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Know your options in family law court

No one in Florida looks forward to a family law court proceeding, but these can be some of the most important events in a person's life. From divorce and child support to paternity actions and child custody disputes, the decisions that are made in these proceedings can have a profound impact on a Florida resident's life.

That is why, no matter what type of issue you are facing, it is important to fully understand your options in family law court. For instance, a divorce can be a type of overarching proceeding that includes several subsets of issues, such as property division, child custody and child support. However, each of these issues is also interlinked as well. A person may make some concessions when it comes to property division to achieve the desired outcome when it comes to child support, for example.

What are the penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida?

Drunk driving is one of the most common criminal charges people face in Florida and throughout the country. Despite public awareness campaigns to alert people of the dangers of drunk driving, thousands of people in Florida are charged with this crime each year. And, the penalties that these individuals face upon conviction can be difficult to overcome.

So, what are the penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida? Well, it depends on the level of the crime that a person is charged with. For instance, the more "priors" that a person has, the higher the potential penalties can be. Or, the higher a person's blood alcohol content is alleged to be, the higher the potential penalties as well.

Boyfriend arrested after death of missing Florida park ranger

There are many people in Florida who may, rather suddenly, find themselves in need of a defense to criminal charges. Such is the case for a man who was taken into custody in Hamilton County recently, and the charges he might be facing are some of the worst anyone could face.

According to the reports, the boyfriend of a Florida park ranger was taken into custody as a "person of interest" in a case in which the park ranger was missing, and then found dead in Georgia. Although there has been no official report of the case being investigated as a homicide, law enforcement officials have announced that the circumstances of the park ranger's death are "suspicious." The park ranger's boyfriend is currently being held in police custody due to reported outstanding warrants from neighboring Georgia.

The timeline of events in a divorce case

Married couples who are thinking of divorcing usually go through months or even years of tension, arguments and general unhappiness with each other. For some, with each passing day, the relationship gets worse and the couple comes to realize that divorce is the best option to a bad situation. Once that decision has been made, there is a timeline of events that occur in a divorce case.

First, a decision will need to be made to determine whether the couple meets the legal requirements to file for a divorce. Each state has its own requirements, and Florida is no exception. Understanding the legal requirements before attempting to file for divorce is crucial.

A judge may order you to have an ignition interlock device

If you are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, you are looking at the possibility of fines, license suspension and even jail time.

License suspension may be your immediate concern. How are you going to get to work and back? The solution may be a court-ordered ignition interlock device.

The right approach to estate planning and probate

Most people in Florida know that they need to have an estate plan in place. However, for a variety of reasons, some individuals put off this highly important task. Some people may believe that they have insufficient assets to warrant an estate plan. Others may believe that there are simply too many options to consider to come to a decision. And, still others are just plain procrastinating. But, with the right approach, the issues of estate planning and probate can be handled efficiently and effectively.

So, what is the right approach to estate planning and probate? Well, for starters, it is important to take stock of your assets, consider who your heirs and beneficiaries will be and then decide how you would like to see your assets distributed to those individuals. The right estate planning solution can be different for every person. Maybe a trust would be right for one individual, while a simple will is all that is needed for another.

Can a trust help you avoid probate?

For many Florida residents, estate planning can be a challenge. For starters, many people are simply unfamiliar with many of the estate planning options available to them, while others put off the task until later, whenever that is. However, for those who realize the importance of crafting a comprehensive estate plan, there are likely to be many questions. One question will likely pertain to the utility of a trust as part of an estate plan - can a trust help you avoid probate?

In short, the answer is yes. However, as with all legal questions, there is usually more to it than a simple, direct answer. In establishing a trust, a person will set aside property or funds and appoint a trustee - the person or entity who will oversee the terms of the trust. In many cases, the trust will be established for the benefit of someone other than the person who creates the trust. Thus, the trustee plays a crucial role in determining how best to implement the terms of the trust.

Know how to deal with drunk driving charges

For someone who gets pulled over by police officers in Florida on suspicion of drunk driving, it may be their first encounter with law enforcement in which they are a suspect of a crime. Such a situation can obviously be nerve-racking, and it can make people act different than they normally would. Police officers in these situations are looking for signs of intoxication, so "odd" behavior may make them think that intoxication is playing a role in the way a suspect acts. But, what if you weren't intoxicated, and you still failed the field sobriety tests?

In these types of situations, it can be important to understand the options for approaching drunk driving charges. Many of these cases depend on the police officer's interpretation of the result of a field sobriety test, or even a breathalyzer test. However, our readers should know that these tests are not infallible. They can be challenged.

Will divorce jeopardize savings for your kid's college education?

Couples in Florida who decide to pursue a divorce will likely have many different concerns on their minds. And, the primary concerns might be different for each individual. However, for those couples who have children and who are going through the divorce process, the kids are usually the ultimate issue. But, beyond child custody and child support, which are obviously huge issues for parents to address, there are other concerns when it comes to the children as well. For instance, will the divorce have a significant impact on the college savings you have set aside for your children?

As a recent article noted, a divorce will likely impact those funds, but parents can work together to see that the savings are addressed in an appropriate manner. For instance, many people who put money aside for their children's college education will have a separate account for those funds. In the divorce process, both parents may see the wisdom in keeping those funds separate from the assets that will be divided in the legal process.

Modifying child custody in Florida

When a couple divorces with minor children, the parenting plan forms an important part of the final divorce order. Parents may agree on a plan and submit to the court for approval, or litigate this issue before a judge, who will then come up with an arrangement he or she deem in the best interests of the child.

However, children grow and life changes happen. What may have been in the best interest of the child at the time of the divorce may no longer work so well. When this happens, you may need to seek a modification of the parenting plan.

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