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Recent Posts in Family Law Category

  • Alimony-Everyone wants it, but not everyone gets it!

    Alimony, or spousal support , is commonly sought after in divorce cases. The idea of having your ex-spouse pay your living expenses so that you can “live in the lifestyle you’ve become accustomed to” sounds pretty wonderful. But what really is alimony, and how do you actually get it? The purpose of alimony is to avoid any unfair economic consequences as a result of your divorce. It is a ...
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  • Bennifer 2.0-Maybe Hollywood marriages aren't so different after all

    “Super couples” in Hollywood are often dubbed nicknames. One of the most famous being “Bennifer 2.0” a.k.a. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. Why 2.0? Well…Ben has a thing for “Jennifers,” and before Jennifer Garner there was Jennifer Lopez. Affleck and Lopez split in January of 2004, after a brief engagement. The following year in June of 2005, Affleck and Garner were married. Fast forward 10 ...
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  • Adopciones por padrastro

    Has estado casado varios años. Su cónyuge tiene un hijo de un matrimonio anterior, y amas a ese niño como si fuera su propio hijo biológico. El niño te ve como su padre y te llama "mamá" o "papá". Te encuentres deseando que de alguna manera podría "oficialmente" convertirse en padre de este niño. ¡Es posible! La adopción crea una relación legal entre un niño y un padre adoptivo. Esta relación ...
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  • Stepparent Adoptions

    You’ve been married for several years. Your spouse has a child from a prior marriage, and you love that child as if they were your own biological child. The child views you as their parent and may even call you “mommy” or “daddy.” You find yourself wishing that somehow you could “officially” become this child’s parent. What if I told you that was possible? An adoption creates a legal parent-child ...
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  • Welcome Leilani Martinez to Our Firm!

    Calvo y Calvo se complace en anunciar que Leilani Marie Martinez se ha unido a nuestra práctica en Fort Myers, Florida. Sra. Martínez obtuvo su licenciatura en la Universidad de Florida y asistió a la escuela de derecho de la Universidad de Villanova. Después de ser admitida a la barra de la Florida, trabajó como abogada representando el Departamento de niños y familias. Durante su tiempo con el ...
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  • What Documents are Needed for Divorce in Florida?

    In the state of Florida, divorcing spouses are required to provide their lawyers with a wide range of documents and information in order to determine the terms of their separation agreement. This information will play a key role in determining how your assets, debts, and property will be distributed, as well as how issues such as child custody and spousal support will be negotiated. Spouses must ...
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  • How Divorce Can Affect Your Taxes

    The only thing more frustrating than having to file your taxes is having to file an abnormally complicated tax return. Out of all the things we can encounter in life that complicate our taxes, divorce might just be the most common. If you have recently been divorced, or are going through the process right now, there are a couple things you might have to do differently to properly file your taxes. ...
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  • Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce Laws in Place Nationwide

    In January 2015, Florida State legalized same-sex marriage and divorce. The event was detailed in another blog entry here . Now, six months later, the United States Supreme Court has caught up to the Sunshine State and ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. It was decided that disallowing same-sex couples marriage rights was unconstitutional, as it violated the liberties granted in the ...
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  • Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Found to be Unconstitutional

    On June 26, 2013 the United States Supreme Court held the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied recognition of same-sex marriages in all federal statutes, "unconstitutional as a deprivation of the liberty of the person protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution." United States v. Windsor , No. 12-307, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4921, * 47 (June 26, 2013). DOMA potentially affected the ...
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