Family First Legal Group Wins Family Friendly Business Award

Family First Legal Group Wins Family Friendly Business Award

Our team at Family First Legal Group is ecstatic that we were one of the 59 businesses to have won the Family Friendly Business Award. For the past 19 years, this award has acknowledged local businesses that put family first, and at Family First Legal Group, that is exactly what we do both with our Clients and our staff.

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Family First Legal Group Named a 2018 Law Firm 500 Honoree for Fastest Growing Law Firms in the U.S. – Two Years Running

Family First Legal Group Named a 2018 Law Firm 500 Honoree for Fastest Growing Law Firms in the U.S. – Two Years Running

Our team at Family First Legal Group has been dedicated to providing excellence in customer service resulting in many happy clients. In doing so, our commitment and focus has taken us on a fabulous journey of growth – both personally and for our business.

We are pleased to announce that our law firm has been named a 2018 Law Firm 500 Honoree awarded to the Fastest Growing Law Firms in the US. Although this recognition is calculated on growth, it could not be possible without the continued operational excellence and commitment to client service exhibited by our team each and every day. 

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"I need to change my parenting plan, it’s not working for me and my kids."

"I need to change my parenting plan, it’s not working for me and my kids."

Is this something you often find yourself thinking?  If so, you need to know a few things.

First, the State of Florida permits modifications to parenting plans that come from a divorce or paternity case under certain circumstances.  The Florida Supreme Court has established what a parent needs to prove before the local Trial Court, like Collier or Lee County, will consider modifying a parenting plan.  This is called a burden for modification.

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What is a divorce appeal in Florida?

What is a divorce appeal in Florida?

What is a divorce appeal in Florida? 

A typical divorce in Collier or Lee County, Florida does not involve an appeal.  In some cases however, a spousal will find him/herself in a divorce trial and will think “this is not going well...”  An appeal is your next step, and really, your only chance if this happens to you.  No one wants to be in this position.

So, what is the best way to avoid an appeal?  

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Perspective—A must read!

Perspective—A must read!

February 1, 2018

I'm sure everyone has heard of Go Fund Me. Well, a couple months back an email came into my inbox regarding a little girl named Dana (7) who was baking cookies to raise money to help save the life of her friend, Mila (also 7). It touched my heart so much I donated back then, but feel the story must be shared.

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Setting Goals

Setting Goals

January 1, 2018

We could all use a little help on setting goals. The below excerpt does a fantastic job of explaining the importance of goal setting and what we lose by not setting them. We encourage everyone to set at least one goal in 2018. 

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Family First Legal Group has been named a 2017 Law Firm 500 honoree!

Family First Legal Group has been named a 2017 Law Firm 500 honoree!

It is with great pride that we announce that our law firm has been ranked #3 as a 2017 Law Firm 500 Honoree awarded to the fastest growing law firms in the US. We have grown 1,630% over 3-years by focusing on our operational excellence and commitment to client service.

To achieve this truly remarkable accomplishment, our team at Family First Legal Group, has been dedicated to providing above average quality service to our clients. Our management has embraced technology through innovation and creativity. We have all engaged in determination and perseverance. All-in-all, it has been a fabulous journey of growth – both professionally and personally.

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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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