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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


Serial Assaulter Arrested at Fort Lauderdale Beach

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

The same day that Fort Lauderdale Beach reopened, police were flooded with calls reporting a man assaulting women on the beach in broad daylight. Drake Kelley of Oakland Park was eventually apprehended after physically assaulting at least four women who had been walking or exercising separately on or near the beach. One of the… Read More »


Adjusting Your Co-Parenting in a COVID-19 Environment

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

None of us saw it coming. In early spring many of us were looking ahead to spring break or even planning summer vacations with our children when all of a sudden, our worlds changed. And now, even months later and with more than 60,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 just here in Florida, all of… Read More »


Why You Should Consider a Living Trust Instead of a Will

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

The main function of both wills and living trusts is to name beneficiaries for your property. A will lists your property and who it should be distributed to, while a living trust contains all of your assets as well as instructions for distributing them. While a traditional will is likely still the best option… Read More »


Thinking About Getting a Divorce in Florida?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Divorce is a big decision, but for many people it’s also a life changing event, allowing them to take control of their narrative and start building the life that they want. It can be overwhelming when you start researching divorce, so we’re providing you with a simple introduction to give you an anxiety-free feel… Read More »

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