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Divorce in Times of COVID-19

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

The lockdown orders put in place across the United States and the world have caused couples and families to spend more time at home than usual. This can undoubtedly create tensions. In fact, divorce rates are expected to increase during this period. Florida courts have put in place special measures to ensure that certain… Read More »

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Who guards Florida professional guardians?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

What is a professional guardian? The Florida Statutes define a guardian as “a person who has been appointed by the court to act on behalf of a ward’s person or property, or both.” A Ward is “a person for whom a guardian has been appointed.” Guardians can be appointed as “limited” or “plenary.” A… Read More »

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Divorcing With A Special Needs Child

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Divorces are challenging under any circumstances. However, if two parents are facing a divorce and have a special needs child, their concerns are greater regarding the emotional and financial protection of their child. The complexity involved in caring for a special needs child can compound an already difficult situation. Children with special needs oftentimes… Read More »

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Alimony in Florida: How Much and for How Long?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

What constitutes alimony? Alimony is the term used to describe payments that a spouse makes to their former partner following the dissolution of a marriage. Under Chapter 61 Section 8 of the Florida Statutes, and in relation with a divorce proceeding, a court may order alimony payments to be made in lump sums or… Read More »

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When is an Arrest not an Arrest?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

It turns out that an arrest might not be an arrest unless an officer’s intention to arrest is actually communicated.  In an April 2020 decision (Florida v. Cheeks, 2020) by the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, criminal charges against Leronce Cheeks were brought back after being dismissed earlier by the trial court. Mr…. Read More »

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Changes in Circumstances Matter for Alimony Modification

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Even after a court enters a final dissolution judgment in a divorce case, and the obligated party makes payments for years, the alimony obligation can be modified when circumstances warrant.  As made clear in an appeal decision (Nangle v. Nangle, 2019) by the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, a court has to take… Read More »

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Presenting Yourself in Court as a Defendant

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

First impressions matter. Presentation counts. Books are judged by their covers. As a criminal defendant in the court system, you will be judged as well by your presentation and how you appear. While this may not seem fair or equitable, it is the truth. Wrong impressions by defendants towards juries can change lives. If… Read More »

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Do K-9 Alerts Give Free Reign?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Police are allowed to search your vehicle only in certain situations.  The law allows police to search an arrested person’s vehicle without a warrant “only if the arrestee is within reaching distance of the passenger compartment at the time of the search or it is reasonable to believe the vehicle contains evidence of the… Read More »

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Should I Bring a Paternity Suit?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Under Florida law, any children born to a married woman are presumed to be the biological child of her husband and paternity is acknowledged without any action having to be taken—the husband automatically becomes the child’s legal father. However, if a child is born to an unwed mother, paternity is not assumed and must… Read More »

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Does Florida Recognize Palimony?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Palimony is similar to alimony in that it provides support for a lesser-earning partner after a relationship ends. It differs from alimony in that the partners did not have to be married. In fact, the threshold criteria for palimony is quite low: a romantic relationship and cohabitation. Some couples create a prenuptial agreement prior… Read More »

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