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What is a Substantial Change in Circumstances?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

There are many issues that must be decided by the spouses before a divorce can be finalized, such as alimony, child support, and custody. However, over time the situation can change for one or both former spouses as well as their children that may necessitate a change in the original divorce decree. When asked… Read More »

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Do I Need My Ex’s Permission to Take My Child on Vacation?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

One of the most commonly asked questions by a parent is whether they need their ex’s permission to take their child on vacation after a divorce. Like most issues that come up during and after a Florida divorce, the answer is that it depends. Where you want to take your child, for how long,… Read More »

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What is Temporary Alimony?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

If you and your spouse decide to file for divorce in Florida, one of the first requests that may be made divorce proceedings is a request for temporary alimony. Most people only think of spousal support payments being made after the divorce is final, but temporary alimony may be awarded to a spouse while… Read More »

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What is Bridge-the-Gap Alimony?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Getting divorced in Florida can be expensive, and transitioning from a dual to a single income household, or from a household where your spouse was the only breadwinner to supporting yourself financially, can feel overwhelming. In Florida, the law provides for a type of alimony known as bridge-the-gap spousal support to help with this… Read More »

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What is Rehabilitative Alimony?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

One of the most significant aspects of the Florida divorce process is determining whether, and what kind, of alimony one spouse should receive during and after the divorce. There are many different types of alimony allowed under Florida law, and the type of spousal support awarded could significantly impact the outcome of your divorce… Read More »

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Commingled Property in a Florida Divorce

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Florida is an equitable distribution state when it comes to the division of property in a divorce. This means that all marital property is split equitably, but not necessarily equally, between spouses. All separate property goes back to the spouse that brought that property into the marriage. But how do you split property that… Read More »

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Benefits of Establishing Paternity

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Many men have questioned why the need exists to establish paternity for a child in Florida. The truth is that establishing paternity benefits all parties involved: the father, mother, and the child in this situation. Benefits of legally verifying the father of a minor child extend beyond the financial and can have legal and… Read More »

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The Benefits of Genetic Testing for Paternity

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

When a couple is married and has a baby, the husband is the presumed father of the child. However, when a woman gives birth who is unmarried, establishing paternity can get more complicated. One option for establishing paternity in Florida is through the use of genetic testing. There are many benefits to utilizing the… Read More »

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When Can I Modify a Child Support Order?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

When children are involved in a Florida divorce, one of the aspects of the final divorce decree is establishing the amount of child support that must be paid from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent for the child’s care and wellbeing. However, circumstances can change in the months and years after your divorce… Read More »

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Does My Child Have a Say in Custody Decisions?

By Blair H. Chan, III, PLLC |

Divorce is always difficult, but when children are involved emotions can run high when it comes to determining custody and visitation. This is especially so if the parents cannot agree on custody and both wish to have the child as the custodial parent. At a certain age, the child may also express a preference… Read More »

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