VIDEO – What is an uncontested divorce?

This is a question I get all the time from clients.  Quite frequently, when meeting with a prospective client, the client will tell me their divorce is going to be uncontested.  In all the divorce cases I have handles, I have only had one truly uncontested divorce at the time of filing.  Most times, unless the couple has only been married a few months, has no assets, no debts, and no children, there will some form of Read More

What is a Simplified Divorce?

What is a Simplified Divorce? In Florida, 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. 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 Dissolution of Read More

The Domestic Violence Problem in the NFL

I know from my experience as a police officer arresting subjects for domestic violence, as an attorney defending people accused of domestic violence, and representing victims of domestic violence, that domestic violence crosses all social and economic boundaries. Domestic violence is widespread throughout our society, and it affects people in all walks of life. It does not always get reported in the news, but it Read More

Video – How long will my divorce take to complete?

I get this question all the time, from every client and prospective client alike.  In this video, I answer that often asked question. Read More

FATAL TRAFFIC CRASHES – PART 2

Last Sunday morning, Denise Marsh was riding her bicycle with friends when she was struck and killed by a car. This case illustrates several points I made in a previous article involving a fatal police car crash, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/fatal-police-traffic-crashes-patrick-mcgeehan/ Don’t think it can happen to you?  Look at the two people involved in this crash, a 53-year-old mother of two riding her Read More

FATAL POLICE TRAFFIC CRASHES – DEATH IS DIFFERENT

"A post-collision inspection of Officer Song's police car revealed that the headlight switch was in the 'off' position, indicating that Officer Song likely did not have his headlights on while he was driving on the dark roads," the news release stated. "Mr. Vizcaino had no chance to avoid the collision with the officer." As an expert in accident reconstruction, this statement, cited in the State Attorney's news Read More

How Law Enforcement CIT Training Is Saving Lives

Many of my family law and criminal cases involve parties with various mental-health issues that complicate the resolution of their legal matters. Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a week-long law enforcement Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training class in Miami-Dade County. CIT training provides law enforcement officers with the tools they need to deal with subjects suffering from mental disorders Read More

I Carry a Gun Every Day

Thirty-one years ago, at the ripe age of twenty, I was given a modest amount of training, a revolver, eighteen bullets and put on the streets of Miami-Dade County to enforce the law. I was given the authority by the government to deprive my fellow citizens of their liberty, at least temporarily, and sanctioned to use deadly force against them. I swore an oath to uphold the law and defend the Constitution. But more Read More

How a DUI Conviction Can Impact Your Future

DUI, or driving under the influence, kills thousands of people in the United States every year. Florida’s share of these casualties is considerable: according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there were 8,476 DUI-related fatalities in the state between 2003 and 2012. Strong public backlash against those accused of drinking and driving has resulted in the passage of harsher state laws that can Read More

5 Situations Where You May Need to Modify Your Child Support Arrangement

Child support is meant to help both parents take care of their children following a divorce. Child support laws vary from state to state. In Florida there is a statutory table that determines child support amounts to be paid by each parent based upon their net income. These amounts are the baseline child support amounts.  Whether you are paying child support or receiving child support, you should be aware that child Read More