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Harness Collaborative Contract Power!

By Michael P. Sampson A Climate of Positive Energy Valentine’s Day 1990. The founder of ...
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FAQs Florida Collaborative Divorce

Frequently asked questions regarding Florida Collaborative Divorce. ...
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Collaborative Family Law: Florida Favors Settlement Agreements

Florida favors settlement agreements of family law disputes. Parents may agree to take on obligations ...
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Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA) Statewide Chart of Enactment

Please see the statewide chart of enactment of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (UCLA), with ...
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Collaborative Family Law Agreements: Parenting Plan Basics

What is a Parenting Plan? In Florida, a ‘Parenting Plan’ governs the relationship between parents ...
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Defenses to Child Abduction Claims: Hague Convention

A parent who moves with a child from the child’s home country to another country, ...
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Florida Income Deduction Orders

On December 5, 2019, the Florida Supreme Court amended the form for income deduction orders. ...
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Florida Parenting Coordinator Rules

The Supreme Court of Florida amended the Florida Rules for Qualified and Court-Appointed Parenting Coordinators (“Parenting ...
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Update Florida Beneficiary Designations After Divorce

What happens to your beneficiary designations of your spouse when you divorce? With few exceptions, ...
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Remind Divorced Employees to Update Beneficiary Designations

Employers: think about reminding your employees to update their beneficiary designations after divorce. For multiple ...
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Divorce and Beneficiary Designations — Florida Statutes §732.703

Introduction  How does divorce affect your beneficiary designation of your ex when you die?  Multiple ...
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Collaborative Parenting Plans: A Child’s Prospective Best Interests

Collaborative Parenting Plans in Florida divorce or paternity cases may address your child’s future best ...
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Collaborative Family Law Agreements: A Child’s Future Best Interests

Judges Must Make Decisions About Children’s Best Interests Based On Present Facts, Not Future Best ...
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Florida Parenting Plans & Events Reasonably Certain to Occur

When Can a Judge Look Ahead? When ordering a parenting plan in a Florida divorce ...
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Children’s Best Interests: Parenting Plans Entail Prediction

Parenting plans govern parents’ future conduct in relationship towards each other and towards their children.  These ...
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Collaborative Parenting Plans: Extraordinary Burden for Modification

In Florida, parents face an extraordinary burden for modification of a parenting plan. This burden ...
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Collaborative Parenting Plans: Judges Must Safeguard Children

When considering parents’ agreements, judges must safeguard children. A court isn’t bound by parents’ agreements ...
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Collaborative Parenting Plans: Anticipating Events Certain to Occur

Parents in Florida divorce and paternity cases may anticipate and plan for events reasonably certain ...
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Parenting Plan Modification: Enlist Court Review When Events Occur

A court has an ongoing obligation to safeguard minor children’s best interests. Collaborating parents may ...
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Collaborative Parenting Plans: How Will You Resolve Future Impasses?

Many parents agree to resolve privately future impasses if they can’t agree on decisions for ...
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Contingencies Parents Build into their Parenting Plans in Florida Divorces

For events you anticipate, can you build into your parenting plan modifications? CN v. IGC: ...
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Florida Parenting Plans: Agreeing to a Different Burden for Modification

You may agree your judgment will provide for a lesser burden for modification than the ...
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Beneficiary Designations: Checklist for Collaborative Teams

This Beneficiary Designations Checklist for collaborative teams can help couples develop options for beneficiary designations ...
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Collaborative Marital Settlement Agreements: Insurance Policies

On divorce, Florida law automatically revokes beneficiary designations under insurance policies in favor of an ...
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Automatic Revocation of Will Provisions that Affect an Ex-Spouse

Spouses should know Florida Statutes automatically revokes certain will provisions upon a final judgment of ...
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Collaborative Marital Agreements — Beneficiary Designations After Divorce

Florida law revokes on divorce beneficiary designations that “affect” an ex-spouse.  For more, read here, here ...
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Florida Parenting Plans – Consent to Child’s Mental Health Treatment

How do parenting plans provide for consent to mental health treatment for a child?  What ...
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Parental Responsibility and Decision Making

Parents in Florida divorce and paternity cases decide if they will share parental responsibility and ...
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Shared Parental Responsibility and Sole Parental Responsibility

Parents who “share parental responsibility” retain full parental rights and responsibilities for their child. This ...
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Shared Parenting – Retained Consent to Mental Health Treatment

Florida law treats consent to a child’s “mental health treatment” differently from other shared major ...
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Florida Law: Each Parent Retains Consent to Mental Health Treatment

In 2016, Florida law changed to mandate, in parenting plans designating shared parental responsibility, that ...
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Collaborative Practice: Shared Parental Responsibility for Health Care

How do courts in Florida handle shared parental responsibility over a child’s health care? Florida ...
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Collaborative Process: Clarifying Intent About “Mental Health Treatment”

Florida’s divorce and paternity statutes don’t define “mental health treatment.” When they’re sharing parental responsibility, ...
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What Is “Mental Health Treatment”?

Florida law provides either parent may consent to their child’s mental health treatment. But, what ...
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Language – “Mental Health Treatment”

Parents in the Collaborative Process may consider using definitions of “mental health treatment.” This article ...
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Informed Consent By One Parent – Florida Mental Health Professionals

When Florida parents divorce and share parental responsibility, either may consent to mental health treatment ...
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Florida Mental Health Providers & Informed Consent

Florida’s mental health treatment providers, and their professions’ corresponding statutory informed consent requirements, include: Mental Health ...
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What If Parents Disagree About Child’s Mental Health Treatment?

One parent disagrees with the other parent’s consenting to mental health treatment for their child. ...
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Corporation or Trust Challenges to Service of Process and Jurisdiction

By Michael P. Sampson (part 1 of 8)   What corporation or trust challenges to ...
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Challenge to Personal Jurisdiction: Service of Process

By Michael P. Sampson (part 2 of 8) Service of Process – Effective Service is ...
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Family Law Pleadings: Allege Personal Jurisdiction

By Michael P. Sampson (part 3 of 8) For the Florida court to adjudicate claims ...
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Personal Jurisdiction – Long-Arm Statute or Alter Ego Theory?

By Michael P. Sampson (part 4 of 8) A spouse may attempt to bring in ...
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Long-Arm Jurisdiction: Specific or General?

By Michael P. Sampson (part 5 of 8) First Prong: Is Personal Jurisdiction Over the ...
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Alter Ego Basis for Jurisdiction in Florida Family Law Action

By Michael P. Sampson (part 6 of 8) Alter Ego Basis for Jurisdiction: Piercing the ...
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Jurisdiction Over Property at Issue in Florida Divorce

By Michael P. Sampson (part 7 of 8) In Rem Jurisdiction Over Real and Personal ...
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Affidavits to Support Challenges to Jurisdiction in Florida Divorce

By Michael P. Sampson (part 8 of 8) Sworn Affidavits: Important to Be Prepared! An ...
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Domestic Partnership Agreements: FAQs

This final installment of a 7-part series about domestic partnership agreements answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) about ...
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Domestic Partnership Agreements: Financial Disclosures and Privacy

This sixth installment of a 7-part series about Domestic Partnership Agreements discusses financial disclosures and privacy. ...
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Survivor’s Rights on Domestic Partner’s Death

This fifth installment of a 7-part series about Domestic Partnership Agreements discusses survivor’s rights on ...
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Domestic Partnership Agreements: The Home and Joint Expenses

This second installment of a 7-part series about domestic partnership agreements discusses the home and joint ...
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Domestic Partnership Agreements: Overview

This first installment of a 7-part series gives an overview of  domestic partnership agreements. Married and ...
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Domestic Partnership Agreements: Support When the Relationship Ends

This fourth installment of a 7-part series about Domestic Partnership Agreements discusses support when the ...
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Florida’s Collaborative Divorce Forms

In 2020, the Supreme Court of Florida adopted collaborative divorce forms. See Florida Family Law ...
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Collaborative Divorce – Rule 4-1.19

This article discusses Florida’s ethical rule for the collaborative law process in family law matters, ...
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Custody of Children by Extended Family Member Including Fictive Kin

An “extended family member” may ask the court for “temporary” or “concurrent” custody of a ...
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Florida’s Collaborative Law System

Florida’s collaborative law system for collaborative divorce has four parts: a statute, a family law ...
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Florida’s Collaborative Process Forms

On October 15, 2020 (updated November 12, 2020), the Supreme Court of Florida approved Florida ...
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Why Jeff Bezos should have gotten a prenup & why you should too

By: Hanna Horvath, Policygenius The richest couple in the world is a couple no more. ...
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Domestic Partnership Agreements: Separate and Jointly Acquired Property

This third installment of a 7-part series about Domestic Partnership Agreements discusses separate and jointly ...
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Florida Collaborative Law Process Act, §61.55 – 61.58, Florida Statutes

PART III, CHAPTER 61, FLORIDA STATUTES COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS ACT 61.55 Purpose. 61.56 Definitions. 61.57 Beginning, concluding, and ...
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Florida Collaborative Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.745

RULE 12.745. COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS(a) Application. This rule governs all proceedings under chapter 61, part ...
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Collaborative Divorce: Dividing Retirement Accounts

The Challenge: In collaborative divorce, dividing retirement accounts can be tricky.  Collaborative teams, usually with ...
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Second Parent Adoption – Florida Reinstates Same Sex Adoption

In the Matter of the Adoption of D.P.P., 158 So. 3d 633 (Fla. 5th DCA ...
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