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Toxic Relationships

What are the differences between paternity and divorce

FAMILY FIRST LEGAL GROUP'S PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY, ALEX PETERSON, AS SEEN ON GULFSHORE BUSINESS MAGAZINES WEEKLY WEB SERIES, THE BIZ. 

Principal Attorney, Alex Peterson, discussing toxic relationships and how someones reluctancy to make a change (due to fear, costs, waiting for the new year, etc.) could end up causing their issues to turn into an emergency. We find the people who get hurt the most, are the ones who wait the longest.

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Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, this is Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law and today we're answering the question "What is the difference between a paternity action and a divorce in Florida?" and the simple answer in one word is marriage. Paternity involves unwed couples getting spousal or child support. Divorce involves those actions, in addition to property division.

 

How long until my case is over?

Can I move with my child?

Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, this is Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law, and today we're answering the question, "How long until my case is over?" That's a common question or a common concern when someone is sitting down for the first time. How long is this going to take? And the answer is invariably I don't know. 

Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, this is Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law, and today we're answering the question, can I move with my child during my divorce or paternity case? And the answer is yes, if you're within the 50 mile radius or within the jurisdiction of the court and you're following and complying with the standing order.

 

Can I travel out of state with my child?

Is Florida a 50/50 state?

Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, this is Alex Peterson at Peterson Family Law and today we are answering question: "Can I travel out of the state with my child during my divorce?" The answer is: "Absolutely not, if you haven't had the court say you can or you have not had your spouse sign your right to do so.  

Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, this is Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law. Today we're answering the question, when it comes to parental rights, is Florida a 50/50 state? That question gets asked quite frequently and the answer is no. There is no statutory requirement that mom and dad each get 50% parenting time. If you feel as if there is something important and a reason why the other parent shouldn't have considerable parental visitation time with your child, please, for the sake of your child's well being and health, don't just wave the white flag and say, "Hey, there's no use fighting it because it's a 50/50 state." That's just not accurate.

 

What is best for my children during my divorce/separation?

How long are you required to be a Florida resident before you can file for divorce?

Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, this is Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law. Today we're answering the question, "What is good for my kids during divorce or separation?" That's probably the most important question you can ask as you're going through this set of circumstances. It's important to avoid harsh spousal conflict. This means preserving the child's opinion of both parents.

Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, I'm Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law and today we're answering the question, "How long do I have to be a resident in Florida before I can file for divorce?" The answer is six months. You have to be a resident for six months in the state of Florida to file for a dissolution of marriage.


If your spouse does not live in Florida or hasn't lived in Florida for quite some time, that's a more complicated question that needs to be answered involving in personam jurisdiction or personal jurisdiction. I would suggest you speak with an attorney, a licensed, qualified Florida family law attorney about that issue because it can become quite complicated.

 

Can I get retroactive child support?

What does the length of my marriage mean to my case?

Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, this is Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law and today we're answering the question, "Can I get retroactive child support?" And the answer in law as it is most times it depends. For how long? That also depends.

In a divorce case you can ask for retroactive child support if your spouse has left you up to the date of separation. Then, that time frame can be capped at around 24 months. In a paternity action of unwed couples, you can ask for retroactive child support for 24 months as well.

Family First Legal Group, formerly Peterson Family Law

Hi, this is Alex Peterson of Peterson Family Law, and today we're answering the question, "What does the length of my marriage mean to my case?"

There are three different stages of marriage in the eyes of the Florida law. A short term marriage, zero to seven years, a middle duration marriage, seven to seventeen years, and the seventeen and beyond is a long term marriage. There is a presumption of permanent spousal support in a seventeen year or longer marriage, when there is determined to be a need and an ability to pay. 


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