Florida Dissolution of Marriage

This publication details the dissolution process from interview through temporary relief and discovery to final judgment. Key areas covered include parental responsibility, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, and attorneys' fees. The publication includes forms and checklists.
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This publication details the dissolution process from interview through temporary relief and discovery to final judgment. Key areas covered include parental responsibility, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, and attorneys' fees. The publication includes forms and checklists.

Florida Dissolution of Marriage, 13th Edition, highlights:

  • Discussion and analysis of the new Collaborative Law Process Act, F.S. 61.55 et seq.
  • Florida Supreme Court’s adoption of the creation of “stand-alone” Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, which now govern family law proceedings. In re: Amendments to Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, 214 So.3d 400 (Fla. 2017).
  • Discussion and analysis of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584, 192 L.Ed.2d 609 (2015) that the U.S. Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry, regardless of where they live, and that states may not reserve that right for only heterosexual couples.
    • Same-sex couples’ entitlement to dissolution of marriage. Brandon-Thomas v. Brandon-Thomas,163 So.3d 644 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015), Brenner v. Scott, 999 F.Supp.2d 1278 (N.D. Fla. 2014).
    • Viability and constitutionality of F.S. 61.043(1)’s requirement of using “husband” and “wife” in the caption in the context of same-sex marriage dissolution procedures. Brandon-Thomas v. Brandon-Thomas,163 So.3d 644 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015), Brenner v. Scott, 999 F.Supp.2d 1278 (N.D. Fla. 2014).
    • Reproductive technology and parental rights of same-sex couples. D.M.T. v. T.M.H., 129 So.3d 320 (Fla. 2013).
  • Viability of the general rule that partition is available as a matter of right pursuant to the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in Condrey v. Condrey,92 So.2d 423 (Fla. 1957).
  • Florida Supreme Court’s adoption of Fla.Fam.L.R.P. 12.003(a), under which all related family cases must be handled before one judge unless impractical. See In re Amendments to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, 132 So.3d 1114 (Fla. 2014).
  • Florida Legislature’s amendment of F.S. 61.13(2)(b) regarding shared parental responsibility over health care decisions.
  • Discussion of the implications of the Florida Supreme Court’s rejection of F.S. 90.702 to the extent that it is procedural and discovery in dissolution of marriage actions. See In re: Amendments to Florida Evidence Code, 210 So.3d 1231 (Fla. 2017).
  • United States Supreme Court’s abrogation of Abernethy v. Fishkin, 699 So.2d 235 (Fla. 1997). Howell v. Howell, 137 S.Ct. 1400 (2017) (states are prohibited from increasing, pro rata, amount divorced spouse received each month from veteran’s retirement pay to reimburse or indemnify divorced spouse to restore that portion of retirement pay lost due to postdivorce waiver).
  • Florida Legislature’s enactment of F.S. 61.13(9), restricting time-sharing when a parent is a resident of a “recovery residence.”
  • Florida Supreme Court’s decision in Hooker v. Hooker, 220 So.3d 397 (Fla. 2017) regarding the appropriate standard of review on appeal for reviewing whether a trial court was correct in determining whether donative intent existed to render an asset an interspousal gift and part of the marital estate.
  • Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, Pub.L.No. 114-113, §101(a), 129 Stat. 2242 (2016).

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS


Chapter 1  Ethical Considerations In Family Law


John C. Lenderman


Chapter 2  Grounds For Dissolution And Effect Of Fault

Daniel E. Forrest


Chapter 3  Jurisdiction, Venue, And Service Of Process

Dolly Hernandez


Chapter 4  Jurisdiction In Child Custody Cases

Anna F. Foster


Chapter 5  Pleadings

Luis E. Insignares


Chapter 6  Temporary Relief

Gary S. Dolgin


Chapter 7  Discovery

Susan W. Savard


Chapter 8  Mediation

Juliette E. Lippman


Chapter 9  Settlement And Trial

Gary E. Shader, Jenny Kim Sullivan, and Joshua Bachman


Chapter 10  Final Judgment

Brian Kruger


Chapter 11  Parenting Plans, Parental Responsibility, And Time-Sharing

Brian Karpf and Maxwell Dauerman


Chapter 12  Child Support

Rana Holz


Chapter 13  Alimony

Stann W. Givens and Damien L. McKinney


Chapter 14  Equitable Distribution

Katherine O. Birnbaum


Chapter 15  Partition

Robert M. Schwartz


Chapter 16  Attorneys' Fees, Suit Money, And Costs

James P. Judkins and Thomas J. Schulte, Jr


Chapter 17  Annulment

Mary Ellen Murphy Borja


Chapter 18  Support Unconnected With Dissolution Of Marriage

L. R. Shinohara


Chapter 19  Proceedings Before Magistrates And Support Enforcement Hearing Officers

Susan W. Savard


Chapter 20  Dissolution Of Marriage And Public Benefits

Cindy Huddleston


Chapter 21  Representing Battered Spouses

M. Kimberly Martyn


Chapter 22  Collaborative Family Law

Rosemarie S. Roth, Edward S. Sachs, and Lana M. Stern


Chapter 23  Tax Consequences Of Dissolution, Separation, And Property Settlements

Jennifer E. Murphy and Matthew Lundy


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