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 ...

Domestic Violence Injunction

Domestic Violence Injunction – Part 1 New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq. recognizes that while living in a household where domestic violence exists is degrading; it may be diffi...

Annulment

At New Horizons Law, P.A., Michael J. Costantino, Esq., is often asked whether it is possible in Florida to have their marriage end by annulment, instead of by divorce.  The response is that it i...

Collaborative Law – Part II

Participation Agreement In order to participate in the Collaborative law process, the parties and their respective attorneys are required to sign a written agreement that sets forth each parties inten...

Collaborative Law in Florida

New Law in Florida On March 26, 2016, Governor Scott signed into effect the Collaborative Law Process Act which applies to divorce, custody, and all other Florida family law matters.  The compone...

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...