Mediation Before Filing A Divorce Case

Once a divorce case is filed, the Court will, in most cases, order the parties to attend a mediation conference, prior to scheduling a trial, or as a condition of a trial order. So why not mediate before you file the case? Pre-suit mediation can work, and it is quite beneficial, in the right setting. For effective pre-suit mediation, the …

Post-judgment downward alimony modifications in Florida.

Sometimes, changed circumstances evolve after divorce that warrant a downward modification of alimony / spousal support. Such examples include the payor becoming disabled or being afflicted with a prolonged illness, the payor’s involuntary loss of a job or an involuntary reduction in income, the Payee’s [the person who receives the alimony] subsequent re-marriage; the Payee’s financial position changes for the …

DIVIDING IRAs IN A DIVORCE

NOTE: If funds are cashed out/distributed and then paid to the spouse/ex-spouse, this is considered a ‘taxable event’ to the owner of the original IRA. It is important that the movement of funds is done as a ‘transfer’ and not a ‘distribution’.

Divorce in the Age of BITCOIN – By Carl Taylor, Family Lawyer

Since they are often traded pseudonymously, cryptocurrencies can be difficult assets to locate – and potentially a good place to hide assets during divorce. Here is what family lawyers must know about cryptocurrency. In full disclosure, for quite some time my general attitude toward “crypto currencies” has been as follows: ignore them and hope they go away. Unfortunately, as family …

Scott A. Levine Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Mediator.

On September 1, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court Certified Scott A. Levine, Esq. as a Family Mediator. Scott A. Levine is happy to assist you as a Family Mediator in resolving your case. Flexible rates for mediation services are available. In addition, Scott A. Levine is happy to serve as your Family Mediator during pre-suit negotiations. Parties who are open …

Timesharing and Parenting Reforms (Limited Timesharing Bill Moves Forward)

Although there is no timesharing bill in Florida this year, SB 590 seeks to establish parenting plans in child support proceedings. The good news about this bill is that parents brought to court on child support matters can actually address parenting time. Currently, the Department of Revenue can seek to establish child support without taking into account parenting time. Since …

2017 ALIMONY REFORM BILL WILL NOT GO FORWARD

Alimony reform efforts began early this year with the filing of HB 283 with a companion bill filed in the Senate. The Senator sponsor, attorney Kathleen Passidomo, announced yesterday that the chairman of the children, family and elder affairs committee refused to hear the bill. Because of this, the alimony bill will not go forward in 2017. The alimony bill …

Fairness and Economic Reality in Business Valuation

By Charles F. Vuotto, Jr., Family Lawyer In order to be fair, the valuation expert’s opinion must result in a value that is the cash equivalent of what the business owner could receive as of the agreed upon cut-off date. Fairness Business ValuationThe notion of fairness is the polestar for most professionals entrusted with the resolution of all issues that …