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  • How Relocating Can Affect A Custody or Visitation Order in Florida

    Divorce is difficult enough as it is, especially when there are children involved. Once a parenting plan or custody agreement has definitively been finalized, sometimes there are cases where either parent may need to move, whether for work, a relationship, or simply by choice. Whether you find yourself in the position of the parent who wants to move to another location or the parent who does not ...
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  • How to Get a Restraining Order in Florida

    If you are in the midst of a divorce , you may be going through an incredibly difficult and complicated time with your ex-spouse. Through most divorces can be stressful, some divorces can turn volatile when one party turns violent, angry, or obsessive. These instances are far more common than you think, but they are also illegal. At Mitchell & West LLC, our Miami divorce attorneys have seen it ...
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  • Differences Between Military & Civilian Divorce

    If you’re one of the more than 1.1 million active duty members of the United States military or their spouse, your divorce will be significantly different than a normal civilian divorce. Additionally, all service members have certain rights that must be respected throughout the divorce process, as well as other obligations that are different from civilians which can further complicate your case. ...
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  • Fathers' Rights in a Divorce

    As Miami divorce lawyers, we are frequently approached by male clients who are concerned about their ability to stay involved in the lives of their children after their divorce is completed. After all, children are precious loved ones and fathers often wish to stay involved and have a constructive relationship with their children as any caring parent would. However, fathers are often concerned ...
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  • Steps to Take Before You File for Divorce

    If you have decided to file for divorce in Florida, here is an overview of what must be done. If you have any specific questions regarding your case, it is imperative to contact an experienced family lawyer for legal advice. Prepare Forms The first step is to file the right forms for your divorce – also known as “dissolution of marriage” in Florida – in the correct circuit. You must file for ...
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  • Benefits of Divorce Mediation

    Divorce can be frustrating and emotionally draining for all parties involved. Many cases which are hotly contested end up undergoing court litigation, which can be both lengthy and expensive. Fortunately, there is another way to resolve the differences you have with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. If both parties are able to determine a divorce agreement on amicable and respectful terms, mediation can ...
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  • Prenuptial Agreements: Do I Need One?

    Prenuptial agreements are one of the most controversial matters when couples are pursuing marriage, but they can in fact have positive effects in the case that divorce does occur. Though not the most romantic of documents, they can help couples determine their own financial destiny. Florida States refers to these documents as premarital agreements and they are contracts between a marrying couple ...
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  • Have You Told the Children Yet?

    Although divorce in general is never easy, divorcing parents have an especially difficult task. When a couple begins the divorce process, they will face a lot of issues including having to tell their children that they are separating. If you and your spouse have been faced with the question of, “Have you told the children yet?” our firm is here to offer guidance on this difficult action. The ...
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  • Co-Parenting Tips for During the School Year

    Mitchell & West: Miami’s Best Family Law Attorneys Co-Parenting can be challenging but with proper planning, it is possible for families of all kinds of develop arrangements which allow their children to get ahead and meet success. Finding ways to ease emotional tensions and develop sustainable and consistent frameworks for support which allow parents to work in their children's best interest, ...
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  • Collaborative Law Process for Prenups

    Mitchell & West LLC: Miami Family Lawyer The collaborative law model is the perfect choice for a prenuptial agreement because it by design diffuses a great deal of the duress which can arise from more oppositional proceedings. In the collaborative approach, couples are able to connect more closely and communicate more clearly. Instead of having to filter information and decisions through lawyers, ...
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  • Tips for Dealing with Visitation and Custody During the Holidays

    While traditionally thought of as a time of family unity and joyous get-togethers, the holiday season can be particularly rough for parents and children of divorce. In addition to triggering feelings of loneliness, this time of year can be made even more stressful due to the difficulty many couples encounter when attempting to coordinate an acceptable custody or visitation schedule. Fortunately, ...
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  • The Relationship Between Substance Abuse & Domestic Violence

    We have all heard the same story a million times: a person has an argument with their significant other, gets drunk or high to cope with their frustrations, and gets involved in a physical altercation, leading to charges of domestic violence. But just how often does this actually occur? While substance abuse does not cause domestic violence, studies show that there is a statistical correlation ...
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  • When Does Child Support End?

    In Florida, child support payments will typically last until a child’s 18th birthday. However, support may be ordered for longer periods of time in cases where a child has special needs or has not yet graduated from high school. The date a judge approved an agreement can also influence how long support lasts. Prior to 2010, courts did not automatically include end dates on legally binding orders. ...
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  • Florida May Be the Most Expensive State for Divorce

    It’s no secret that a divorce can be expensive and if you and your spouse live in Florida, you may have to pay more than residents of any other state. In fact, Florida couples may end up paying nearly eight times more in filing costs than couples in states like Mississippi. If you anticipate that your marriage may be coming to an end, it’s helpful to know how much the process may cost. Filing ...
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  • What Is a Subpoena and Do I Need One for My Divorce?

    It is no secret that a divorce can be a frustratingly complicated process. With each side fighting for what is in their best interest, issues of child support, alimony, and the division of assets are often central points of contention. With so much on the line it is common for spouses to feel that their partner is purposely misrepresenting their situation to achieve a better outcome in the ...
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