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What if you want to appeal your divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

If the judge in your case renders a Final Judgment that you do not think follows Florida law, you have the right to appeal. This must be done within 30 days from the entry of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. A notice of appeal is filed, and a filing fee must be… Read More »

The types of alimony that a judge can award

By Paul E. Riffel |

There are four different types of periodic alimony that are available for the trial court to award: Bridge the gap alimony: Bridge the gap alimony is limited to fewer than two years and terminates upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the party receiving alimony. Such alimony may not be… Read More »

What happens to your pension in a divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Pensions are also subject to equitable distribution. The pension earned during the marriage is a marital asset and the pension earned prior to marriage would be considered a non-marital asset. Therefore, one generally needs to look at the value of the pension at or about the date of marriage to determine what is the… Read More »

Parenting during and after divorce: time-sharing and shared parental responsibility

By Paul E. Riffel |

It is Florida policy to encourage both parents to have “frequent and continuing contact” with their children and to “share the rights and responsibilities, enjoys, of child rearing” after divorce. Florida law refers to this as “parental responsibility,” and most parties have shared parental responsibility. Florida law creates a preference for this so that… Read More »

Mediation: An important step in a divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

In a divorce, before a hearing can be held before a judge, the parties must attend mediation. It’s an important step in the divorce process and will be the subject of this three-part blog series. Florida law defines mediation as “a process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and… Read More »

A clearer financial picture during divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

During a divorce, it’s very important to have a clear picture of each party’s financial status, and in addition to the Financial Affidavit, there are other ways to ensure the other party produces all financial documentation. For one, there are written questions, called “interrogatories,” which ask questions about a party’s education, assets and liabilities…. Read More »

An important document in divorce: the Financial Affidavit

By Paul E. Riffel |

During a divorce, each party must provide a Financial Affidavit. There are two different forms of this affidavit. One is for people with income less than $50,000 and one is for people in excess of $50,000 per year. A Financial Affidavit provides the court with information about each party’s financial status, including income and… Read More »

Restoring your maiden name

By Paul E. Riffel |

If you are a female navigating divorce, be sure to speak with your counsel if you want to have your former last name restored. If you want to go back to your maiden name, this request must be in the Petition or Counter Petition or the court will not have power to grant it… Read More »

Fault in Florida divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

In Florida, courts generally do not consider fault in divorce. It’s been a no-fault sate for the past 40 years, so allegations of adultery and abuse are unnecessary. However, there is an exception for fault: if the fault has financial impact upon the parties. In other words, if a party has improperly disposed of… Read More »

Coming up with a parenting plan for post-divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

Currently, Florida law requires that the court prepare a Parenting Plan, which is a detailed time-sharing schedule. In this Parenting Plan, time-sharing is dealt with along with the division of holidays, extracurricular activities and travel issues. There are many different parenting plan forms floating around on the Internet for your review, and the Florida… Read More »

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