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Blog Posts in April, 2010

  • According to a recent Miami Herald.com article, an appeals court in Texas will hear arguments on whether a same-sex couple who were married in Massachusetts can get a divorce in a Texas family law court. The State of Texas is appealing the lower ...
  • According to a recent TBO.com article, the economic climate is affecting divorce rates. The number of divorces filed in March in the family law divisions at the Hillsborough County court in Tampa were higher than any other month since March 2006. A ...
  • According to a recent Huffington Post.com article , children are more adversely affected by family discord than divorce . Children are more harmed by the fighting that occurs in a contested divorce over child custody and child support than when ...
  • According to an AssociatedPress.com article, rapper Nas faced a contempt charge for breaking the child support and alimony terms of his divorce settlement with ex-wife, singer Kelis. According to the terms of their family law settlement, Nas is ...
  • According to a People.com article, CNN's host Larry King filed for his eighth divorce yesterday. His wife, Shawn Southwick King filed a counter petition for divorce shortly thereafter. The couple, who have been married for thirteen years, has two ...
  • Tiger Woods Divorce?

    Rumors of Tiger Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, filing for divorce have been rampant since Wood's infidelities were exposed in November of 2009. According to a recent People.com article, sources close to the pair say the couple is working out the final ...
  • Sandra Bullock Has a Great Prenup

    According to a recent Denver Post.com article , Sandra Bullock's husband, Jesse James will get no money if the parties divorce due to his infidelity. If true, that is one great family law prenuptial agreement for Ms. Bullock, whose net worth was ...
  • According to a recent KSWT.com report, the Arizona House will vote today on a bill that aims to strengthen the commitment of marriage. Presently, parties in a divorce case in Arizona must wait a sixty day period before any court action takes place. ...
  • Thinking of airing your dirty laundry over Facebook or Twitter? Think again. A recent Times of India article set out how courts in India have begun to accept tweets and status updates as evidence in family law court. The new clause is Indian law is ...
  • Dawson Gets a Divorce

    According to a recent EOnline.com report, James Van Der Beek, star of the former hit show Dawson's Creek , has come to an agreement on the terms of divorce with his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Heather McComb. The couple split amicably and were able to ...
  • Same Sex Divorce in Texas

    A recent Houston Chronicle article outlines the first same sex divorce in Texas. Texas law does not allow same sex marriages. The two women had been married in Massachusetts in 2004. It will be interesting to see how same sex divorces affect the ...

Case Results

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which a child was nearly removed from her mother’s custody and given to the child’s alleged father, although the father had not yet established paternity. Candela filed a written response on behalf of her client (the mother) alleging fraud by the father and had the pick-up order set aside before custody was transferred to the father. The practical result was to allow the mother and child stay in their home state (not Florida) pending the resolution of the case. The Court agreed and granted Candela’s client custody.

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client filed a Petition to Establish Paternity, and the mother was served. After being served, the mother fled the state with the child. Candela filed an Emergency Motion for the immediate return of the child, and at that hearing, which was granted on an emergency basis, the mother was forced to turn the child over to the father, giving the father sole custody of the child pending the ultimate resolution of the case.

  • Family Law Case - Relocation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client (the father) accused his child’s mother of relocating the child out of state without the consent of the child’s father. Candela was able to obtain a court order to return the child to the state of Florida and to remain in her client’s care while establishing permanent custody and timesharing plans. After Candela’s successful litigation of the case, the Court ruled that the mother’s Petition for Relocation was denied, and that the child shall live primarily with Candela’s client in Florida, with summer and school break schedules allotted to the mother.

  • Family Law Case - Timesharing Violation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client was accused of violating a timesharing schedule agreed upon by both parental parties at the time the couple was divorced. The client’s child’s mother claimed that Candela’s client did not return the child for holiday timesharing at both Christmas and Easter. Candela had sent formal correspondence to the child’s mother regarding the dispute over the interpretation of the timesharing schedule, and when she did not agree, the father kept the child. The Court agreed with Candela’s interpretation of the timesharing schedule and found that her client was not in contempt for either holiday.

  • Family Law Case - Unilateral Medical-Related Decisions

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which she filed a Motion for Contempt on behalf of her client against the mother of his child for making unilateral medical-related decisions for the minor child without his knowledge. The Court agreed that the mother was in violation of the final judgment of their dissolution of marriage and held her in indirect civil contempt. The Court also ordered that the treatment in question cease immediately and that the mother be solely responsible for any and all costs related to that treatment. Furthermore, the Court ordered that the mother was not to make any unilateral decisions in the future and was to notify the father of any future appointments so that he could be present either over the phone or in person.

Client Testimonials

  • "I feel exceptionally fortunate having been referred to you."

  • "Rob has proven his extraordinary talent, perseverance, vast knowledge of the law, along with his professional demeanor and his ability to communicate and listen well."

  • "Your expertise, knowledge and professionalism put me at ease while you handled my out of state matters."

  • "I will be forever grateful for your assistance, understanding & concern on my divorce."

  • "Know anyone with the same amount of class, ethics and thoughtfulness and ability to execute as you?"

  • "The times we have with our granddaughter are a constant reminder of Rob’s highly effective work."

  • "Going through a divorce is a very traumatic event, but you all make your clients feel cared for and the trust factor is definitely felt."

  • "I would recommend them 200% to anyone who has to go through a divorce."

  • "I truly appreciate your brilliant legal minds and your professional protection of my desires and interests as pertaining to my home."

  • "If I ever have a friend who's going through a divorce, you will be the only name for me to recommend."

  • "Mr. Givens assured me that he was placing my needs in very good hands. He was correct because we are in a much better place because of your efforts."

  • "Stann is an intellectually gifted, highly motivated, knowledgeable attorney. He was truly a 'master negotiator.'"

  • "Rob, Thank you for your assistance and guidance throughout my divorce process. I will certainly recommend you to others seeking legal support."

  • "I appreciate you both always taking the time to answer all of my questions"

  • "Your joint efforts and hard work have finally brought a son and father together."

  • "Your guidance and wisdom has truly guided me through this difficult process that I can now put behind me."

  • "His research, preparation and professionalism is noteworthy in every aspect."

  • "Rob, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the time, effort and hard work you put into my case! Without your assistance, Madison would not be here with us in South Florida."

  • "Your guidance and wisdom has truly guided me through this difficult process that I can now put behind me. "

  • "His research, preparation and professionalism is noteworthy in every aspect. You have a brilliant attorney on your team."

  • Paula, thank you so much! You have been a true pleasure to work with through this difficult process. I really appreciate it.

  • "Rob, Thanks again for all of your help through this process. You and Paula have both been great."

  • "Ellen, this comes with sincere gratitude for a job well done. You have restored my faith in your profession. Thank you for always acting in my best interest."

  • "Ellen, I could not have been more fortunate in my legal representation!"

  • "I am very happy that I selected your firm and would not hesitate to give my highest recommendation."

  • "Rob, I wanted to say thank you for all your efforts in getting this agreement settled."

  • You have been wonderfully amazing. Thank you for everything. So grateful.

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