Qualified Domestic Relations Order-QDRO

In Florida, upon getting divorced a spouse is entitled to a portion of the other spouse’s retirement benefits.  Florida Statute § 61.076 (1) governs the distribution of retirement plans upon t...

Invest in Yourself

One of the most important things to remember as you are moving forward with an action for dissolution of marriage is to accurately and fully fill out the Florida Family Law long form financial affidav...

Bringing Children into the Divorce Process

One major no-no in a Florida divorce case in which the parties have minor children is to “bring the children into the divorce process.  “Bringing the children into the divorce” means that the p...

Speedy Divorce

New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. is quite often asked about the possibility of obtaining a speedy divorce.  The short answer is that in Florida it is possible for two individuals t...

Health Care

The costs that are associated with health care are often a much overlooked issue when a husband and or wife begin the divorce process.  How does an individual even begin to navigate what should be an...

What happens to the Marital Residence in Divorce?

One of the first questions that New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. is often asked from a potential new divorce client is who gets to stay in the house once I file for divorce.  The a...

Temporary Relief

It is very common for a potential client to tell New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. that she would like to file for divorce but that her husband has full control of all the finances; ...

Why Should I Hire an Attorney?

Why should I hire an attorney to assist me with a divorce in Florida?  It should come as no surprise then that Florida Family Law is an area of practice which requires a very significant amount of kn...

Holiday Time Sharing

The holiday season is a normally a time when families get together and celebrate. It is supposed to be a time of joy where we give thanks, but when two parties are in the process of a divorce or are d...

Divorce and Forensics

In a contentious divorce, there are really only a few things that spouses can fight over: children, alimony, money, assets and debts.  Often the fight over children is due to the amount of child supp...

Dirty Tricks…

It has been the experience of New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. that in many divorces, one party will try to manipulate the other by refusing to play fair under the court rules and r...

What is a GAL?

At New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. commonly is asked “What is a Guardian ad Litem?” The term “ad Litem” is a Latin phrase which translates to “for the lawsuit.”  A Gua...

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

One of the first questions that a potential client typically asks to New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. is “How much will my divorce cost?”  While this may be a very reasonable q...

Contempt Issues

Going through a divorce can be a very difficult and emotionally draining task, so most people expect to get their lives back on track once the court has entered a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marr...

Pre Nups

Historically, postnuptial agreements have been used by parties who previously went through a divorce; and now want to protect their assets just in case their upcoming marriage also ends in a divorce....

Custody and Time Sharing

What do the terms custody, visitation, time-sharing and parenting plan mean under Florida divorce and paternity law?  Historically Florida was what is considered a “custody” State where in th...