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Who Gets the Pet in a Divorce?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

When most people think of the issues involved in a divorce, they consider property distribution, alimony, and child custody; however, one issue that many couples do not consider that can have a significant impact on your life is who will get the pet in the divorce? Some states are now reevaluating the way they… Read More »

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Are Gifts Considered Separate or Marital Property?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

In a Florida divorce, the division of property between spouses can be one of the most complex and emotionally wrought aspects of the entire process. As an equitable distribution state, each spouse is entitled to a portion of the marital estate that is considered equitable, but not always equal. As such, the identification of… Read More »

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What Happens If My Spouse Files for Divorce While I’m Deployed?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Having a spouse in the military and on deployment can cause a significant strain on a marriage, and for some spouses it can simply be too much. But what happens when one spouse files for divorce while the other spouse is deployed on active duty? Military divorces differ from traditional divorces in a few… Read More »

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What is Marital Property?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

During a Florida divorce, one of the largest and most significant aspects of the divorce settlement is the distribution of marital property. However, many people do not understand when they enter into a divorce what is considered marital property and what is not. Furthermore, there are cases where property that was not marital can… Read More »

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Differences Between Military and Civilian Divorce in Florida

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

There are over one million active American military members stationed across the country and the world. Military marriage comes with its own set of complications, and so does military divorce. Filing for divorce when one or both spouses are part of the military comes with its own unique set of complications that do not… Read More »

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Grounds for Terminating Parental Rights in Florida

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Being a parent is one of, if not the, biggest responsibility a person can take on in their lifetime. However, some situations arise where it is necessary to terminate a person’s parental responsibilities over a child. This can occur for many reasons, from the negative, such as a parent being an unfit mother or… Read More »

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How To File for Divorce if Your Spouse Lives Out of State

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

When marriages end, couples will go their separate ways. In many cases, this means moving out to an apartment on the other side of town, but other times one spouse may leave Florida and move to another state before the divorce is filed. While filing for divorce with a spouse who lives out of… Read More »

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How To Modify a Time-Sharing Agreement for Your Child

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

While parents may come to an agreement during their divorce negotiations regarding a time-sharing schedule for their children or the schedule is ordered by the courts, it is unrealistic to think that the same time-sharing arrangement will continue to work exactly as is three, five, or ten years later. People and circumstances change that… Read More »

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What Type of Alimony is Right for Your Divorce?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Alimony, sometimes called spousal support, may be granted to either spouse in a divorce based on the less wealthy spouse’s need and the wealthier spouse’s ability to pay. The purpose of alimony is to help the lesser earning spouse maintain their current lifestyle while they transition into becoming financial independent after the divorce. Alimony… Read More »

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What are the Best Interests of the Child?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Couples trying to navigate a divorce is difficult enough, but when minor children are involved the situation can get much more complex very quickly. If a couple cannot agree on aspects of their divorce settlement like child custody, visitation, or child support the court will make the determinations based on the best interests of… Read More »

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