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Blog Posts in June, 2010

  • The Chicago Tribune reports that due to stronger laws and increased resources, the ability for parents to collect child support has steadily risen over the years. The biggest factor is the advent of automatic income withholding, or what Florida ...
  • According to nj.com , Charlie Sheen and his estranged wife Brooke Mueller have signed a 41-page divorce agreement that divides their assets and determines custody of their young twin boys. Under the family law agreement, which cites irreconcilable ...
  • According to a recent NewYorkTimes.com article, the New York Assembly is set to vote on a bill already passed in the Senate that would allow for no-fault divorce . While every other state in the union has adopted family laws that provide for a ...
  • According to an article in the Health section of U.S. News and World Report, the reason why many women going through divorce seek revenge on their spouse is fairly simple: human nature. Michael McCullough, professor of psychology at the University of ...
  • Five Risk Factors for Divorce

    In a recent article for U.S. News and World Report, New York City-based psychotherapist and former reality TV show host Robi Ludwig discusses what she believes are the top 5 risk factors that can lead to divorce . 1. Contempt or mockery. According to ...
  • A recent New York Times article online "The 40-Year Itch", finds that for many going through divorce after 20 to 40 years of marriage often view their circumstances not as a tragedy but rather an opportunity. In doing research for her recent book, ...
  • A story at CNN.com cites a recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego that the risk of divorce , or at least the emotions and behaviors associated with divorce , can be spread throughout social networks. Your friends' ...
  • An article from NewYorkTimes.com looked at the recently announced break up of Al and Tipper Gore and wondered why there were little to no warning signs of divorce preceding it. They come to the conclusion that it can be difficult or impossible for ...
  • Following their recent divorce agreement where the court ordered him to pay $1,106 a month in child support , a North Carolina father quit his job as a corrections officer and joined a communal religious sect according to a Courthouse News story ...
  • In a recent AFP report, fourteen European countries have signed an agreement which declares that couples of different nationalities can choose which set of laws apply to their divorce . Supports of the agreement hope this will clamp down on ' divorce ...
  • It has often been cited that the divorce rate for families with an autistic child approaches 80%, which is roughly double the rate for average first-time marriages in the U.S. However a recent study, discussed in a WebMD article, by the Center for ...
  • Social Media and Divorce

    According to a recent CNN.com article, a growing number of divorce attorneys are turning to Facebook and other online social networking sites to find evidence for divorce cases. For example, a family law attorney in Maine was told by his client that ...

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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