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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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  • What Types of Spousal Support are Available in Florida?

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 19-Jul-2016

    If you are planning on getting a divorce in Florida and are seeking spousal support, it is important for you to be aware of all the options that are available. Earlier this year, the government was considering an overhaul of the state’s alimony laws, but because of contention over an equal child-sharing provision, the measure did not pass. Until this matter is revisited, there remain five ...
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  • Redirecting Child Support Payments to a Third Party

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 1-Jun-2016

    Child custody and support are two of the most important, and often contentious, decisions that are made in a divorce. Keeping the best interests of the child in mind, Florida judges take into account a number of factors when making a decision about which parent a child should live with. However, what if neither parent can provide the necessary level of physical and financial care for their child? ...
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  • Former Husband Appeals Lower Court Alimony Decision

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 17-May-2016

    In the First District Court of Appeals, a former husband has filed an appeal seeking review of a final divorce judgment and subsequent denial of his motion for rehearing and/or reconsideration. The man argued that the trial court made a mistake in failing to make the necessary findings in support of a $3,500 per month alimony award to his former wife, which he claimed he cannot afford and which ...
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  • Circuit Court Appeal Challenges Contempt & Fees

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

    The First District Court of Appeals recently made a decision in a post-divorce case involving support fees and a finding of contempt. In this case, a former husband was sued by his former wife for failing to pay the full amount of support under their court judgment. He originally paid his child support obligation in the amount of $343.64, three days after it was due, and refused to pay the ...
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  • Gov. Rick Scott Vetoes Custody & Alimony Reform Bill

    Posted By Owenby Law, P.A. || 18-Apr-2016

    Florida Governor Rick Scott recently vetoed a controversial alimony reform bill (SB 668) after claiming that the legislation could potentially end up prioritizing the wants of parents over the best interests of children. The Bill passed the Senate 24-14 and later cleared the House on a 74-38 vote before being struck down on April 15, 2016. The Bill proposed the following main changes: Children ...
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  • Financial Responsibility for a Child's Uncovered Medical Expenses After Divorce

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

    Which parent is responsible for paying uncovered medical expenses for a minor child after a divorce ? Generally, parents split the responsibility, though the percentage of each parent’s responsibility varies from case to case depending on each parties’ financial responsibility for child support. As an example, a recent case in the Florida First District Court of Appeal involved a woman ...
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