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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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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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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2013 – While not a requirement for divorce, Florida couples have two options available for legal separations. Unlike some other states, Floridians who wish to divorce are not required first to undergo legal separation. But some couples who feel divorce is in their future may wish to take an interim step. Separation does not have to be a formal legal matter, of course, but as Tampa divorce lawyer Kristi McCart explains, there are two options for those who wish to have a trial separation with rules in place. “The first option is a […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2013 – A slowly-improving national economy and rising home prices may be related to another trend: a climbing divorce rate. Unemployment continues its modest but steady decline, and home prices are rising nationwide at rates not seen since the mid-2000s. Meanwhile, divorces are climbing to pre-recession rates as well. Zephyrhills family law attorney Marcie Baker says that is probably not a coincidence. “Home prices have a lot to do with divorce rates,” Baker said. “Say a couple have a lot of equity in their home. Getting divorced often means selling the home, which […]


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Fairfax, VA (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2013 – Child support agreements should be very detailed, said a prominent Virginia divorce attorney. In order to obtain a divorce in Virginia, all issues between the parties must be resolved, and that is often done by agreement between the divorcing spouses. However, if the agreement is not detailed enough, then the parties may find themselves at odds later on, and this is particularly true when it comes to child support. “Divorcing spouses need to think about details such as who will pay for children’s extra-curricular activities, college costs, and medical costs, as […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2013 – Next year’s Florida legislative session will probably see another attempt to reform alimony. After a nearly-successful effort to enact alimony reform this year, advocacy groups and lawmakers are already gearing up for next year’s legislative session. And as Brandon family law attorney Kristi McCart explains, there is good reason to believe they may be successful next time. “This year’s attempt to reform alimony was not the first in Florida,” McCart said. “It probably will not be the last. That effort came closer to succeeding than any previous bill. Governor Scott seemed […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2013 – Legislation intended to lower barriers to adoption by same-sex couples was recently reintroduced in the U.S. Congress. Many states have some kind of restriction or outright ban on adoption by same-sex couples. Under the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDFA), federal funds could be cut off from foster and adoption agencies that discriminate in that way. “Supporters of the law say children are better off in a permanent home, whether with same-sex or opposite-sex parents, than they are as wards of the state,” commented Brandon family lawyer Joshua Law. “This […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2013 – A new study shows that arguments over money are the number one predictor of divorce. That may seem obvious, but researchers said theirs may be the first scientific study demonstrating that nothing indicates risk of divorce better than conflict over finances. Arguments about children, sex, or other issues pale in comparison, and the results hold true even for wealthy couples. “Finances are often at the top of the list of reasons why a couple might feel their marriage isn’t working,” commented Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker. “It’s useful when scientific research […]


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Jacksonville, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2013 – For people age 50 and older, the divorce rate has doubled in the past 20 years, according to a new study. Researchers at Bowling Green State University released the study, “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” which used data from the U.S. Census. The study found that in 1990, one in 10 recently-divorced people was age 50 or older, and by 2010, that number had reached one in four. In 2010, over 600,000 people age 50 and older got a divorce. Richard D. Zasada, a family law attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, said that […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2013 – Divorce among those over 50, or “gray divorce,” is on the rise, according to both an academic study and an informal poll. Researchers at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Ohio recently released a study entitled “The Gray Divorce Revolution,” which tracked the gray divorce rate from 1990 to 2009. And the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) polled its members on whether they have seen an increase in gray divorce cases. “As a family law attorney in Florida, where seniors make up a large portion of our population, I see […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 4, 2013 – Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have reformed Florida’s alimony laws and ended permanent alimony. In a letter to lawmakers, Scott said he could not support the bill because it allowed judges greater leeway to alter existing permanent alimony judgments, which he said could cause “unfair, unanticipated results.” However, he praised the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Ritch Workman and Sen. Kelli Stargel, for their efforts and said the bill contains “several forward-looking elements.” “Lawmakers and private citizens have tried for years to reform Florida’s alimony laws,” said Zephyrhills divorce attorney […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2013 – The Florida Legislature passed a bill extending the cutoff for state foster care to the age of 21. The bill, named the “Nancy C. Detert Common Sense and Compassion Independent Living Act,” after its sponsor in the Florida Senate, gives young adults who are wards of the state the option to remain in the foster care system for an additional three years beyond the current cutoff age of 18 years. “Young adults who grew up as foster children are a vulnerable segment of Florida’s population,” said Tampa family law attorney Joshua […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2013 – Florida’s foster parents just gained a bit more leeway in making decisions on how to care for foster children. That is thanks to a recent change in the law scheduled to go into effect July 1. The so-called “Normalcy Bill,” one of the first to be signed by Gov. Rick Scott in this year’s legislative session, gives foster parents discretion over a number of activities that until now, required court orders, such as obtaining driver’s licenses, going on school trips, and even traveling to neighboring counties on day trips with foster […]


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