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Termination of Parental Rights in Florida

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

With a few exceptions, virtually every biological parent automatically has legal rights regarding his or her child. These “rights” include things like: Having the ability to spend time with the child Making decisions on the child’s behalf Determining who has access to the child Being a parent also comes with legal obligations related to… Read More »

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Calculating Spousal Support in Florida

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Spousal support, or alimony, is money paid in either a lump sum or in periodic payments from one spouse to another. It is designed to “even out” any significant financial differences between the couple. For example, if one spouse has a significantly higher income than the other, then an award of spousal support is… Read More »

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Guardian Ad Litem: The Basics

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Children are an important part of many family law disputes. Unfortunately, however, they are not able to voice their opinions and preferences in a meaningful way in many circumstances. Even when they do, they may not fully understand or appreciate which plan of action will really be in their best interests over the long… Read More »

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Family Law Appeals in Florida

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Just because you are finished with your family law trial, that does not mean that your case is over. Both parties have the option to appeal the case if they do not think that the result is fair or in line with the applicable law. The family law appeals process allows you to challenge… Read More »

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Is Withholding Visitation Against the Law?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

When parents divorce or separate, they will often create a parenting plan that sets out when their child will reside with each parent and how major decisions regarding the child will be made. In fact, parenting plans are required in any divorce that involves children in Florida. That means that if the parents are… Read More »

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Creating a Parenting Plan

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Every divorcing couple that has children in Florida must create a parenting plan as part of their divorce “package.” The parenting plan is formally known as a visitation schedule or custody arrangement. Florida has a strong public policy in favor of allowing the child to have contact with both parents after they separate or… Read More »

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5 Advantages of Using Mediation for Divorce

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Mediation is an alternative to litigation in many types of cases. It is a process that is used to resolve conflict by coming to an agreement that both parties can tolerate. It may not be exactly what one party or the other wants, but they often both have some advantages, instead of having a… Read More »

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How to Enforce a Child Support Order

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

parent must explain why he or she has not made the payments. In some cases, there may be a legitimate excuse, such as a sudden illness, or an involuntary job loss. However, it the child support order was violated without cause, the court can take a number of steps, including: Order payments to be… Read More »

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Equitable Distribution: 4 Signs That Your Spouse May Be Hiding Assets

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

During the divorce, property is distributed as evenly as possible. One spouse may not be able to receive exactly half of the property, which is why property division is often referred to as “equitable” as opposed to “even.” The court takes into account many factors when dividing property, including whether the spouse can support… Read More »

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3 Common Myths About Prenuptial Agreements

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Prenuptial agreements are rarely an easy topic. Newly engaged couples often cannot imagine the possibility of divorcing their significant other while they are planning their new lives together. Prenuptial agreements are often taboo for many reasons. Unfortunately, that means that some couples that could use a prenuptial agreement do not make one because they… Read More »

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