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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – A Florida Senate committee advanced a bill to create a statewide domestic partner registry. Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases pertaining to gay marriage, the Senate panel approved legislation that would grant specific rights to domestic partnerships, including same-sex couples. “This is a step forward for same-sex couples and other unmarried domestic partners in Florida,” said Tampa family lawyer Joshua Law. “These individuals often have a difficult time pursuing legal arrangements that are automatically bestowed upon married couples.” The Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled a federal court must hear a father’s child custody claim. Jeffrey Chafin, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, found great solace in the Court’s 9-0 decision overturning the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that the case was beyond the legal reach of U.S. courts. Joshua Law, a Brandon divorce attorney who is not involved in the case, commented, “This is an unusual case to be argued before the Supreme Court, which only hears a tiny fraction of the cases appealed to it each year. Regardless […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – The “fiscal cliff” deal is a good deal for some families. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, also known as the “fiscal cliff” deal, is good news to families who plan to adopt a child or who have recently done so. The Act, signed into law by President Obama on January 1, 2013, makes permanent the existing adoption tax credit. Tampa family law attorney Joshua Law commented, “This is very welcome news for many American families. Too often, there are daunting expenses involved in adopting a child. This tax credit […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 22, 2013 – Divorce affects everyone differently. In this case, the woman spray painted a courthouse. “Divorce is a highly stressful event for everyone, particularly if there are kids involved,” pointed out Joshua Law, a Brandon divorce lawyer. “But even with the stress and tension being at an all time high, it is better to aim for an amicable divorce than a contentious one.” Consider the recent act of spray painting by an angry Florida woman in the middle of a divorce and custody battle. She took out her fury with a can of […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2012 – The Florida Supreme Court heard a child custody case arising between two lesbians, but the case may be remanded to a lower court. Attorneys on both sides of the case said it will probably not affect other couples. “Although this case is unusual, it illustrates that divorce and child custody matters have many potential complications,” said Brandon divorce attorney Joshua Law. The genetic mother was an egg donor for her partner, who carried the child and gave birth in 2004. Two years later, the two women separated, and a child custody […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2012 – A gathering put on by a group called Split Partners, which provides support for people going through divorce, recently highlighted strategies to help those struggling with the process. “Divorce, while never a completely pleasant process, doesn’t have to be a source of extreme stress and personal anguish,” said Brandon divorce lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. The emphasis society has placed on marriage, says the Split Partners founders, has led to great difficulty for some individuals following a divorce. Divorce can lead to a decline in personal income, as sharing living expenses and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2012 – Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) and Evelyn Lozada are no longer married. Lozada filed for divorce from Johnson some 40 days after their wedding ceremony, after Johnson was arrested for domestic battery outside their Miami home. Johnson was accused of head-butting Lozada during a dispute. “Allegations of domestic violence are always troubling,” said Brandon divorce lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. “And victims need to stand up for their rights.” One month after his arrest, Johnson had a plea agreement approved by a Broward domestic violence judge. The six-time Pro Bowl player pled no […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Some Florida activists say that the state’s alimony laws, which provide for permanent alimony in some cases, are “antiquated” and should be eliminated. Others have criticized this position, saying that ending permanent alimony would only protect “wealthy men who cheat on their wives.” However, there is a middle ground. “The fact is that Florida’s alimony laws did need to be changed, and the state legislature accomplished this with the help of Florida family law attorneys,” said O. Reginald Osenton, a Brandon divorce lawyer. “Alimony reform in the state of Florida is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2012 – Relationships are generally plagued with many challenges before the spouses start considering a divorce. Sometimes, separation makes the divorce process a little easier on both parties. Marching out of a series of arguments and marital battles into a divorce may lead to more trouble down the road. If the couple goes into a divorce with a battle mindset, the two are more likely to complicate the matter than if they have a cool down period. Brandon divorce lawyer, Reginald Osenton said, “A marriage dissolution can be stressful enough without getting involved […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2012 – A good health plan can prevent financial disaster, but when deductibles are higher than a patient can handle, insured individual may still require a bankruptcy. Americans look to insurance policies to be there when something unpredictable happens. Whether it’s an oak limb falling through the roof, an expensive car accident, or someone’s health, people assume that having coverage means they don’t have to worry. However, with rising health care costs and higher health insurance premiums, some people are raising deductibles to unsupportable levels. At some point, a deductible becomes so high […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2012 – A greater percentage of bankruptcies are filed as joint cases. Combining two incomes can often strengthen a household’s finances. Two earners can contribute more to savings and retirement planning. Unfortunately, a two-income household often becomes dependent on both partners, so when one loses a job, the household can suffer from underemployment. Couples are more likely to purchase large luxury items, such as vacation homes, and often choose to live in larger homes in safer neighborhoods. However, even with proper planning, an unexpected event in the family can lead a couple to […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2012 – Forensic accountant and author Mark Kohn recently released a book titled “How They Stash the Cash,” in which he outlines the many legal and illegal ways divorcing spouses maneuver money away from each other. “People definitely get greedy during a divorce and one of the ways that greed can manifest itself is for spouses to begin hiding money from each other,” said Brandon divorce lawyer Joshua Law of the Osenton Law Office. “For a spouse who is truly owed money during a divorce proceeding, sometimes an investigation is the only way […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – Most of the decisions that need to be made when a family puts together their wills are simple and straightforward. The money goes here. The house goes here. The farm gets sold. The jewelry gets split up, etc. The complicated decision when it comes time to put together a family will is who will take the young children if something happens to the parents. “Guardianship is often the trickiest part of drawing up a will,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “It is the part of the process that requires […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – Once a Florida divorce is final, there is a binding legal agreement that both parties must live up to. That binding contract may include alimony, child support and a parenting plan that includes time sharing agreements. Either party who refuses to abide by the agreement is likely to get dragged into court to explain why. That means payments have to be made on time both for alimony and for child support. It also means that both parents need to honor their time-sharing responsibilities and be respectful of the other co-parent’s time. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – People going through a divorce have an instinct to open up with their friends and express their emotions and feelings about what is going on in their life. Divorce can feel alienating and people will feel a natural inclination to seek out opinions from friends that might agree with them. This is when social media platforms like Facebook can be particularly dangerous during divorce proceedings. Speaking unkindly about a spouse on any social media can be brought up in court. “Before a divorce and even during a divorce, the most important […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 – A first of its kind divorce expo was held in New York City at the beginning of April with speakers and exhibitors ranging from stylists to counselors to lawyers. The expo was held over the course of two days at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion. The expo was called Start Over Smart: A Modern Divorce Expo. It included panel discussions, keynote speakers, socials and small group discussions, according to the expo’s website. “An expo is a great way to help people going through a divorce feel like they are not alone in […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2012 – To protect creditors from bankruptcy abuse, it is mandatory for people going into bankruptcy to go through credit counseling about six months before filing. The credit counseling has to be valid in the bankruptcy court, so it is important to research the requirements to make sure the counseling meets the criteria. “The bankruptcy petition will likely be thrown out if the credit counseling was not done correctly,” said Brandon bankruptcy attorney Reginald Osenton. “Make sure to use a pre-approved counseling agency, and get it done as soon in the process as […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Some of the most bitter custody battles can be entirely avoided with some careful estate planning. These battles are not about the children, the house or the pets – they are about the family farm. In many industries, a family business being handed down from one generation to the next is a seamless operation. The family farm can sometimes be more emotional. “If the elder generation has not done smart, careful estate planning, then the next generation will suffer,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “The last thing anybody wants […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2012 – Census data shows that while the U.S. divorce rate has dropped over the past 20 years, it is rising sharply among people 50 and older. In many cases the numbers reflect people who waited until their children were grown and out of the house before they made a decision that would be hard on them. In other cases, the numbers simply show that second and third marriages do not tend to last like first marriages do. In 1990, about 10 percent of the divorces in the United States were among people […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2012 – Laws that have the potential to dramatically change how alimony is awarded in Florida are working their way through the legislature in Tallahassee this season. The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear testimony at the end of January from members of Florida Alimony Reform. Proponents of alimony reform say the current laws are draconian and reflect a mid-20th century approach to divorce in a 21st century world. “The proposed changes to Florida’s alimony rules will certainly make a dramatic difference in how much money one spouse can expect from the […]


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