Calculating Child Support in a Florida Divorce

Whenever a divorcing couple shares minor children, the court will require the parties to submit child support guidelines before finalizing their divorce.  This issue can often become a sore spot, which is unfortunate, because Florida law is very clear on child support, and it is calculated based on a statutory schedule that is mandatory absent exceptionally rare circumstances.   There are only two essential factors at play in calculating child support, together with a handful of other factors that may or may

Pre-suit Mediation Gives Most People the Opportunity to Avoid Costly Legal Fees When Divorcing

Although I was a trial lawyer for more than 20 years, I have completely stopped practicing law, and have turned my focus exclusively to pre-suit divorce mediation.  The pre-suit mediation process allows couples to avoid the adversarial, attorney-driven system that is so typical, and to focus on the issues in a more cooperative manner.   As a mediator, I am ethically precluded from providing either party with legal advice.  However, I am very familiar with Florida law governing divorces, having formerly practiced

Florida law requires divorcing parents with minor children to complete an approved parenting class before the divorce can be finalized.

Many parents with minor children that meet with me to discuss pre-suit divorce mediation are surprised and annoyed when they hear that attending a parenting class is required before the court can finalize the divorce.  When the rationale underlying this requirement is explained, however, it becomes clear that a mandatory parenting class is a good idea that can only benefit the children.   The Florida Legislature has set forth the specific reasons for this requirement directly in Section 61.21 of the Florida

Pre-suit divorce mediation give the parties the opportunity to conclude their divorce in a matter of weeks, at a fraction of the cost of traditional contested divorce litigation.

One of the most common questions I’ve been asked about divorce over the years is how long the process takes to be completed.  There are many variables that go into answering this question, but one thing is certain—pre-suit mediation provides a much quicker path to the end of the divorce process, and at a substantially reduced cost.   In Florida, the average contested divorce takes approximately one year, and the length of time can increase dramatically if the issues are particularly complex