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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 »

What happens after you file for a domestic violence injunction?

By Paul E. Riffel |

A temporary injunction is only valid for up to 15 days. A hearing will be set within that time period in order to give the other spouse the opportunity to present evidence and testimony that the injunction is not appropriate. A permanent injunction may be entered after that hearing, or it may be dissolved…. 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 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 »

How do you pay child support in Florida?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Child support is usually paid through the State Disbursement Unit in Tallahassee, and this protects both the payor and the payee. A record is kept and can be accessed at any time showing what payments have been received by the SDU and disbursed to the payee. The payor has to pay a small fee… Read More »

How is child support established in Florida?

By Paul E. Riffel |

Both parents have an equal duty to support their children. You need to know that the right to support belongs to the child, and it may not be waived or contracted away by a parent. The court must set child support pursuant the guideline amount – calculated by using a formula – unless it… Read More »

Florida’s “parents and divorce” course

By Paul E. Riffel |

During a divorce, all parties with minor children are required to attend a “parents and divorce” course approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families before entry of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. I recommend that you take this course as quickly as possible because it will help you navigate through… Read More »

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