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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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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Engagement Rings and Florida Law

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

It was likely one of the happiest days of our life. You were likely thrilled to finally be engaged and begin planning the wedding of your dreams. But then, something happened, and plans changed, feelings changed, and the decision to marry changed. If an engagement is broken, how does the law handle who gets… Read More »

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