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May 2020 Archives

Modification of Child Custody and Visitation in Florida

A Modification of Child Custody and Visitation case was recently decided by the Florida Court of Appeal. In a case captioned Light v. Kirkland the mother appealed a judgment modifying her timesharing schedule with her child. The original divorce decree provided that the mother was to have timesharing with her child during the week, and the child was to spend three weekends per month with her father. The father filed a Supplemental Petition to Modify Timesharing. The trial court granted the father's Supplemental Petition, and awarded the father timesharing during the week. This modification required the child to transfer to a new school.

Children's Preferences in Child Custody and Visitation cases in Florida

A Child Custody and Visitation case involving a child's custody preference was recently decided by the Florida Court of Appeal. In a case captioned Talarico v. Talarico, the mother and father had two children. The parties divorced and negotiated parenting plans. Several years later, the father sought a modification of child custody and visitation, which the trial court granted. The Florida Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's decision.

Retirement - Modification of Alimony in Florida

A Modification of Alimony case involving a former husband's retirement was recently decided by the Florida Court of Appeal in a case captioned Befanis v. Befanis. In this case, a physician filed a Supplemental Petition for Modification of Alimony. The parties were divorced in 2010. At the time of the dissolution of marriage, the former husband was a successful ophthalmologist and owned his own practice. Five years after the divorce was granted, the former husband filed a Supplemental Petition for Modification of Alimony based upon the fact that he sold his business, was working as a salaried employee, and sustained a substantial decrease in his income. In his Supplemental Petition, the former husband also stated that he was preparing to retire, as he was almost 65 years of age. The former husband and former wife signed an agreed final judgment that reduced the former husband's alimony obligation.

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