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Enforcing a final judgment in a divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

After the parties have a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, it is sometimes necessary to enforce that judgment. It is important to know the rules on enforcement prior to the final hearing because it is useless to ask for help with something that cannot be enforced. A motion for contempt can be used… Read More »

What to expect at the final hearing

By Paul E. Riffel |

Once all discovery has been completed, the case is ready to be set for final hearing. Generally, the court will schedule what is known as a “pretrial conference” first. At this conference, you will reveal to the court what the issues are, provide a list of your witnesses and a list of your exhibits,… Read More »

Domestic violence injunctions during a divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

Sometimes violence – or the threat of violence – is present in the divorce process. In those instances, it is very important that the parties separate from one another to avoid injury. Divorce is highly emotional, and those involved may not always be thinking logically. Florida provides a process for individuals to receive injunctive… Read More »

How the length of your marriage affects alimony

By Paul E. Riffel |

Alimony equals the playing field between a spouse who makes a lot of money and one who doesn’t. The two main criteria for an award of alimony are the recipient spouse’s need and the paying spouse’s ability to pay. That’s a pretty vague standard, but it’s the current standard in Florida. Currently, Florida Statute… Read More »

What happens if the parties in a divorce cannot agree on the value of their assets?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Normally, the court is going to divide the marital assets and liabilities so the parties have an equal distribution of those marital assets and liabilities. Case law is very clear that if the court decides to make an unequal distribution of the assets and liabilities there has to be a compelling reason. Therefore, it… Read More »

How assets and liabilities are valued in a divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

How does the court determine how much the assets are worth? Or how much the liabilities cost? This is why valuation of assets and liabilities is an important issue in a divorce. There can be three valuation dates of marital assets and liabilities: – First is the
date of separation of the parties. This is… Read More »

How are assets and liabilities divided in a divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

After a court identifies the characteristic of all assets and liabilities, the court must distribute those assets and liabilities fairly after considering the following factors: The contribution to the marriage by each spouse. The economic circumstances of the parties. The duration of the marriage. Any interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities of either… Read More »

Temporary relief: Getting action quick during a divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

Sometimes one of the parties needs the court to order something before the final judgment. This is called “temporary relief,” and it can include alimony, child support, attorney’s fees, suit money and costs, determination of parental responsibility, orders regarding use and possession of marital assets (including the marital home), and payment of marital liabilities…. Read More »

Collaborative Divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

A new type of process in divorce is called “collaborative law.” In such a case, the parties enter into a Collaborative Law Agreement prior to any filing of divorce. The agreement indicates that the parties will cooperate in providing discovery without the need for any court orders and that they will be forthcoming on… Read More »

Why is mediation important in a divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Mediation is required in divorce, but why is it important? Mediation is highly successful and should be used in good faith. No one is in a better position to settle his or her case than the parties themselves. Therefore, mediation is a very important aspect of the case. Even if a total agreement cannot… Read More »

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