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February 2014 Archives

Number of single fathers after divorce increasing in U.S.

Florida fathers may be interested in an article discussing the increase in the number of single fathers in the U.S. This trend may be the result of a new empowerment felt by fathers due to changing custody laws.

The OCBA's 10th Annual Texas Hold 'em Charity Poker Tournament

10th Annual Texas Hold 'em Charity Poker Tournament - Player Registration is at by BMO Harris Bank...Proceeds benefit the OCBA FoundationHarry Buffalo
120 W. Church St.
Orlando, FL 328015:30 p.m. - Registration
6:00 p.m. - Poker Tournament begins
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Happy Hour and Complimentary FoodGet a $25 chip for each can of food your bring!Fee:
$30 player (in advance)
$35 player (at the door)
$15 non-playerAwards:
Top Woman
Top Law Firm
Top Non-Lawyer
Final Table Winners
Top Player receives $150 restaurant gift cardGreat Raffle Prizes!
50/50 Raffle
$10 Loser's Orchard LoungeForwarded by:

Difficult decisions in relocation cases

Child custody arrangements are often difficult for a presiding family law judge to make. In some cases, divorcing parents in Florida will agree on a child custody arrangement on their own, but often, a judge will need to establish an arrangement that is in the best interest of the child. When parents live close to each other, shared parenting time may be in the child's best interest. However, when the custodial parent wants to move away, the family law judge must make difficult decisions.

Comedian John Cleese's alimony payments are no joke

Orlando residents may be familiar with British actor and comedian John Cleese of Monty Python fame. The 74-year-old entertainer finalized his third divorce in 2008, and his alimony payments inspired him to do a comedic one-man show called 'The Alimony Tour." That show is over, but Cleese's alimony payments continue.

Shared parenting versus traditional custody arrangements

Florida parents who are working through the divorce process may be learning how custody arrangements work. Recently, legislators throughout the country have been questioning whether having a primary custodial parent is in the best interest of the child. Advocates are pushing for shared parenting arrangements rather than the traditional child custody agreements that tend to favor one parent over the other.

Collaborative Law- Family

Collaborative law seems like a fairly new concept; however, it has been around since the 1980's. The adversarial legal system is just not always the correct way to resolve family law matters. Mediation is a fabulous option, but if that does not work, collaborative is another alternative one can choose (it can be selected before mediation). Collaborative is a process in which there is a team that works together to resolve all of the issues in a domestic case. Each party will have a coach of their own selection (an attorney) and there will be a mental health professional (time keeper/team leader) and when needed, a financial neutral (CPA). This is the basic team model in the Orlando area, but team players may be added as necessary (GAL, mediator, business evaluator, etc.). This process is meant to be transparent and a team approach so when the marriage or relationship is dissolved, the parties can be more civil and cordial to one another making shared parenting easier. It is meant to be transparent within the team and completely confidential against the general public.