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Category: Divorce & Family Law

I’ve been helping divorcing spouses in Daytona Beach and Volusia and Flagler Counties in Florida for over 40 years. As I’ve gotten older so have my clients. So much so that about 10 years ago I started specializing in senior divorce, gray divorce, silver divorce, baby boomer divorce or whatever you want to call this fast growing family law sector.
Florida Child Support
Florida Statutes create the guidelines for establishing the child support obligations from one parent to the other, but what happens if the obligated parent decides to quit their job to avoid the current amount of child support or child support altogether?
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Our team at Rice Law Firm understands that divorce constitutes one of life’s most difficult transitions. We strive to help our clients through the twists and turns of this complex legal process while providing empathetic representation every step of the way. Are you curious what to expect in the process of preparing to dissolve your […]

Recent revisions to Florida alimony law have clarified what the courts will consider when ruling on an initial award of alimony or a petition to modify or terminate alimony based on the would-be recipient’s/recipient’s “supportive relationship.” These revisions recognize that the financial needs of the party who is seeking an award of alimony, or already has an alimony award, may be reduced when such a supportive relationship exists.
The important distinction between wedding and engagement rings is that the engagement ring is considered a gift that occurs before the marriage whereas the wedding rings are viewed as gifts during the marriage. 
Too often. we see family law cases wherein the parents have hostile communication, or one party is particularly high conflict with the other parent. In these circumstances, the Court may impose conditions regarding the communication between the parties to keep communication civil and on a need-to-know basis.
In general, Florida courts consider a child’s current best interests and the family’s present circumstances when ordering a parenting plan in a dissolution of marriage or paternity action. Prospective-based analyses of children’s future best interests are to be avoided. There is a recent trend, however, in allowing for timesharing planning and adjustments around future events if an event is “reasonably and objectively certain to occur at an identifiable time in the future,” i.e., when the use of a crystal ball is not needed.
A partition action is a legal proceeding involving jointly owned property. Owning real estate with another can be fraught with many challenges and disagreements. Unfortunately, not all disputes can be resolved amicably. In instances where owners cannot reach an agreement on whether to sell their property or the specifics of its sale, a partition action may become necessary.
Rice Law Firm closely follows the changes in Florida law, each year, on many legal matters, including marital and family law, as shown from our previous blogs. As an update on the issue of equitable distribution in a dissolution of marriage case in the state of Florida, both chambers of the Florida legislature, during the recent 2024 Florida legislative session, approved some important changes to Florida Statute 61.075, which is referred to as the equitable distribution provision.
Florida Statutes create the guidelines for establishing the child support obligations from one parent to the other, but what happens if the obligated parent doesn’t pay the ordered child support?