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  • How Social Media Can Interfere with Your Ongoing Divorce Case

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 17-May-2018

    Social media apps are arguably the most popular form of electronic entertainment today. It seems virtually everyone in the country, from little kids to gray elders, uses social media constantly. Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and more dominate the screens of our smartphones and tablets. But when going through a divorce, you should learn to kick this popular habit. Your Social Media Life ...
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  • New Bill on Calculating Appreciation of Non-Marital Assets in Divorce & Property Division Takes Effect in July

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 15-May-2018

    In March, Florida Lawmakers passed HB 639, a measure that established a statutory formula for calculating the marital share of passive appreciation of non-marital assets subject to property division. Prior to this measure being approved, Florida courts relied on case law to aide them in determining the marital portion of an asset’s passive appreciation for distribution. HB 639 is important ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Divorce & Dividing Assets

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 24-Apr-2018

    The marital property you purchased, accrued, or improved during your marriage will certainly be important and valuable to both yourself and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Yet only one of you will be able to keep it. Indeed, property division could be the most contentious part of your divorce in Florida. Since you cannot simply cut your family car or home in half and each take a portion, you have to ...
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  • New Changes to Tax Code Affects Tax Breaks for Divorced Couples

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 6-Apr-2018

    Determining alimony has always been a difficult task for lawyers and spouses who want to get divorced. However, new changes to the tax code will make alimony determinations even more difficult. In the past, the difficulty of figuring out alimony was primarily due to each state it having its own criteria for how much and how long alimony payments should be allocated. According to Mary Kay ...
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  • New Deployment Act For Parental Timesharing Goes into Effect July 1st

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 4-Apr-2018

    Under the new deployment act, “custodial responsibility” includes all the powers and duties that are related to the caretaking and decision making authority for a child. This includes physical custody, legal custody, parental responsibility, parenting time, time-sharing, and visitation. “Decision making authority” grants an individual the power to make important decisions ...
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  • What Happens to My 401(k) During Divorce?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 27-Feb-2018

    Your 401(k) may be your most significant marital asset, especially if you’ve been working for quite some time. According to Fidelity, the average 401(k) plan balance reached an all-time high of $92,000 in 2016—which is good news if you’re married but possible bad news if you’re on the brink of divorce. In Florida, your 401(k) is marital property, and so just like a home you ...
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  • The Difference Between Annulment and Dissolution

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 16-Feb-2018

    A marriage can legally end in one of two ways in Florida: annulment or dissolution. While the outcome is the same, the requirements and implications of each are very different. Below we’ll discuss the two and which one may be a better option for you and your family. Divorce is the dissolution of a valid marriage. Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means that neither spouse is ...
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  • 2 Equitable Distribution Bills for Consideration

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 15-Jan-2018

    Both HB 639 and SB 676 are bills concerning equitable distribution. Both were scheduled for committee hearings on January 10, 2018. The first bill, Senate Bill (SB) 676, is also called Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities. Its purpose was to redefine the term “marital assets and liabilities” for the purposes of equitable distribution during a divorce. More ...
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  • How Does an Annulment Work?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 3-Jan-2018

    An annulled marriage is somewhat rare in today's society, but it can be sought by spouses if the required legal grounds for annulment are present. The theory behind getting an annulment instead of a divorce, is that the marriage was never valid to begin with. Marriages that have been annulled are classified as "void" or "voidable," and are sometimes called ...
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  • Is Military Divorce Different from Regular Divorce?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 27-Dec-2017

    Divorce already tends to be painful and tedious, even if it’s relatively amicable. Mix in the many nuanced and complicated challenges of military service and you’ve got the potential for a messy, confusing split. However, by knowing what to expect and what sort of challenges are ahead, you can begin to prepare yourself for the unique difficulties of military divorce. Whether ...
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  • Amicable Divorce - Why You Still Need an Attorney

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 2-Nov-2017

    An amicable divorce is an ideal scenario. Both you and your spouse agree to end the marriage, and calmly talk through the issues to reach a legal conclusion. If you and your spouse are on good terms, and the case is uncontested, it may be tempting to avoid hiring a lawyer. However, this is a mistake. An Attorney Can Help You Understand Your Rights State and local divorce laws may be difficult to ...
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  • When Is My Divorce Final?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 19-Oct-2017

    Experienced Divorce Lawyers in Jacksonville The length of time it takes for a divorce to become final often depends on whether it is contested or uncontested. If a couple agrees on all terms of a divorce, from property division to child custody, their divorce could be final within two months. However, in the vast majority of divorces, couples disagree on at least one major point and cannot resolve ...
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  • Owenby Law, P.A. Chosen as 2017 Law Firm 500 Honoree

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 26-Sep-2017

    We at Owenby Law, P.A. are excited to announce our firm has been chosen as a 2017 Law Firm 500 honoree. Those prestigious enough to be chosen for this incredible achievement must display an exemplary level of growth and success. Our top-rated family lawyers are eager to be admired for our positive impact on the legal community, as this has always been part of our vision. The Law Firm 500 list ...
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  • 5 Summertime Co-Parenting Tips

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 31-Aug-2017

    For divorced parents, the summertime can be a major headache. Scheduling activities and trips around an existing child custody arrangement can prove difficult, but there are tips you can follow to make everyone’s life a little easier. 1. Focus on Your Child’s Happiness Newly divorced couples often involve their children in arguments without even realizing it. When you are co-parenting, ...
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  • Relocating with Your Child After a Divorce

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 21-Aug-2017

    Imagine you get a new job. A job that will change your life for the better. Only thing is, it’s in a different state. As a divorced parent, the decision to leave can be complex and agonizing. Do you stay and let go of a great opportunity or do you pack your things and take your child with you? If you’re considering relocating with your child after a divorce, here’s what you need ...
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  • Does Adultery Affect Alimony in a Divorce?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 4-Aug-2017

    You’re filing for divorce and are looking to receive spousal support in the process. You allege that your spouse cheated on you during your marriage. Does adultery affect how much you receive in alimony? Yes it can, but only in specific cases Alimony Section 61.08 of the Florida Statutes states that the court may consider infidelity when deciding the amount of alimony in a divorce. However, ...
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  • My Ex Won't Honor the Terms of Our Divorce. Now What?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 14-Jul-2017

    Not every divorced couple can get along amicably. In fact, the bitterer a couple is in the divorce, the less likely they are to comply with a court decision that isn’t necessarily in their favor. In other circumstances, even with amicably divorced people, one spouse could neglect the terms of the divorce based on irresponsibility or a change in condition. Whatever the circumstances of your ...
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  • Divorce May be Seasonal, Research Shows

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 27-Mar-2017

    Spring is here and for many that means a start to a new season, college basketball, and better weather on the way. According to a recent study from the University of Washington, it may also mean a time for divorce. That’s because researchers found significant peaks in divorce filings at two points during the year: March and August. According to the study, which analyzed nearly 15 years of ...
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  • 5 Ways to Lower the Cost of Divorce After the Holidays

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 25-Jan-2017

    According to studies by the University of Washington, most divorces come after the winter holidays. For many people who are dissatisfied with their marriages and not sure what to do, the holidays are an opportunity to perhaps turn things around. If it doesn’t happen, however, unhappy spouses may feel ready to call it quits once the season ends. Unfortunately, the holidays are often ...
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  • Is a Separation Agreement the Right Choice for You?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 19-Jan-2017

    If you are not entirely committed to the idea of filing for divorce, perhaps a sufficient alternative is to obtain a separation agreement. Being legally separated means spouses can live apart while retaining their marital status – either for retaining health care or military benefits, tax purposes, or religious beliefs. How Does the State of Florida Handle Separations? While Florida does not ...
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  • Will Legal Counsel Be Allowed to Access Our Public Data Assistants (AKA Cell Phones)?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 16-Dec-2016

    The content within our Public Data Assistants, also known as our cell phones, have become a more prominent part of legal litigation as social networking continues to grow and as humans continue to grow more reliant on cellular devices as means of information, entertainment, and communication. Research now suggests that the use of cellular wireless devices may be just as important as the various ...
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  • 3 Steps to Surviving the Holidays While Initiating Divorce

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 13-Dec-2016

    Divorce can occur as the result of extramarital affairs, emotional abuse, irreconcilable disagreements, and various other reasons. Regardless of what the reasons may be, divorce can be emotionally taxing, especially during the holiday season. Because our Jacksonville divorce lawyers would like you and your family to enjoy the holiday season as much as possible, we have provided three steps to ...
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  • Homeschooling and Issues Regarding Shared Parental Responsibility in Florida

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 7-Nov-2016

    Every year, more Floridians choose home education as opposed to public education. In fact, more than 75,000 students in Florida are currently home-schooled. As a result, Florida has earned a reputation as one of the friendliest places for homeschooled students. Of course, the decision to homeschool a child goes considered much more than pedagogy; it extends to the consideration of lifestyle ...
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  • How Does Florida Distribute Assets During Divorce?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 16-Sep-2016

    Each state has their own way of handling the distribution of assets for couples who file for divorce. The state of Florida is considered an “equitable distribution” state, meaning marital property is automatically assumed to be owned by both spouses equally. The Difference Between Marital Property and Separate Property Marital property is any asset that was acquired during the marriage ...
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  • Owenby Law, P.A. Opens New Office Location in St. Augustine, Florida

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 4-Aug-2016

    Our legal team at Owenby Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that we have opened a new office location in St. Augustine, Florida. At this location, we will provide all of our services to the residents of our city and other cities throughout St. Johns County. Because we are dedicated to serving our clients with highly experienced representation, we will continue to handle cases pertaining to the ...
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