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June 2020 Archives

Child Custody and Visitation - Parenting Plans in Florida

A Child Custody and Visitation case was recently decided by the Florida Court of Appeal in a case captioned Scudder v. Scudder. The parties were married in 2001 in India, and have three children. When the husband and wife lived in the United Arab Emirates, they entered into a marital settlement agreement. The marital settlement agreement covered some financial issues involving the children, discussed child support, and set forth a timesharing schedule. The Husband then filed for divorce in Collier County, Florida. After filing for divorce in Collier County, Florida, the Husband and the children moved to Palm Beach County. The Circuit Court in Collier County, Florida transferred the case to the Circuit Court in Palm Beach County, Florida for purposes of resolving timesharing issues pertaining to the children. The parties agreed that a social investigation could be conducted. The social investigator filed a report and recommendation with the Court.

Durational Alimony in Florida

A durational alimony case was recently decided by the Florida Court of Appeal in a case captioned Rhoden v. Rhoden. In this case the husband filed a Petition for Dissolution of a thirty-five year marriage. The husband denied that wife required alimony, and denied that he was able to pay it. The Court stated that the wife had several illnesses, and probably would not have been employable if she had not worked for her husband. The Florida Statutes enable trial courts to award several different types of alimony. In awarding alimony, a court must first find that one party has a need for support and that the other party has the ability to pay. Once the court makes this initial determination, the Court is required to consider other factors set forth in the Florida Statutes. In this case, the trial court awarded the wife durational alimony.

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