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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Q: Do we need to live separately before filing for divorce in Florida
Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Aug 14, 2022

No. Florida does not require a separation period before filing for divorce.

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Q: How much does a divorce cost, including division of a home that is paid for? Does any lawyers accept payment plans?
Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Aug 14, 2022

The cheapest route is if you and your spouse are in agreement with all the terms and can file an uncontested divorce. If you cannot come to an agreement on all the terms a contested divorce will need to be filed which is alot longer and more expensive. As for the cost, you would need to reach out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I'm looking for an affordable lawyer. My ex and I have split and I need a divorce. Custody will most likely be an issue.

We have 3 children ( 11, 9 & 4), and he has a daughter (17y) from a previous marriage. There has been a history of verbal abuse and allegations of him propositioning the 17 year old daughter. It was investigated by dcf and no charges filed, but I do have a video recording of him admitting to... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Jul 23, 2022

Contact our office to discuss our payment options.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Q: How do I get a divorce when I live in Florida, and my spouse is incarcerated in an Oklahoma prison.

All 3 of our children are 18 and older. We have no property or any type of assets that need to be split. I have not had any contact with this man in 6-7 years and I just don't want to have anything else more to do with him. He has also cheated on me during our marriage and supposedly had 2... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Jun 21, 2022

So long has you have been residing in Florida for 6 months or more you can move forward with filing for the divorce in Florida. You would need to have a process server or the sheriffs department in Oklahoma serve your husband in prison. Note that because your husband has been out of the state of... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: I am going through a nasty divorce and my soon to be ex wife has been threatening to share intimate information

She is sharing info about my sexual secrets to ruin my image and career

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Jun 12, 2022

If your divorce is already pending we would recommend filing an emergency motion to enjoin her from disclosing the information to third parties.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Rand Scott Lieber the answer to your question

He has primary custody per our divorce papers as the judge said we got a divorce in 2018 and that’s what it was decided then but Now ge wants full custody because he wants to take kids to another state. Yesterday he told me I was not allowed to pick them up because his lawyer advices him not too... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Jun 8, 2022

Until there is a court order stating otherwise, the parenting plan ordered by the court would still be in effect. If you are being denied timesharing you should file a motion for contempt and enforcement. As a remedy for the contempt you can seek make up timesharing and your attorney fees for... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Im currently in a custody battle with my ex spouse he has primary custody of my 2 kids. Nothing has been granted yet by

The battle we have now is he wanting full custody instead of split because he wants to take the kids away from our divorce papers when we got a divorce are set to me having visitation rights every other weekend by court. my sons birthday is coming up and I got in contact with my kids father he told... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Jun 8, 2022

The parenting plan adopted by the court in your divorce is a court order and should be followed unless and until the court enters an order stating otherwise. The opposing party does not have the power to deny you contact with your kids. If you are being denied contact you should look into filing a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I get lawyer support per hour without a large down payment in Brower Florida?

I started my divorce and was asked a down payment of 5000 usd, the money dissapeare very quickly and now I am on my own with imited resorces to continue. I was wonderig if I could have only one or two hour meetings for legal advice and then I do all the procedures and paper work but just to... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on May 3, 2022

Good morning.

You may find an attorney out there can may be able to assist you, but we do not take on issue piece meal like that. We would need to be retained for the case.

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Q: Can husband get equity gained during marriage on a home purchased prior to marriage ?
Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Apr 27, 2022

Yes, you husband could have a marital interest in a home purchased prior to the marriage. How much depends on whether marital funds were used to make the mortgage payments, whether there were any improvements made on the home during the marriage which caused appreciation, and whether the value of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Hi, I had an attorney for my divorce for over a year so we've made quite a bit of progress. Here's where we are:

The Parental Plan and Marital Settlement were drafted and sent to my spouse's attorney, then we attended our mediation in Feb., 2022.

During this mediation, there were several changes made to the 2 documents, but we ran out of time and didn't get them signed. The main point of... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Apr 26, 2022

First you must make sure that at least one of you have plead for partition which is what allows the court to sell the home at auction if you and your husband cannot agree on what to do with the home. Second, you need to have the home appraised by a reputable appraiser that has experience testifying... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Q: If I file for divorce in Florida, will that be made public the date that I filed

Will I be able to view it online

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Apr 20, 2022

In most counties, as soon as you file the case anyone can access the docket online which shows only the title of what was filed and not the actual document. But, there are some counties where you can access the records online almost immediately after they are filed. In addition, most courthouses... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Florida on
Q: My soon to be husband is trying to take full custody of the the kids I had told him I was gonna hurt myself out of spit

I will never do something like that to hurt my boys they are my world I had said it to hurt him he tried to have me backer acted but since I’m not suicidal they let me go in less than 20 hours he is putting the boys through too much and I can’t have him put them through more he had a 10 year... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Apr 3, 2022

Being you made those comments, your mental health will most likely be called into question. Any issues raised by your husband can be dispelled with a mental health evaluation if needed. Understand also that if you do not have a history of mental health issues, when people are breaking up sometimes... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Hi, I'd like to confirm something before taking further action: If my spouse and I are in front of a judge because we

...can't agree on the value of our jointly-owned home (the goal is to calculate the current equity, split that in half and he'll buy me out and stay in the home), will a judge lean more toward a Realtor analysis value or an Appraiser value? Also, in what instances would a judge require a... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 25, 2022

Normally, if there is a marital home that is titled jointly, the court would need one of you to plead for what is called partition. This allows the court, in the event the parties cannot agree to list the home for sale, to sell the home at auction. It normally does not get that far because most... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is there anything I can do to stop my husband from threatening to ruin my life by not paying the loans under my name?

I find myself in a situation with my husband who becomes unstable whenever he consumes excessive amounts of alcohol. This has not been the first instance. As the behavior escalates, it becomes more unbearable. In addition to verbally abusing me, he also harassed my family online. Our marriage has... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 14, 2022

In order to do something regarding the debts you would need to file for divorce. When you file for divorce, generally all assets and debts acquired during the marriage are considered marital and will usually be divided equally between you and your husband. As for the abuse, if it rises to a level... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: How do I terminate permanent guardianship? Child is uncontrollable because birth mother is encouraging bad behavior! Etc

He’s bullying 93 yr old in home causing my 5yr old grandson I’ve adopted to break down. He’s refusing to do schoolwork stealing taking off etc. I’ve called many agencies only to get one offering referral for counseling. This child needs a one on one situation that I can’t provide. I’m... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 14, 2022

You would need to file a motion to terminate the guardianship. I would highly recommend that you contact an attorney to assist you if this is what you want to do. If you can, it would be best if you could find someone else to take over the guardianship of the child and that way you can file a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My wife suspects me of cheating & hits me multiple times in the face, withdraws 15k & accuses me of abuse. What’s next?

I have pictures of the bruises on my face of that day. I did not call the police, and I did not want to charge her. But she is telling the police I hit her when I merely grabbed her hand to stop hitting me. I later found out she withdrawn money from my account. All of this happened when I told her... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 13, 2022

You did not mention what the hearing was about so I cannot give you insight on that. I do recommend that you file for divorce as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is father responsible for paying mothers rent if parents are unwed?

Mother of child refusing to move out of house because she cannot afford rent where father pays for all of child’s needs and the mother threatens to take child away. Is the father actually responsible for paying her rent or can he kick her out without being responsible for paying for her rent?

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 13, 2022

To completely answer your question we would need to know if she is on the lease. If she is on the lease she has a right to be in the home just as you do. In fact, even if she is not on the lease she still has a right to be there. Usually you would need to undergo having her evicted whether or not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Speeding ticket I received didn't state my speed & has errors describing vehicle color and make. Can ticket be dismissed

I received a ticket for speeding. The officer said that he would cut me a break for 5 over and 0 points. I noticed that my vehicle make was spelled incorrectly, it does not mention what model car, and color described was incorrect. The speed I was traveling was also not listed on the ticket, all it... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 13, 2022

You may want to the ticket. If the officer does not show up or cant remember what speed you were going the ticket could be dismissed. Even if the ticket cannot be dismissed, usually the ticket can be resolved at the hearing with a good attorney. I would recommend contacting an attorney in your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: I have Proof of Claim paperwork from a former job filing Chapter 11, but I don't know if I am a creditor.

I worked for the job 3/20 to 3/21. I have consulted other law services and been told that I should be a creditor if I have received such paperwork. They directed me to this site for more help. I've submitted a request for a list of creditors so that I can be sure I have a right to file a... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 13, 2022

If you are owed money by the company for wages etc your are a creditor. You should gather any evidence you have of the money that you are owed and file a proof of claim and attach the evidence to the proof of claim. If you need help you can retain an attorney, but make sure you monitor the court... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Florida on
Q: Did my lawyer have conflict of interest against my x who stated in court that they have been good friends last 10 yrs?

We went to court twice. My lawyer called my x into the hall to talk before he even acknowledged me both times. Permanent DVI hearing, my lawyer has nothing of mine to present to the judge. No pics of all the bruises, no police rpts, nothing. My Permanent DVI was denied. CPS requested emergency... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Mar 13, 2022

The Florida Bar has an ethics hotline that you can contact anonymously and ask if there was a conflict of interest. Just google Florida Bar Ethics Hotline and you should be able to find it.

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