorce. For some, the decision to legally separate rather than divorce is the right choice. There can be a host of reasons why separation is more attractive than divorce, such as when the parties desire to protect assets yet desire to live apart. When separating, the issues of child custody, visitation, and other issues usually associated with divorce also surface.

However, Florida is one of only a handful of states that do not recognize legal separation. While this does not mean you are not free to live apart and remain married, it does mean the Courts will not recognize your status as separated. And while this may seem to be a hard and fast rule, at least per the statute, there does seem to be… Continue reading

Not So Civil Divorce

woman covering earsTechnically a divorce proceeding is a civil case. But there are instances where the parties may not act so civilly. Divorces can be emotionally charged, and when one of the parties acts out on that emotion the need for a restraining order may arise. The attorneys at the Ferraro Law Group are able to identify when circumstances warrant a formal request that your ex-spouse be prohibited from contacting you as opposed to the ordinary emotions that go along with changing your family’s status. When necessary, we aggressively protect you and your family by seeking orders that keep you safe.

A recent news report tells the story of one Judge’s granting of a temporary restraining order against a well-known politician. Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson was recently ordered to stay away from his wife of 24 years. Additionally, the Court gave temporary custody of the couple’s… Continue reading

Remedies When Your Ex Violates Court Orders

justice scalesOrders of the Court are serious documents. The parties are expected to follow the terms ordered by the Judge, and when violations occur the responsible reaction is to hold the party in violation accountable for their actions. Seeking an Order of Contempt can serve as a wakeup call to a non-compliant ex-spouse that you are serious about abiding by what the Court has ordered and will not tolerate deviations. The Ferraro Law Group knows that circumstances change, and strict adherence to support and other obligations may not always be feasible. However, the law provides avenues for seeking changes to orders rather than allowing for outright ignoring the terms in place. When one party makes the choice to disregard a Court order instead of seeking to have a change made, we fight for your rights to remain in place. One of the tools at our disposal… Continue reading

Can I Relocate With My Children?

family with kidsAfter the dust settles and the terms of a divorce become final, issues still arise that need handling. One common issue is when one of the parties remarries and needs to relocate with a new spouse. If there are children, the question about removing the children from the same location as one of the parents must be immediately answered. To get the information you need, call an attorney at the Ferraro Law Group with experience in family law cases.

Relocation of children is a legal issue, and when the need to move arises you must seek Court permission. If you have been offered a new job opportunity, have remarried and need to move with your new spouse, or have other needs that require relocation of your children, you will have to file a Petition with the Court allowing the relocation. The Petition… Continue reading

The Decision to Mediate Your Divorce

business partnersDivorce cases are made up of many complex issues, can be volatile, and take a financial as well as emotional toll on the parties. For some couples, the decision to submit their case to mediation is the right choice. The Ferraro Law Group participates in litigation of divorce matters as well as mediation. Our goal is to reach a resolution in a way that is right for you, without advocating for one forum over the other.

After having made the difficult decision to dissolve a marriage, consider the possible benefits of mediation. These benefits include:

● Lower cost

● A generally shorter time from inception to conclusion

● An informal setting, which instantly calms nerves and lowers the chances for emotional responses

● Accountability and meaningful participation for decisions made about the issues that matter to you most

If you are hesitant about… Continue reading

Alimony Reform

handing moneyPayment of alimony in Florida can have an element of permanency. Advocates on both sides of the financial equation are keeping their eye on possible reform to this structure. The issue is critical for both sides because for those that are making alimony payments, reform could mean an end to permanent payments. The issue? For those that receive, reform could mean an end to receiving permanent payments. We are ever mindful of the changing legislation that affects your financial stability in a divorce. We have experience representing both sides of this issue and offer sound advice for your position.

Alimony reform is a hot topic, but lawmakers have decided to table the issue. At least for 2014. Make no mistake, efforts to reform Florida’s outdated alimony payment structure will resurface. Some of the things to look for include:

● A reduction in long term… Continue reading

Financial Stability of your Children After Divorce

piggy bankThe ability to provide for your children after a divorce is an issue that weighs heavily during your divorce case. At Ferraro Law Group we have helped thousands of people get to the other side of divorce in a way that is workable and with plans in place that make sense. We take very seriously the comfort and well-being of your children, and work tirelessly to make sure their lives remain as normal as possible. Of key importance in this endeavor is making certain child support is awarded in an appropriate amount.

 

The child support guidelines in Florida take into account the following things:

 

● The financial ability of each parent to pay and/or financially provide for the children.

● The standard of living to which the children are accustomed.

● The age and needs of the children.

When an… Continue reading

The Benefit to Therapy During Divorce

16734424_sThe idea of going to marriage counseling during a divorce may seem fruitless, but only at first. While it is not uncommon for some attempts at therapy to result in one party trying more than the other, with the right approach marriage counseling can actually help you during the divorce case. At Ferraro Law Group, we offer family law services in a way that works for your family. In some cases, participating in counseling during your divorce case results in a better understanding of your family’s needs and how to best approach conflict when it arises.

Psychological professionals agree therapy during divorce is good. The benefits to attending marriage counseling, even while proceeding with a divorce include:

● A safe place: providing the party who initiated the divorce with a place where important issues can be raised in an environment that feels safe helps… Continue reading