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Tiffany Danielle Ruggiero

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence & Neglect

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Attorney Ruggiero has always had a passion for helping others with her positive outlook and diligent work ethic. Sh... (more)

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Michael  DeVoe Lawyer

Michael DeVoe

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Divorce & Family Law, Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Criminal

DeVoe Law Firm provides quality, cost-effective representation in family law matters including divorce, alimony, spousal support, paternity, child sup... (more)

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800-483-5160

Gerald Francis Znosko Lawyer

Gerald Francis Znosko

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Workers' Compensation, Family Law
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Gerald Znosko proudly serves Orlando, Florida and the neighboring communities in the areas of workers' compensation and family law.

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800-356-3270

David W Veliz Lawyer

David W Veliz

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Family Law, Trusts, Wills & Probate, Juvenile Law, Divorce
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David is the sole shareholder of The Veliz Law Firm located in Orlando, Florida. He has been providing a broad range of legal services to individual a... (more)

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407-849-7072

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Timothy Wayne Terry Lawyer

Timothy Wayne Terry

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Family Law, Divorce, Criminal, Personal Injury, Child Custody
Over 25 years of litigation experience. Fighting for you!

For more than 25 years, the office of Timothy W. Terry, Attorney at Law has provided one-on-one attention to people in Orlando and throughout central ... (more)

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Thomas E Rhodes Lawyer

Thomas E Rhodes

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Divorce & Family Law, Prenuptial Agreements, Mediation, Child Support, Family Law
Family Law: Divorce, Custody, Support, Alimony, Property Distribution, and Prenuptial Agreements

Thomas Rhodes is an Orlando family law attorney serving clients throughout central Florida in child custody and support, domestic violence and divorce... (more)

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800-811-9250

Gwen  Cryer Lawyer

Gwen Cryer

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Divorce & Family Law, Paternity, Child Custody, Alimony & Spousal Support, Prenuptial Agreements

Orlando Attorney Gwen J. Cryer has been representing clients throughout the Central Florida area since 2003. Attorney Cryer is a member of the Florida... (more)

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Christina Buchan

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Foreclosure, Immigration, Family Law, Real Estate

The office of Buchan, Christina practices law in Gotha, Florida and Orange Co.. Our entire staff is dedicated to helping clients with their legal m... (more)

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800-276-5780

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Daniel D. Archer

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Family Law, Criminal, Personal Injury, Traffic, Car Accident

We are The Florida Biker Law Group and our practice handles all types of family law and criminal law cases. We are not the typical law firm, and one l... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

ABANDONMENT (OF A CHILD)

A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the ch... (more...)
A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the child abandoned by that parent and order that person's parental rights terminated. Abandonment also describes situations in which a child is physically abandoned -- for example, left on a doorstep, delivered to a hospital or put in a trash can. Physically abandoned children are usually placed in orphanages and made available for adoption.

COMPLAINT

Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states a... (more...)
Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims (usually called causes of action). In some states and in some types of legal actions, such as divorce, complaints are called petitions and the person filing is called the petitioner. To complete the initial stage of a lawsuit, the plaintiff's complaint must be served on the defendant, who then has the opportunity to respond by filing an answer. In practice, few lawyers prepare complaints from scratch. Instead they use -- and sometimes modify -- pre-drafted complaints widely available in form books.

GUARDIAN

An adult who has been given the legal right by a court to control and care for a minor or her property. Someone who looks after a child's property is called a '... (more...)
An adult who has been given the legal right by a court to control and care for a minor or her property. Someone who looks after a child's property is called a 'guardian of the estate.' An adult who has legal authority to make personal decisions for the child, including responsibility for his physical, medical and educational needs, is called a 'guardian of the person.' Sometimes just one person will be named to take care of all these tasks. An individual appointed by a court to look after an incapacitated adult may also be known as a guardian, but is more frequently called a conservator.

BRIEF

A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she shoul... (more...)
A document used to submit a legal contention or argument to a court. A brief typically sets out the facts of the case and a party's argument as to why she should prevail. These arguments must be supported by legal authority and precedent, such as statutes, regulations and previous court decisions. Although it is usually possible to submit a brief to a trial court (called a trial brief), briefs are most commonly used as a central part of the appeal process (an appellate brief). But don't be fooled by the name -- briefs are usually anything but brief, as pointed out by writer Franz Kafka, who defined a lawyer as 'a person who writes a 10,000 word decision and calls it a brief.'

JOINT CUSTODY

An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a... (more...)
An arrangement by which parents who do not live together share the upbringing of a child. Joint custody can be joint legal custody (in which both parents have a say in decisions affecting the child) joint physical custody (in which the child spends a significant amount of time with both parents) or, very rarely, both.

VISITATION RIGHTS

The right to see a child regularly, typically awarded by the court to the parent who does not have physical custody of the child. The court will deny visitation... (more...)
The right to see a child regularly, typically awarded by the court to the parent who does not have physical custody of the child. The court will deny visitation rights only if it decides that visitation would hurt the child so much that the parent should be kept away.

MARITAL PROPERTY

Most of the property accumulated by spouses during a marriage, called community property in some states. States differ as to exactly what is included in marital... (more...)
Most of the property accumulated by spouses during a marriage, called community property in some states. States differ as to exactly what is included in marital property; some states include all property and earnings dring the marriage, while others exclude gifts and inheritances.

NO-FAULT DIVORCE

Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along... (more...)
Any divorce in which the spouse who wants to split up does not have to accuse the other of wrongdoing, but can simply state that the couple no longer gets along. Until no-fault divorce arrived in the 1970s, the only way a person could get a divorce was to prove that the other spouse was at fault for the marriage not working. No-fault divorces are usually granted for reasons such as incompatibility, irreconcilable differences, or irretrievable or irremediable breakdown of the marriage. Also, some states allow incurable insanity as a basis for a no-fault divorce. Compare fault divorce.

FOSTER CARE

Court-ordered care provided to children who are unable to live in their own homes, usually because their parents have abused or neglected them. Foster parents h... (more...)
Court-ordered care provided to children who are unable to live in their own homes, usually because their parents have abused or neglected them. Foster parents have a legal responsibility to care for their foster children, but do not have all the rights of a biological parent--for example, they may have limited rights to discipline the children, to raise them according to a certain religion or to authorize non-emergency medical procedures for them. The foster parents do not become the child's legal parents unless the biological parents' rights are terminated by a court and the foster parents adopt the child. This is not typically encouraged, as the goal of foster care is to provide temporary support for the children until they can be returned to their parents. See also foster child.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Amendments to Florida Family Law Rules

The relevant legislation, chapter 2008-61, Laws of Florida, amended various sections of Chapter 61, Florida Statutes, and related statutes, to remove the references to "custody," "primary residential parent," "secondary residential parent," and "visitation." The statutes now require the court ...

AMENDMENTS TO APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORMS

During the 2008 legislative session, the Legislature amended numerous sections of chapter 61, Florida Statutes, redesignating it "Dissolution of Marriage; Support; Time-sharing," and amended various sections of chapters 409, 414, 445, 741, 742, 753, and 827, Florida Statutes. See ...

IN RE AMENDMENTS TO FL. FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE

The Florida Bar's Family Law Rules Committee (Committee) has filed a "Fast-Track Report to Implement 2008 Legislative Changes to Equitable Distribution." The Committee proposes amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure that conform the rules and forms to recent ...