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The Influence of Religion on Child Custody and Support

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

The influence parents exert on their children’s lives is deep and profound. Parents provide the support, guidance, and example children use to develop their own sense of self, perspective of the world, and how to treat others. When parents divorce and must decide how to divide child custody, these decisions become much more difficult… Read More »

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What Are the Responsibilities of a Guardian?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Adults routinely make choices about finances, where to live, and medical care, which are some of the hallmarks of authority people receive upon reaching the age of majority. Retaining this power requires a person have the cognitive and/or physical ability to tend to their affairs in a reasonable manner. When this is no longer… Read More »

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How Social Security Benefits Can Impact Child Support

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Understanding how child support is calculated, and the specific types of income and expenses that are considered when determining how much a parent may owe, is critical to figuring out how to meet this obligation. Paying child support is not optional, and the child is the one primarily affected when this support is absent…. Read More »

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Keys to Negotiating a Fair Property Settlement

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Divorce brings a lot of financial upheaval to both spouses, so the terms of the property settlement are key to finding short- and long- term stability as adjustments to additional expenses and less income are made. Florida follows an equitable distribution model for property division, which starts from the premise that the division of… Read More »

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Resolving Child Custody Disputes Through Social Investigations

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Parents quickly become emotional about child custody issues, and with good reason – the parent/child relationship is one of the most important relationships in a person’s life. When disputes arise over this loaded issue with a former spouse or partner, resolving them can feel practically impossible. Most parents realize, though, that children are not… Read More »

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How the Law Treats Infidelity in Divorce

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Honesty and commitment are the cornerstones of any good relationship, and when adulterous behavior require these qualities be abandoned, divorce is usually quick to follow. Discovering a spouse has been unfaithful is devastating, and for many, the why will never be fully understood. This level of betrayal, and the direct cause of the breakdown… Read More »

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Challenging An Allegation Of Child Abuse Or Neglect In A Dependency Case

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Parents usually strive to deliver what is best for their children, and make conscious efforts on a regular basis to put their children first. Allegations of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment turn these notions on their head, and put parents in the position of defending their fitness in dependency proceedings. The dependency process is… Read More »

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Psychological Evaluations In Child Custody Matters

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Trying to maintain a civil relationship with an ex-spouse for the sake of shared child custody is not easy, and some parents find themselves in verbal and legal battles with the other side hoping to gain an advantage over the outcome of the child custody issue. High-conflict parental disputes do not help the child… Read More »

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Dividing Retirement Benefits In Divorce

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

There is no argument that divorce is emotionally devastating, but in addition to the mental stress of this event is the havoc it can cause to a couple’s finances. The costs of divorce come from two primary sources: the expenses of the actual process, which vary widely based upon the complexity of the case… Read More »

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How Divorce Affects Beneficiary Designations

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Going through a divorce is almost equivalent to the same whirlwind type of experience as getting married, albeit in a negative context. Much like planning a wedding, preparing for a divorce is just as hectic and time-consuming. Collecting documentation, consulting with an attorney experienced in divorce law, and deciding on property settlement, alimony, and… Read More »

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