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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2014 – Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA) recently ruled that deterioration in a former spouse’s health can usually support a reduction in his or her alimony obligation. In Garvey v. Garvey, a former husband sought to modify his alimony obligation to his former wife after his multiple sclerosis (MS) began causing significant health problems. The decision hinged on whether the alimony agreement had been made in anticipation of such a turn in his health. “I think the Fourth DCA made the right decision here,” said Attorney O. Reginald Osenton, who is […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2014 – Corruption charges against a former Virginian governor and his spouse could push their marital issues into the spotlight. As court-bound corruption scandals go, the trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell that began July 28 seems a generally familiar tale. As usual, a once-promising politician’s career has been torn asunder by allegations of financial impropriety, but his wife’s alleged direct involvement has made the case both complex and unusual. Maureen McDonnel is also facing corruption charges, and the accusations could very well put the interests of each half of the marriage […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) announced today a partnership with NESSO Strategies to develop strategic leadership programs and interactive educational content for law firm leadership. “High performance leadership is essential to success in today’s legal environment,” states ALA Executive Director Oliver Yandle. “We are thrilled to partner with Nesso Strategies in delivering this engaging and insightful educational program.” The two organizations will collaborate and leverage respective strengths, ALA providing solutions to critical challenges faced by professionals in the legal business industry; and NESSO Strategies bringing a wealth of knowledge and […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2014 – It is vitally important to protect assets when planning to marry. Protective measures do not indicate a lack of trust; they give both parties to the contract control over their future finances. “Many engaged couples are uncomfortable signing a prenup, as they feel it is not romantic and indicates a lack of trust between partners. The truth of the matter is, if you take control of your future financial situation now, you will not be faced with any unexpected surprises if the marriage were to break down,” explained Gerald Maggio, an […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2014 – A Florida woman’s recent divorce taught her a tough lesson in commingling of assets. In the context of family law, “commingling of assets” is the act of combining a non-marital asset with a marital asset. The asset that couples most often commingle is cash. That is exactly what happened in the case of Sorgen v. Sorgen, which was recently decided by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals (DCA). Attorney O. Reginald Osenton, who is not involved with the case, explained how the case illustrates the legal ideas behind it. “Mrs. Sorgen […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2014 – Florida’s same-sex marriage ban suffered two legal defeats in July, and a ruling on a third case is still pending. On July 17, 2014, a circuit judge in Monroe County said the law violates the U.S. Constitution. Just over a week later on July 25, a Miami-Dade judge followed suit in a separate case. Each of those rulings, which would have permitted marriages to proceed in their respective counties, was stayed pending appeal by the state. A still-pending ruling on a federal case in Tallahassee would apply statewide. Attorney O. Reginald […]


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Irvine, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2014 – California is the most expensive state in which to file for divorce. According to a new comparison of government data, the divorce filing fees in California can total $435 or more depending on the county — even more than the similarly high $400 fees charged in Florida and Minnesota. According to California divorce attorney and divorce mediator Gerald Maggio, the filing fee is often just the beginning. “The backlog of divorce cases in our family courts makes California divorce even more expensive.” Under California law, domestic violence and restraining order cases […]


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Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators, an organization representing 9,000 professionals who lead the strategic business operations of law firms and law departments worldwide, has joined with several other legal business associations to call for a reconsideration of a Texas State Bar ethics decision that prohibits the use of certain titles for non-lawyer management positions. The Ethics Committee’s decision states a Texas firm may not use “officer” or “principal” in job titles for non-lawyer employees of the firm, arguing that doing so gives the impression of non-lawyers exerting control or influence over […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2014 – Today, Cushman & Wakefield launched its second annual National Legal Sector Benchmark Survey in partnership with ALM Legal Intelligence, a leading provider of detailed business information and competitive intelligence about the legal industry to top U.S. and international law firms and their clients, including The Am Law 100 and 200. The survey focuses on the key drivers influencing real estate decisions at law firms across the United States and explores topics which ultimately affect the business, financial and operational success of every competitive firm in the profession. Administered by Cushman […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – A custody fight over a young girl ended in a deal, but designation of a guardian in her parent’s will would have averted the entire crisis. Ever since the mother of a five-year-old girl was stabbed to death, a custody battle involving a renowned sports broadcaster and the family of his son’s late girlfriend has raged in the courts. Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy fought for guardianship of his granddaughter. Now, a deal appears to have been reached. He and his wife will have visitation rights, but the girl’s maternal […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2014 – Virginia Social Services has mandated that Dwayne Parson, 34, must pay back child support even though he is not the child’s biological father. Child support normally follows an equitable, straightforward formula. But simplicity is not always guaranteed. At least one Virginia man would make a strong case that belies an expectation for a cut-and-dried process as he begins to pay thousands of dollars in back payments for child support for a child he did not father. Parson, of Chesterfield, signed a birth certificate for a child he believed to be his […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 24, 2014 – Advocates are hailing a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Florida as an important step forward for gay rights in the state. A Florida woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner filed a lawsuit when the birth mother left the state with the child without informing the plaintiff after the couple ended their relationship. The two had planned to raise the child together. The state’s highest court ruled by a vote of 4-3 that the egg donor had parental rights, and it ordered a lower court to arrange […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – A recent survey shows parents who divorce may be largely unaware of the impact the split has on their children. Netmums.com, a parenting website based in the U.K., conducted a survey of 1,000 parents and 100 children who have gone through a divorce. The survey showed a wide gap between the number of kids who had trouble coping with the divorce or who blamed themselves and the number of parents who understood that their children had these feelings. Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker said the survey should serve as a wake-up […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2014 – A new bill in Virginia would institute a new, costlier child-support payment schedule. The new year could see a significant increase in Virginia’s child-support payment guidelines if a bill, introduced January 8 in the House of Delegates, becomes law. The measure has some policy advocates grousing that unmerited costs will be imposed upon non-custodial parents if it is enacted. The bill, HR 933, was crafted based on recommendations from the Child Support Guidelines Review Panel and would raise the basic child-support obligations of non-custodial parents. The amounts mandated by its new […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2014 – Legally married same-sex couples must file separate tax returns in Virginia. Virginia may be for lovers but, according to a recent decision by the Virginia Department of Taxation, “lovers” may not include same-sex, married couples — especially those attempting to file a joint tax return. The state’s non-recognition of same-sex marriage for the commonwealth’s tax purposes will remain in force, even though LGBT couples are now permitted to file joint federal tax returns. The Department of Taxation decision, which was announced on November 8, 2013, confers separate, parallel fiscal statuses for […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – A law extending foster care to young adults in Florida is getting pushback from the state’s “community-based care” (CBC) organizations. The law, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2014, extends eligibility for the benefits of foster care to age 21 for those who would otherwise age out of the system at 18. But the state’s 19 private CBC organizations that provide the foster services say the law creates costs they cannot afford. “This is an important law for foster children, who face steep challenges creating stable, secure lives for themselves […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2013 – Following criticism from the Pentagon, Florida will grant equal access to benefits for opposite-sex and same-sex spouses of Florida National Guard personnel. Following the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision invalidating part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Pentagon altered its policy to grant legally-married, same-sex couples the same spousal benefits available to opposite-sex couples. That new policy included National Guard forces of each state. But Florida and eight other states that do not recognize same-sex marriages refused to implement the policy. Tampa family law attorney Kristi McCart says […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2013 – Divorce law recently became an issue in the Virginia governor’s race. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, launched a television ad drawing attention to the fact that Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate, had supported a 2008 bill that would have placed restrictions on “no-fault” divorce in Virginia. Although the bill was not successful, the current back-and-forth between candidates on the issue has led to confusion. Prominent divorce attorney Lisa McDevitt clarifies the law on no-fault divorce in Virginia. “In the state of Virginia, a no-fault divorce is available to couples who […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – November 23, 2013 is National Adoption Day in the United States, and President Obama recently proclaimed November 2013 to be National Adoption Month. This year marks the 13th annual National Adoption Day, which is celebrated the Saturday before each Thanksgiving. The event is intended to raise awareness of the approximately 400,000 American children currently in foster care. According to the National Adoption Day Coalition, some 4,500 adoptions were finalized during the event in 2012, a figure they hope to match this year. “National Adoption Day is a terrific cause,” said Zephyrhills […]


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