Reminder: Marijuana Possession is STILL a State Crime in Florida

As of October 2021, 18 states have fully legalized recreational marijuana. In mid-2021, Virginia became the first southern state to legalize cannabis. Although Florida voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana usage in November 2016, possession of recreational marijuana is still a crime according to the Florida Statutes. Some Municipalities Have Decriminalized Marijuana Possession Starting in June 2015 Read More

Is Your Spouse Hiding Money?

One of the key issues for divorcing spouses is the issue of property division. This includes money, vehicles, houses, family-owned companies, and other marital property. The courts are obligated to fairly and equitably divide marital property.  To ensure that all marital property is fairly and equitably divided in a Florida divorce, there is a near-exhaustive list of financial disclosures each spouse must Read More

Financial Documents You Must Produce in a Florida Divorce (Updated for 2021)

To help ensure that both spouses going through a divorce get a fair settlement, Florida law requires parties to produce certain financial documents. Many spouses understandably view the numerous requirements as cumbersome. However, these documents must be produced in order to obtain a dissolution of marriage (plus a few other legal events) in Florida. Your attorney and judge aren’t simply trying to make your life Read More

What Does it Take to Modify Child Support or Alimony in Florida?

One of the only constants in life is change. In fact, according to the Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, change is life’s only constant. Many individuals who have been divorced—and especially those with children—know what life’s changes can do to child support and alimony orders in the divorce decree. Sometimes, a significant change can make it impossible to satisfy the requirements in a court order. In that Read More

Domestic Violence Injunctions for Protection in Florida

Before reading past this paragraph, please understand that this blog will cover a restraining order for domestic violence in Florida, which is legally referred to as an “Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence.” We will take a deeper dive into Florida’s definition of domestic violence and how to request a domestic violence injunction below, but this blog will not cover the other types of restraining Read More

Tools for Mental Health Awareness Month

Around one in five Americans has a diagnosed mental illness, and plenty more have not been formally diagnosed but continue to silently struggle through life. Though society has made significant strides toward de-stigmatizing mental illness in the past decade, there is still plenty of work to do. It’s also no secret that COVID-19 has deteriorated the nation’s collective mental health in the past year. Heather Bryan Read More

The Administrative License Driving Procedure in Florida

After you or someone close to you is arrested for DUI, your mind is (rightfully) on the upcoming criminal case and the consequences of a DUI conviction. At the same time, though, the driver’s license of the person arrested is subject to an administrative suspension. Fortunately, there may be a way to get temporary driving privileges that may be used for business purposes only.  These include: commuting to work, Read More

What is a Duty of Care, and How Does it Tie into Your Personal Injury Case?

Whether you suffered a serious personal injury due to a slip and fall, a car accident, medical malpractice, a defective product, or other cause, you will have to show that these four conditions apply to your case:  The defendant owed you a certain duty of care; The defendant breached the duty of care that you were owed; The event that caused your injuries resulted from the breach; and  You are eligible for damages Read More

What Makes an Uncontested Divorce Become Contested?

No two divorces in Florida are identical. Some couples have been married decades, own multiple homes, and have adult children. Other couples looking for a dissolution of marriage (the legal term in Florida for divorce) have only been married for a couple of years and never seriously considered having children together. And, of course, there are countless couples in between.  What every divorce has in common is that Read More

Do You Have Enough Coverage For a Serious Car Accident?

Many Floridians assume the answer to the question posed in this blog’s title is, “yes.” After all, Florida law requires you to have a minimum amount of insurance coverage in order to lawfully drive a car in the state. Isn’t that enough?  Unfortunately, it’s not enough in many cases. Florida drivers are required to carry only $10,000 worth of personal injury protection (PIP) and the same amount in personal damage Read More