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The Child-Friendly Divorce - June 4, 2022

You may be thinking, “The Child-Friendly Divorce? This is an oxymoron and just is not possible.” While there are many different aspects that need to be addressed during a divorce (i.e. child support, equitable distribution, alimony, retirement accounts, etc.) the most important aspect to any parent is their child(ren). Here at Pickett Law Firm we understand that first and foremost you are a parent who wants the best for your children.
We are honored to guide our clients through their family law matters and we take our role very seriously. We also understand that the time our client spends with us through their trying times is but a snapshot of their life. Once the case is resolved and our client begins to move forward they must then begin down the road of co-parenting. It is our hope that we can assist our client in learning how to co-parent with their former spouse so that once we are out of the picture we will have left a positive impact.

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What happens after a divorce proceeding is filed? - May 25, 2022

Once an action for dissolution (divorce) is filed a Standing Family Law Court Order is issued. The party filing the action will receive the document upon filing and the responding party will receive the document when he or she is personally served. So what does the Standing Family Court Order mean to you?

In divorce proceedings:

  • Neither party can permanently remove the minor child(ren) from the State of Florida
  • No property can be sold, transferred, encumbered, concealed, assigned, or disposed of without either the written consent of the other party or order of the court.
  • No unreasonable debts can be incurred by either party.
  • Life insurance beneficiaries cannot be changed.


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Effective October 1, 2008 the State of Florida revamped their terminology as it relates to the care of children. Specifically, what was previously referred to as ‘custody’ and ‘visitation’ is now known as ‘timesharing’. In times past, one parent was known as the ‘primary residential parent’ and the other parent was the ‘secondary parent’ however, as of 2008, these labels have been eliminated. The key terms now in Florida Statute 61.13 are ‘parental responsibility’ and ‘timesharing’. The simple explanation is that parental responsibility is the decision-making aspect whereas timesharing is the schedule of when the child(ren) will spend their time between the Mother and Father.