Why You Need a Guardian

Guardians in Florida Family Law It is quite common for a new or potentially new client to state that my friend just got divorced and he or she got a very favorable custody arrangement and time sharing...

Collaborative Law – Part III

In 2001, the Florida Supreme Court recognized that our family law cases were in need of “a system that provided non-adversarial alternatives and flexibility of alternatives; a system that preserved ...

Disestablishment of Paternity

To understand the process of Disestablishment of Paternity it is very important to understand how establishment of paternity happens. There are basically two scenarios, if the mother of the child is m...

Thank You to my Fellow Veterans!

I want to take a moment to thank all those that are currently serving, and to those that have served, in our Country’s Armed Forces. You are the people that stepped up to protect and defend the way ...

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...

Travel Post-Divorce

Many families regularly travel together while they are a single family unit, but once a divorce is finalized the ability to make travel arrangements with children can be a daunting task unless this is...

Modify Parenting Plan

Quite often, parties in Florida get divorced while their child or children are very young – such as under the age of 5 or 6, so just how does a Family Law court fashion a parenting plan or time shar...

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...

Military Time Sharing

As a member of the U.S. armed services who has been deployed, you should be able to concentrate on defending our country and not be concerned that your former spouse will be able to take legal action ...

Facebook Consequences in Divorce

In our everyday life, Facebook and other social media services can play a very important role in sharing mementos of our daily activities with our friends and family.  Social media also allows people...

Magistrate v. Judge

As a litigant in a Florida Family Law case, it is possible that certain portions or maybe your entire case will be heard and decided by a Judge or a General Magistrate.  So what is the difference bet...

False Domestic Violence

In Florida Family Courts, an allegation of domestic violence is treated very seriously by the Judge who may determine all facets of the dissolution of your marriage. Regardless of whether or not you a...

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...

Paternity

Historically speaking, children who born out of wedlock were considered to be illegitimate and a certain stigma attached to this status.  However, that has drastically changed over the past 50 plus y...

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...