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Modification of Child Support in Florida

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

According to Florida law, both parents are legally obligated to financially support their children. This is true regardless of whether the parents are married or not. When parents get a divorce or separate, the court uses a specific calculation to determine the amount of child support one parent will pay to the other. Like… Read More »

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Debunking Common Myths About Prenuptial Agreements

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

In Florida, a prenuptial agreement is an agreement that two people make before getting married concerning the ownership of assets should the marriage fail. A prenuptial agreement or prenup spells out, among other things, all the property each party owns, the debts they owe, each individual’s property rights during the marriage, and how property… Read More »

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I Suspect That I Am Not the Biological Father of My Child. Can I Disestablish Paternity?

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

In Florida, when you are not married to the child’s mother, you must establish paternity to be considered the child’s legal father. Once paternity is established, the father has equal legal rights and responsibilities as the mother does to the child. Unfortunately, sometimes, after a father establishes paternity by signing a voluntary acknowledgment of… Read More »

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Can I Relocate With My Child?

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

Often, during or after a divorce, a parent will decide to move with their child for several reasons. Some parents move because of new jobs. Others move because they believe a change of location might provide a fresh start for them. And others relocate to be with new partners. However, in Florida, strict laws… Read More »

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What Is a Custody Evaluation, and Is It Right for My Case?

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

When divorcing parents cannot agree on issues pertaining to child custody and timesharing, the court must step in. The court may appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) to represent the child’s best interest. The court may also order a custody evaluation. This evaluation can be ordered by the court or requested by either parent…. Read More »

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What Is the Role of a Guardian Ad Litem in a Family Law Case?

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

Many times, when parents split up, each may have differing opinions concerning what is in the best interests of their child(ren) when it comes to how custody should be handled.  Are the concerns about substance abuse where time with one parent should be limited?  Are there concerns that one parent may not ensure property… Read More »

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What “Substantial Changes” Justify Modifying a Durational Alimony Award in Florida?

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

Durational alimony in a Florida divorce is meant to provide a former spouse with economic assistance for a fixed period of time. A durational alimony award will terminate early if the recipient remarries. Either party can also ask a court to modify a durational award based on a “substantial change” in circumstances. Florida Appeals… Read More »

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Can a Florida Court Award Time-sharing Rights to a Non-Parent?

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

Recent changes to Florida’s child custody laws create a rebuttable presumption that a 50/50 time-sharing arrangement between both of a child’s parents are in that child’s best interest. Time-sharing is often a contentious issue in a divorce where minor children are involved. And in some cases, even individuals who are not a child’s legal… Read More »

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What Is the Difference Between Divorce and Annulment in Florida?

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

Most failed marriages end in divorce. But there are some cases where one or both parties may wish to pursue an annulment instead. But what is the difference? Does it matter whether you end a marriage by divorce or annulment? And how does an annulment affect issues like child custody? What Is an Annulment?… Read More »

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Can You Get a Florida Divorce for a Common-Law Marriage?

By Laura A. Olson, P.A. |

Marriage has not always been regulated by the state. In colonial America, many couples entered into “common law” marriages that were not formally recognized by any governmental or religious body. These couples held themselves out as married but never obtained any kind of marriage license. Over time, of course, the states took a greater… Read More »

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