South Florida weekend family events

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in South Florida family events

Hey, three-day weekend, we’ve missed you! Our weekend family fun guide is here to help you enjoy your Memorial Day holiday.

Florida divorce: improper venue vs. inconvenient venue

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Divorce

What is the correct venue for a Florida divorce? According to Florida law, it is the county in which the parties last resided during the intact marriage. There is an important distinction between incorrect venue and inconvenient venue as stated in the case Knapp v. Knapp, 1D17-2869 (Fla. 1st DCA February 28, 2019).

Florida divorce: Credit for marital expenses after a motion for rehearing is filed

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Divorce

A party who disagrees with a court ruling in a Florida divorce has the right to challenge that ruling in various ways. One method (which is often required before the party can appeal to a higher court) is to file a timely motion for rehearing and/or reconsideration after a final judgment is entered. With this motion, a party can ask a court to “fix” mistakes the court may have made in entering the final judgment, such as overlooking certain evidence, not applying the correct standard of law, not making required findings, etc. As one recent appellate case shows, it is important to ask for certain relief that extends beyond a motion for rehearing in order to preserve a claim to that relief.

South Florida weekend family events

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in South Florida family events

We hope you had a great week! Cap it off with our weekend family fun guide which includes moonlight canoeing, a Children’s Day celebration, and much more!

Miami child custody remedy did not amount to temporary relocation order in recent case

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Child Custody

In order for a parent to relocate, a parent must comply with the mandates of Florida Statute Chp. 61.13001. Specifically the parent must obtain the written permission of the other parent or obtain a court order allowing relocation. In the case Allende v. Veloz, 3D18-10 (Fla. 3d DCA February 20, 2019) the mother did not follow the statute and obtain the oral consent of the father to move from Miami to Orlando with the parties’ child.

Florida child support: Error to include as taxable income employment benefits that do not reduce living expenses

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Child Support

Calculating a parent’s income for purposes of establishing child support in Florida requires the court to make findings regarding a parent’s gross income and the net income after allowable deductions. Florida Statute Chp. 61.30 lists what is considered gross income and the deductions that will be used to arrive at a parent’s net income.

Florida divorce: Line of credit on non-marital property does not transform classification of property

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Divorce

Can property a spouse owned before marriage be transformed into marital property? Yes, in some instances, but usually the transformation is intentional, such as a gift to the other spouse. In instances in which it is not intentional, however, the spouse claiming that non-marital property has been transformed has the burden of proving this to the court.

South Florida weekend family events

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in South Florida family events

Mother’s Day weekend is here, and if you need help finding ways to celebrate the wonderful women in your life, look no further than our South Florida weekend family fun guide!

Florida child custody: reversal of contempt order where directives not clear and definite

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Child Custody

A parent’s failure to follow a Florida parenting plan may result in that parent being held in contempt of court. But in order to be held in contempt, a final judgment must clearly and definitively direct a party regarding his or her obligations under the order. We see this principle at play in the recent appellate case Cancino v. Cancino, 3D17-601 (Fla. 3d DCA February 13, 2019).

Comment

Florida domestic violence injunction based on access to shared account

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Domestic Violence

Can a stalking injunction be entered based on a spouse’s access to vehicle safety systems such as OnStar? In one recent appellate case, a former husband appealed the entry of an injunction against him where he was accused of following his former wife’s whereabouts via the OnStar system installed in a vehicle purchased during the parties’ marriage.

Comment

Imputation of income in Florida divorce is a 2-step process

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Alimony

Imputation of income to a spouse for purposes of determining a Florida alimony and/or child support claim must be supported by competent, substantial evidence. This is illustrated in the recent appellate case Alvarez-Reyes v. Fernandez-Gil, 3D17-2676 (Fla. 3d DCA February 6, 2019).

How gifts from family members affect a Florida divorce

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Divorce

Throughout a marriage, one spouse or the other may gift substantial money to family members. Can these gifts be held against the spouse who gave the money away when it is time to divorce? What about monetary gifts received from family members - can these funds be used to determine a spouse should not receive alimony or an award of attorneys’ fees in a Florida divorce? The recent appellate case Sarazin v. Sarazin, 1D17-5237 (Fla. 1st DCA February 5, 2019) examines these issues.

Florida child custody: agreed parenting plans subject to approval by court

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Child Custody

Although Florida parenting plans signed by both parents are considered enforceable contracts, they are subject to approval by the court. If a parent raises a concern about a parenting plan after it is signed, but before the court enters an order ratifying the plan, the court must consider the best interest of the child.

Payment plans for attorneys' fees require factual findings

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Child Support

Attorneys’ fees can be awarded in a child support case, including modification matters. In the case Scire v. Hoffman, 4D18-1606 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019), the father appealed an order awarding attorneys’ fees and costs to the mother in a modification of child support. The court awarded over $16,000 in fees to the mother, payable to the father in equal monthly installments over a 5-year period.

Florida divorce: former spouses cannot be forced to be business partners

Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Divorce

Divorcing spouses no longer want to be in a marriage together, and they may no longer want to be business partners in a jointly-owned corporation. Thus, Florida law favors not forcing ex-spouses to continue to jointly operate and own a marital business. Instead, the court is required to fashion a remedy that takes into account each spouse’s share of the business.