Category Archives: family law
Having practiced marital and family law for close to twenty years, the Law Offices of Patricia Palma, P.A. in Tampa has observed various actions and behaviors that may contribute to a lengthy and traumatic divorce. Here are some general tips to help you achieve a peaceful divorce in Tampa: 1. Try to deal with the […]
Divorce can be extremely stressful for children. How they react to divorce can depend on their age, personality, and the circumstances of the divorce. The following are five tips to help ease the stress and pain of divorce for children. 1. Don’t Speak Negatively of Your Ex Refrain from disparaging the other parent to the […]
CAN I GET A DIVORCE IF MY SPOUSE ABANDONS ME AND DOESN’T PROVIDE ME WITH AN UPDATED ADDRESS? Yes, in most cases you can obtain a divorce. However, it is not an easy process. Sometimes parties may have been separated for many years for a variety of different reasons. A spouse may have returned to […]
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FORGET TO REMOVE MY FORMER SPOUSE FROM MY WILL & TESTAMENT? IF I PASS AWAY, WILL SHE GET EVERYTHING? The short answer is no. After a dissolution of marriage, any provisions in a Last Will and Testament that affect your former spouse becomes null and void, which simply means they do […]
If you and your spouse are considering divorce in Tampa, FL, then you should be aware of the new tax law. The new tax law may have an impact on your finances, specifically, alimony. If you feel the new tax law may have a significant effect on your divorce terms, consider speaking with a Florida family […]
A prenuptial agreement is a type of legal contract entered into by prospective spouses prior to the marriage. A prenuptial agreement becomes effective upon marriage of the parties. Prenuptial agreements can significantly alter the legal rights of spouses, so it is important to obtain an experienced attorney. Not only are prenuptial agreements used to protect […]
If I have been previously ordered to pay permanent alimony, will I be able to reduce or terminate my alimony obligation upon retirement?
Not necessarily. If the payor spouse voluntarily retires at age 65, which is the age of retirement in Florida, Florida courts have ruled as follows: “Even at the age of 65 or later, a payor spouse should not be permitted to unilaterally choose voluntary retirement if this choice places the receiving spouse in peril of […]
What can I do, as the custodial parent, if the Florida child support guidelines is not enough to cover the child’s basic monthly needs?
When the Florida Child Support Guidelines do not provide sufficient monthly support for your minor children, you may have the option of increasing the child support award by filing a Motion for an Upward Deviation from the Child Support Guidelines. Florida Courts do have the discretion to deviate a child support amount up to five […]
When circumstances change substantially for a parent paying child support, it may seem impossible to afford child support. The parent who can no longer afford child support may need to file a Supplemental Petition to Downward Modify Child Support seeking a reduction in her court ordered child support obligation. The basis for a child support […]
When parents separate, the financial responsibility for supporting the child is still left up to both parents. In Florida, child support is mandatory in order to ensure that the child gets as much financial support as permitted under the Florida Child Support Guidelines. The child support amount is generally determined by the income of the […]