Reflecting on Hurricane Irma's Impact on our lives

Reflecting on Hurricane Irma's Impact on our lives

From the chaos of the news reports on Irma's spaghetti path, to after the hit, we have heard from many former clients wishing our staff and our families the best.  They have told us they're praying for us and they are thinking of us.

I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of support because it goes to show that we made a permanent impact on their lives.  These former clients could have easily forgotten about us and moved on saying - 'yeah they were nice enough, but I haven't thought about them in years.'  But they didn't.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE from the Attorney for clients with minor children

IMPORTANT MESSAGE from the Attorney for clients with minor children

To All of Our Clients,

The following is a general statement from Attorney Peterson regarding this emergency and how it may affect your case:
 
We know that safety for you and your children is your top priority – as it is ours.  In planning, it is important to consider existing court orders that apply to your children and your case – but also understand that the Courts are going to be understanding of emergency responses and actions.

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Office Closure - Hurricane Irma

Office Closure - Hurricane Irma

The Family First Legal Group office is open today, Wednesday, September 6. We will do our best to conduct business as usual today. 

In order to allow our staff and their families enough time to prepare for the hurricanes arrival and to evacuate, should they so choose, we will be closed beginning on Thursday, September 7th and will remain closed until the hurricane has passed and it is safe to return. 

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School's Back In Session! 

School's Back In Session! 

Can you believe it's September 1? More importantly, can you believe that kids have been back-to-school for two to three weeks already? Back-to-school typically means a new schedule and a new source of stress in most parents lives. For me, the new bedtime routine isn't as stressful as getting back into the groove of packing lunches. (Oh how I despise coming up with lunch ideas!). Here are some tips for keeping cool and, even better, more organized this school year...

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Going to Court vs Settling your Divorce Case in Southwest Florida

Going to Court vs Settling your Divorce Case in Southwest Florida

Representing clients who are going through difficult interpersonal relationships is a big responsibility and one that we here at Family First never take lightly.

We have represented clients who are devastated by the infidelity of their spouse and are completely blind-sided by the divorce.  On the opposite end, we have represented clients who haven't seen or heard from their spouse is over a decade.  Each case is unique and presents its own personal challenges/opportunities.

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Worries and Fears over Divorce Case in Southwest Florida

Worries and Fears over Divorce Case in Southwest Florida

I am the proud Father of four-year-old twins and over the holidays I had a wonderful chance to catch up on some much needed time with them (I hope you did too with your kids).

Whenever I get to spend time with my children I always realize something profound.  This time it came when my son and I were discussing 'Worry Eaters," which are little stuffed toys that you can write down and put your worries in and get through problems together.  He saw them in a magazine and as I explained that they are indeed a neat toy, that he doesn't need one because he's a child and shouldn't have any worries.

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Holiday Time-sharing with Children in Florida

Holiday Time-sharing with Children in Florida

Another year is almost in the books and we here at Family First like to ask the really tough questions this time of year (well all the time actually).  Are you spending the quantity and quality of holiday time you want to be with your children this year?* 

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When do I file my financial affidavit?

When do I file my financial affidavit?

This is a common question we hear...here...  The answer is, it depends.  Under Florida Statutes 61.30(14) every petition for, or a modification of, child support shall be accompanied by a statement of income, expenses, etc... (basically a financial affidavit).

This means that if you are the petitioner or counter-petitioner in a case seeking to establish or modify child support you need to file your financial affidavit with the petition or counter-petition. 

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Do I need to bring anything with me to case management in Florida?

Do I need to bring anything with me to case management in Florida?

We are often asked by our clients a very reasonable and rational question, "do I need to bring anything with me to case management in Florida?" and the answer is typically no.  The Court doesn't require you to bring anything with you to case management in Collier or Lee Counties.

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The Florida Parent's Divorce Handbook

The Florida Parent's Divorce Handbook

In our continued efforts to improve our community and the lives of our clients, our Principal Attorney and Speaker, Alex Peterson has published a book, The Florida Parent's Divorce Handbook which is free to download in electronic format.

We want you to share this book with your colleagues, your friends, your siblings, your loved ones, and anyone else you care about who may be facing a divorce in Florida.  

Our motto is kids crave structure and we hope this book will help Florida parents promote structure during the time of turmoil for the benefit of their children.

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Why did you get married?

Why did you get married?

When we consult with folks considering divorce there are usually so many more concerns and worries than there were at the time of marriage.

Most people, when asked, "Why did you get married?" say one thing - "We were in love."  

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Are you REALLY protecting yourself and your kids?

Are you REALLY protecting yourself and your kids?

I came across a commercial yesterday that was not only funny, but made me think that this would be a great blog article topic. Are you properly protecting yourself and your kids from sun exposure?

First, let me say, you need to watch this ad. It is hilarious.

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Your Divorce Is All About Perspective

Your Divorce Is All About Perspective

Everyone who is faced with a divorce must undergo some self-analysis.  It is inevitable -- but it is also the hardest part of the process.  Regardless of whether your marriage was for 2 years or 20 years and you had 0 children or 10 children, your marriage was supposed to be a time of tranquility, harmony and love.

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Disagreement Over Summer Camp in Southwest Florida

Disagreement Over Summer Camp in Southwest Florida

The time has come when you and your current or former significant other need to discuss summer camp for your children.  This time can be stressful because of the options, or lack thereof depending upon your level of procrastination, and the logistics/costs involved.

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Looking forward to something more...

Looking forward to something more...

Ask yourself honestly - if you are in a relationship that is "over" but you're still in it, when was the last time you put something on your calendar that you counted down the days to?  That you anxiously and with a smile, awaited to come to you?  As the joy fades from our lives, it's almost unnoticed how many little things slip away.  

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