⛱ Summer travel season is here! Do you have your estate plans ready to go? Between reservations, packing, and getting your house prepped while you're away, it's easy to get distracted by the never-ending vacation to-do list! Before you go, there are a few estate planning "must-dos" that every family should prepare in advance. Although difficult to think about, it's important to ensure you have everything in place to protect your family no matter what happens. While chances are good that nothing will happen to you or your loved ones, you don't want to take the risk that something could go wrong and your last wishes aren't honored or even known.
With March being National Reading Awareness Month, News4Jax and Douglas Law Firm want to shine a spotlight on classrooms that have demonstrated a passion for reading. There is no question that literacy is an essential element to a child’s development and opens the door to a brighter future.
In the midst of a family law case, the children’s well-being and quality of life is the most important aspect of the legal matter in the court's eyes. While the parents are able to voice their arguments for custody agreements and child support payments, the judge will always rule in favor of the circumstances that will best support the children involved in the process. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the children have the same quality of life they had before the divorce and also ensure that their needs, both financially and emotionally, are met.
The recent surge in the coronavirus pandemic across the country has reminded all of us that a return to “normal” is far from imminent. The public health and economic crises caused by the pandemic have had many secondary effects, one of which is that we have all been reminded of our own mortality. For many people, this has sparked a renewed and urgent interest in estate planning, including creating, updating, and/or finalizing estate plans.
In cases of legal separation, divorce, and paternity, one parent is typically ordered to pay child support to the other legally responsible parent. Under Florida child support law, parents are not able to waive child support obligations. Parents of a minor child have a legal and moral duty to support their child. Failing to pay court-ordered child support in Florida can result in severe consequences.