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In my Florida divorce or paternity case, what are the alternatives to going to court?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Some alternatives to going to court in a Florida divorce or paternity case are maybe going through a collaborative process, attending mediation to resolve your case, or coming up with an uncontested agreement between the parties.

In my Florida divorce case, what is the difference between court mediation and private mediation?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Court mediation usually has a combined income restriction of the parties. If you surpass restriction, private mediation is required. Court mediation is usually limited to three hours at a time, whereas private mediation can be scheduled for as long as the parties require. Private mediation is more expensive, as the private mediator charges by… Read More »

In my Florida divorce case, does the mediator meet with the spouses separately or together?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

The mediator usually meets the parties and their respective attorneys, if there are any attorneys, in the beginning of the mediation. However, the parties usually caucus, which means they separate into two separate rooms and the mediator goes back and forth between the rooms to facilitate communications and working towards and agreement.

How are child care expenses divided in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

If this is employment-related childcare expenses, then it will usually be factored into the calculation of child support. Each party will be responsible to pay a percentage of the childcare expenses, depending on their income. Contact an experienced family law attorney if you need to run child support guidelines and include childcare expenses.

How do I choose a divorce attorney in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Your first goal should be to find a Florida divorce lawyer who has experience with your particular issue. If you expect a battle regarding timeshare with the children or dispute over alimony, you don’t want someone who dabbles in divorce work. If your budget permits, you want someone well-versed in the areas of your… Read More »

How are assets and liabilities divided?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Usually we identify what is marital versus non-marital, then we place a fair market value on each item and try to equitably divide everything so that the parties are treated fairly and both exit the divorce with a similar amount from the marital estate.

Can I represent myself in my family law case in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Yes, you can. You would be referred to as a pro search engines litigant. However if your budget allows you should consider hiring an experienced family law attorney as there are many rules and procedures that you must follow in your case.

Can I go back to my maiden name after my divorce in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Yes, this is the best time to do it as you can restore your maiden name in the divorce final judgment. If you do not change your name in the divorce case, you’ll need to file a petition for a name change and also pay the court fee for doing so.

A large part of my husband’s income is cash and is never reported. How do I ensure I get what I deserve in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Well, you can take your husband’s deposition. You could subpoena his records to prove the unreported income. You may also want to hire a forensic accountant to support your claim.

What are some examples of outside experts/3rd parties that can assist me in my Florida divorce or paternity case?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Some examples of outside experts or third parties that can assist you in your Florida divorce or paternity case are guardian ad litems, parent coordinators, mediators, mental health professionals, forensic accountants, social investigators, and vocational experts.