Co-Parenting Through the Holidays

It's that time of year.  The time when I get complaints about my child's parent is not being cooperative about Christmas and I want to take them to court.  It is difficult because both parents want to spend as much time with their child as possible.  You may want to leave to go out of town earlier than your parenting plan will allow, and maybe the other parent is being unreasonable by not allowing you to do so.  Or Read More

Modifying A Parenting Plan

I get many calls from parents wanting to change or modify their parenting plan.  The problem lies in that their reason for the change may not meet the legal requirements for a change to the parenting plan. In order to modify a parenting plan, there must be a 1) substantial, 2) material, and 3) unanticipated change in circumstances and a showing that the modification is in the best interests of the child. Parents Read More

Types of Protective Injunctions in Florida

There are 5 very specific types of injunctions, or restraining orders, that you can apply for in Florida.  It is important that you know the difference between them, because if you apply for the wrong one, the injunction can be denied. On the other hand, if you are defending against an injunction, that is the first line of defense.  Was the proper injunction applied for? Below is a listing of the types of Read More

Heather’s Top 5 “Myths” in a Divorce Case

5. We have already agreed to everything.   You may have sat down and agreed to everything.  You may have even typed it up and signed it.  But all of that may go down the drain, when it actually comes down to the process of the divorce.  I have seen that happen more times than not.  Divorce somehow has a way of making the ugly come out in even the best people.  They are hurt and they want their spouse to feel their Read More

Co-Parenting: For the Sake of Your Children

Divorce is a heart-wrenching experience.  I am speaking not only as an attorney, but also from personal experience.  It is even harder when you are undergoing it with children involved.  You tend to think that you know what is best for your children and that you are the parent that is doing things the “right way” for them.  It can be hard to remember that your children, in most cases, have another parent that loves Read More

Top 10 Things NOT To Do During A Divorce

A divorce is one of the most significant and emotional experiences that a person can go through.  Not only are you going through this life-changing event, but you have concerns about your finances, moving, belongings, and most importantly your children.  It is important not let this process turn you into a person that you don’t want to be—a person that you don’t even recognize.  Be the better person, even if your Read More

Think Before You Post

Documenting our lives on social media has become second nature.  When an event occurs, we immediately take a picture and post it to some sort of social media account.  Most people do not consider the legal consequences of what they put on their social media accounts. I recently put a meme on Instagram that read, “Dance like no one is watching; email like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition.”  I Read More

Be Careful What You Sign: Protecting Yourself and Your Assets

Sometimes people just sign documents without even reading them.  This practice is a dangerous one, especially when it comes to a power of attorney.  Be wary of general power of attorney documents that give broad power and have no expiration date.  I have seen two situations with horrific outcomes: 1), where a person did not even realize he or she was signing a power of attorney document, as it was Read More

Premarital Agreements

I have recently been asked a lot about premarital agreements.  I personally have mixed feelings about them.  My optimistic side, that wants to believe in the happy ending, sees them as setting your marriage up for failure.  But then my lawyer side kicks that version of myself right back to reality.  Depending on how you look at the statistics, approximately half of all marriages will end in divorce.  No matter Read More

Time-Sharing and Suitcases

Let me preface by saying I am not a child psychologist--I am just a lawyer.  I came across this article in the Huffington Post yesterday and I paused.  In my job, I work with parents who underneath it all, want what is best for their children. But sometimes, because of their own hurt and anger, they get sidetracked and lose sight of that.  This article demonstrates what happens to children when parents lose Read More