Blending the Family: How the Stepparent Adoption Process Works in Florida

Having a stepparent adopt a child can be a very emotional and exciting time for your family. It often signifies a complete blending of a new member with all of the family’s members. Stepparent adoption is also a good idea for very practical reasons as well, such as for family estate planning purposes or other legal or administrative issues. However, this exciting occasion can also be somewhat confusing. Below is a Read More

Understanding Duty of Care

The first element of negligence is that someone else had a duty to protect you from harm. That duty is often referred to as the “duty of care.” It is a broad concept that seems simple enough on paper, but it is actually very complex. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of case law in Florida that helps describe what the duty of care means in many contexts. At the most basic level, the duty of care is the same as Read More

A Brief Guide to the Name Change Process in Florida

Going through a divorce is rarely an easy process. For many, restoring your former surname from before your marriage is a big priority because it symbolizes a split with your former partner and a transition to a new life. In fact, roughly 80% of married women in Florida will change their name back to their former surname after a divorce. In Florida, you can change your name in one of two ways. You can either make Read More

Negligence Explained

In personal injury cases in Florida, determining whether someone was negligent is one of the most important aspects of a case. If someone was negligent, it is much more likely that they will have to pay for your damages after an accident, including: Auto accidents Slip and fall cases Medical malpractice Bicycle accidents Trucking accidents Products liability In each case, you have to show that Read More

Florida Family Law: The Postnuptial Agreement

You may have heard of prenuptial agreements, but these are not the only option available to couples who want to create a contract that will be enforceable in the event of a divorce. Postnuptial agreements are similar to prenuptial agreements, but they are created and executed after the date of marriage and/or prior to separation.  While you may not be anticipating a divorce in the near future, knowing how to divide Read More

4 Tips for Dealing with Insurance Adjusters

If you have recently been involved in an accident, such as a collision with a vehicle or if you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, chances are that an insurance adjuster is trying to contact you. Most, but not all, accidents will involve an insurance company. While having insurance is extremely useful, getting them to compensate you what you deserve after an accident can be a challenge. Insurance Read More

How to File a Petition for Injunction for Protection in Florida

An Injunction - also referred to as a restraining order - is designed to protect you if you have been a victim of domestic violence or have reasonable cause to believe you are in imminent danger of becoming the victim of an act of domestic violence.  An Injunction is quick and free to file, which makes it a helpful remedy for anyone who feels like their safety or the safety of their children is at risk. It can be Read More

The Auto Accident Checklist

Auto accidents are incredibly frightening experiences, even if you only suffer minor bruising and a dented fender. One minute you are driving along Dixie Highway, heading home after a long day at the office, and the next you’re in the ditch, the sky at a strange angle above you and the smell of burned rubber in your nostrils. In a situation like this, it can be difficult to think clearly, but there are actions Read More

5 Key Steps to Help You Preserve a Personal Injury Claim

A slip and fall accident can happen at any time and practically anywhere. One minute you are shopping in your favorite mall, unaware that the floor in front of you is wet with spilled soda, and the next you are on the ground, bewildered, bruised, and in increasing pain. Depending on how hard you fell, you may even find your foreseeable future disrupted by medical bills, lost time from work, and even a mobility Read More

Factors Florida Courts Consider When Determining Child Support

Child support in Florida is determined by considering several factors according to §61.30, Florida Statutes. Ultimately, the child support guidelines pursuant to this statutory provision will determine the amount of support paid, from whom it is paid, and what credits are to be assessed to either parent.  Enumerated below are the factors considered: Factors Under the Florida Child Support Guidelines The Read More