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Modification of Final Judgment

Is your family law case in need of a Modification of Final Judgment? When the Court finalizes your divorce, paternity, or child support case, there is a Final Judgment entered. The Final Judgment is a Court Order for the people involved in the case in regards to children, financial and other issues. Let's face it, we are all real people with real lives to live. Sometimes what we thought would...

When does child support end in Florida?

I get this question in every dissolution of marriage with children or paternity case I handle. There are four answers to the question of "When does child support end in Florida?" When the child turns eighteen;When the child turns nineteen;Sometime after the child turns eighteen; orNever. Clear as mud, huh? That is because lawyers wrote the law! Child support ends when a child turns eighteen...

Stand Your Ground Applies to Police Officers.

Last week, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Stand Your Ground applies to police officers. Before this decision, a police officer charged in a police shooting could only claim self-defense. How are police shootings investigated? In South Florida, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates most police shootings. However, a police department does have the authority to investigate their...

Florida Stand Your Ground Law.

Florida Stand Your Ground Law: Maybe standing your ground is not always a good idea? Florida has a solid Stand Your Ground Law that ensures your right to self-defense. To stand your ground means you do not have to retreat from a threat. Deadly force is justified when confronted with imminent death, great bodily harm, or to prevent a forcible felony. To take advantage of the law, you must have a...

What Are A Father’s Rights When Paternity Has Not Been Established?

A father's rights depend upon whether he is the legal father, the biological father, or both. For example, you and your girlfriend have a baby,  you are living together, and everything is fine for a while.  Then something changes, the relationship goes south.  Maybe you split up, and now you are having problems seeing your child, the most common scenario I see.  In my practice, I have...

What is an uncontested divorce? A video explanation.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?  In my practice, I get this question all the time.  It is almost never accurate.  A common occurrence is confusion between an Uncontested and a Simple Divorce.  See my blog post on Simple Divorce, "Simplified Divorce Explained." Please see our YouTube channel, "Your South Florida Lawyer, Patrick J. McGeehan," for more videos explaining legal concepts in easy to...

Simplified Divorce Explained?

In Florida, for example, we have a streamed lined process called a Simplified Divorce. A Simplified Divorce is much faster than the usual divorce process, which can take months. For example, if your marriage is short and there are no assets, and you meet the requirements for a Simplified Divorce, this might be for you. So what are the requirements for a simplified divorce? 1. The Petition for...

The NFL and Domestic Violence

  The NFL and domestic violence make strange but understandable bedfellows.  I know from my experience as a police officer and an attorney that domestic violence crosses all social and economic boundaries.  I have arrested, represented and defended people accused of domestic violence and who were victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence is everywhere throughout our society....

FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS – PART 2

Last Sunday morning, Denise Marsh was riding her bicycle with friends when she was involved in a fatal accident, reports local10.com. This case illustrates several points I made in a previous article involving a fatal police car crash. Don’t think a fatal accident can happen to you? Look at the two people involved in this fatal accident, a 53-year-old mother of two riding her bicycle and a...
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