Can You Prove Under-the-Table Cash Income for Alimony and Child Support?

A former husband and wife both challenged a final judgment dissolving their 17-year marriage recently in Florida. During the marriage, the Husband operated several marine-related businesses. His wife was a stay-at-home mom. They enjoyed a comfortable middle-class lifestyle throughout the marriage. From the start of the dissolution proceedings, the Husband was “less than cooperative” in… Read more

What Happens When a Florida Parent Asks an Out-of-State Court for Emergency Child Pick-Up?

The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJEA) controls inter-state custody disputes, which are common in today’s society. One parent may live in Florida, while the other now lives in Oregon or another state. The UCCJEA helps with this situation by establishing jurisdiction over a child custody case in only one state and protecting that court’s… Read more

Equitable Distribution of the Marital Home and Credit Card Debt

Credit card debt accumulated during a marriage can be a major point of contention in divorce negotiations, just like the equitable distribution of the marital home. Both items may be thought of as worth more or less, depending on the party’s viewpoint. Recently, a former wife in Orlando, Judith, appealed the final judgment dissolving her… Read more

Modification of a Temporary Relief Order Does Not Require Proof of Substantial Change in Circumstances

The wife in a divorce action appealed a trial court order granting her husband’s motion to modify a prior temporary relief order and designating him the primary residential parent. The couple had two minor children, with one in elementary school and the other in daycare. After the wife filed for divorce, the trial judge entered… Read more