Florida Statute 61.13(2)(c)(1) provides that it is the public policy of the State of Florida that children under the age of 18 have “frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage of the parties is dissolved …” Section 61. 13(2)(c)(1) further provides that Florida has abolished the “presumption for

Florida Statute § 61.13(2)(b) governs the contents of a parenting plan following a divorce proceeding. Under chapter 61, parties to a divorce are required to submit a parenting plan in all cases involving time sharing of minor children. Parties are required to submit a parenting plan even when the time-sharing arrangements for children are not

In order for a court to make an equitable distribution of marital assets, Fla. Stat. § 61.075(3) requires the court to make specific factual findings. See Segall v. Segall, 708 So. 2d 983, 985 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998). Section 61.075(3) mandates written findings as to the following:

(a) Clear identification of nonmarital assets and

In a Florida divorce proceeding, the trial court has broad discretion “to do equity between the parties.” Acker v. Acker, 904 So. 2d 384, 388 (Fla. 2005). To “do equity” means to do what the court determines is fair and reasonable under the circumstances. To achieve this goal, the trial court has at its

When a Florida court considers whether to grant temporary alimony, it balances the needs of the requesting spouse against the other spouse’s ability to pay. Fonderson v. Lairap, 98 So. 3d 715, 717 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012), citing de Gutierrez v. Gutierrrez, 19 So.3d 1110 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009). In weighing the needs

Florida Statute § 61.14(1)(a) authorizes a court to modify alimony “when the circumstances or the financial ability of either party changes …” See King v. King, 82 So. 3d 1124, 1129 (Fla. 2d 2012). Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal recently addressed the issue of modification of alimony in Murphy v. Murphy, No.

One of the objectives in a divorce proceeding is to distribute marital assets. Florida Statute § 61.075 titled “Equitable Distribution of Marital Assets and Liabilities” lists factors the trial court must consider when distributing marital assets. Section 61.075(1) provides in part:

[I]n distributing the marital assets and liabilities between the parties, the court must begin

A recent decision by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal addresses whether the goodwill of a business constitutes a marital asset. See Schmidt v. Schmidt, No. 4D11-3379 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013). It is important to understand whether goodwill is a marital asset. If the court finds it is a marital asset, the court can