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“Mandatory Discovery” for Your Florida Family Law Case

One of the phases of divorce or other family law litigation, which you may find the most frustrating or time consuming for you, but which is often a vital stage of the litigation, is “discovery”. Discovery is part of the litigation procedures during which each side is entitled to receive and demand documents and records from the other; and to give the other side questions, called Interrogatories, which must be answered in writing, under penalty of perjury for false answers. Each party can take the other party’s or other witnesses “deposition”; and give the other a Request for Admissions – statements which you ask the other party to admit or deny in writing, also under penalty of perjury. Discovery is a process during which both sides can attempt to nail down any facts in dispute in the case. For family law cases (with a few specific exceptions, e.g. adoptions, enforcement

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Computing Florida Child Support

Most Broward County Child Support attorneys, as well as mediators and Judges at the courthouse, use family law financial software to calculate child support, and there are some child support calculators on-line. If you’re attempting to determine child support though for yourself, it’s going to be a good idea for you to make the calculations by hand, using Florida’s Child Support Guidelines Worksheet – to be sure you get the figures right, including any adjustment for the number of “overnights” each parent spends with the child(ren) (more below on this), and to be sure you’ll understand the issues and items that go into determining child support under Florida law. The first step is to determine each parent’s net-income. The income and deductions that are considered in determining net income for child support are set forth in detail in Florida’s child support statute, but the easiest way to arrive at the

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The Process for Divorce Cases in Broward and Dade Counties (Part II)

Once a case enters litigation, all of the decisions, in each phase, are important in trying to efficiently and successfully resolve the case. Discovery is the process where each party gets to obtain information regarding the other party – financial and other records, depositions, written questions to the other side, and requests for the other spouse to make admissions regarding important issues – called Requests for Admissions. Discovery is an important and often expensive process. Motions for Relief while the case is pending can involve many things – a request for temporary spousal support, a ruling by the Judge regarding visitation or how particular assets or debts are going to be dealt with while the case is pending, or a request to have a child returned to the jurisdiction if one parent moves with the child. The are many potential issues, ranging from financial to emergency hearings regarding the children.

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The Process for Divorce Cases in Broward and Dade Counties

For my first post I want to focus on the process you’ll go through in family court for divorce cases. I think different people will find different ways to go through a divorce or other family law case – some people are most comfortable trying to find someone they can connect with and trust to give them information they need and guide them through; some people will also want to look on-line like this and try to get information to help. With all the information available now on the internet, it’s almost inevitable that we all do at least a few internet searches to look up information, whether we’re dealing with buying a new car or appliance, researching a medical issue or here issues regarding a divorce or other family law cases. One thing I think is helpful is to have some sort of an overview of the whole process.

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