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Recent Posts in Divorce

  • Divorce is a drag, but with the right legal aid and a good knowledge of what is going on, you may be able to pull out ahead once your divorce is over. One of the biggest issues you will come across when you are going through a divorce is money. ...
  • Divorce, Romanian Style

    According to an article by the Associated Press, the country of Romania recently passed a law that allows town officials to grant divorces and set their own fees in doing so. Allowing each town to determine its own filing fees has resulted in ...
  • Fox Business News today posted an article entitled 6 Financial Mistakes to Avoid in Divorce . The article is a good read for anyone going through the divorce process. One of the six points made in the article is to use your head and not your emotions ...
  • In an article in Newsday , women in the military were found to be twice as likely to get divorced than their male military counterparts. As you can imagine, being away from spouse's and children is difficult for anyone in the military. It appears, ...
  • There are signs that the economy is coming back. That's good news all around. Right? Well, maybe not. According to a study by the University of Virginia cited in the Huffington Post , a comeback in the economy can mean an increase in the rate of ...
  • Planning for a Divorce

    A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald outlined steps that married people should take to ensure that if they do get a divorce , they are better prepared to deal with life during and after their family law case. The artlicle does not suggest ...
  • A recent article on FoxNews.com detailed a man in Michigan who, while going through a divorce , accessed his wife's e-mail account. That man has been charged with a felony count of computer misuse. Each state's criminal and family laws are different, ...
  • Grounds for Divorce in Florida

    The first paragraph of a recent article on Huffington Post Divorce reminded me of something that I mention to clients at every initial consultation. The article, titled, "If Divorce is No Fault, Why do They Fight?", begins, "It takes two to tango, ...
  • In a recent Huffington Post Divorce article, the author outlined ten things that a party should consider before filing for divorce . The tenth item listed was to evaluate your situation and consider if divorce is the right option for you. As firm of ...
  • Did Facebook Cause My Divorce?

    In a recent article on Huffington Post Divorce , the question of how internet social technology is affecting marriages on a whole arose. The article cites W. Brad Wilcox's recent edition of "State of Our Unions", an annual report detailing the state ...
  • In a recent Huffington Post Divorce article, the author described ten things that someone should consider before filing for divorce . The ninth item mentioned was to build a support system. This is a great piece of advice. During the heat of ...
  • A recent Huffington Post Divorce article outlined ten things that a party should consider before filing for divorce . The eighth suggestion made by the author was to figure out your plans for the future. While parties are proceeding through their ...
  • A recent Huffington Post Divorce article outlined ten things that a person should consider before filing for divorce . The seventh suggestion made by the author was to keep a diary. Keeping a diary is very important if custody is an issue in your ...
  • A recent Huffington Post Divorce article detailed ten things that people should consider before filing for divorce . The sixth suggestion made by the author is to think about what you want to do with the home. Less than five years ago, when parties ...
  • A recent Huffington Post Divorce article detailed ten things that people should consider before filing for divorce . The fifth suggestion made by the author was to talk with a family law attorney. Sure, having a family law attorney tell you that you ...
  • A recent Huffington Post Divorce article outlined ten things that a party should consider before filing for divorce . The fourth thing to consider, as suggested by the author of the piece, is your financial future. As part of every Florida divorce ...
  • A recent Huffington Post Divorce article detailed ten things that people should consider before filing for divorce . The third thing that the author states that the parties should consider is what arrangement makes the most sense with regard to ...
  • New Technology in Divorce Cases

    A recent article on VancouverSun.com described what has become more common in divorce cases, "virtual visitation ". As computers and technology have evolved, webcams and software, such as Skype, have allowed people across the globe the ability to ...
  • No two are exactly alike. A recent article on PsychologyToday.com highlights an issue that I see nearly every day in my divorce cases. "My friend receives $10,000 per month in alimony , can you get that for me?" OR, "My cousin got taken to the ...
  • No, this is not about the hot new toy or doll this holiday season. Rather, how do children of divorce want to spend their time at the holidays. A book about what children of divorce feel was discussed in a recent Huffington Post Divorce blog. Some ...
  • A recent Sify.com article reports that there has been a spike in the divorce rate in Southwest China's Sichuan province during the first nine months of 2010. According to the article, some experts feel that the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake is to blame ...
  • According to a recent NewYorkTimes.com article, the Huffington Post will unveil a new Divorce page this upcoming Monday. The new page, focused on family law issues will be hosted by Arianna Huffington and Nora Ephron, (both divorced). The Huffington ...
  • Divorce Insurance?

    A recent article on MSN.com detailed a new company, based in North Carolina, that is now offering divorce insurance. For $16 per month, you can get divorce insurance that will pay for $1,250 of your family law case. The article delves into whether or ...
  • Vicarious Divorce

    A recent New York Times article outlines a recent trend in entertainment focused on divorce . The article cites the popularity of this summer's Julia Roberts move, Eat Pray Love , and the television show Mad Men , both of which focus on divorced ...
  • Divorce Rates Down

    According to a new article on Life360.com , the divorce rates are down. The article cites a Center for Disease Control finding that divorce rate per 1,000 married women dropped to 16.4 in 2009 and 16.9 for 2008, a big drop from 22.6 in 1980.
  • According to a Grubstreet.com article, celebrity chef Daniel Bouloud's wife Micky has filed for divorce . The French born Bouloud owns restaurants and bars in New York City, Las Vegas, Palm Beach, Vancouver and London. He has been seen on countless ...
  • Credit Cards Predict Divorce?

    A recent article at DailyBeast.com , states that the VISA credit card company can predict whether or not you are going to get a divorce . VISA denies the allegation. The article states that by mining the data that is included in your credit card ...
  • Judge Orders Wall in Couple's Home

    According to a recent St. Louis Globe-Democrat article, a judge in New York has ordered a couple in a divorce case to construct a wall in their home while their family law case is pending. The couple has been married for twenty-one years, and they ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • England Supercouple File for Divorce

    British popstar Cheryl Cole has filed for divorce from her husband, England and Chelsea left back, Ashley Cole, according to a TimesOnline article. Cheryl Cole hopes the divorce will be finalized before England begins to play for the World Cup ...
  • 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 ...
  • More Dollars than Sense

    When your divorce proceedings begin with estimates of attorney's fees reaching $19 million dollars, details of your extravagant lifestyle are bound to make their way to the press. Frank and Jamie McCourt, owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, had their ...
  • Much has been made recently about Greece's monetary problems, and their effect on the European Union. What has not been major news about the EU is how they deal with family law issues. Specifically, what happens when a husband and wife from different ...
  • A recent USAToday.com article outlines a new proposal in Tennessee to split custody evenly in messy divorces. The pending bill would authorize an even custody split in cases where parents could not come to an agreement at mediation . Florida family ...
  • According to a recent article in the Daily Mail , bus driver Kevin Halstead received 2.3 million pounds after a recent lottery win. Mr. Halstead finalized his divorce from his wife only three months prior to winning the lottery. Had he won the ...
  • According to a recent ABCNews.com report , Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes are getting a divorce . The article states that the divorce is amicable, and that the parties are in mutual agreement. The parties have one child together, and their willingness ...
  • Owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Frank and Jamie McCourt, are getting a divorce . A recent NBC Los Angeles article states that the divorce will cost between $14 and $19 million. The Givens Law Group offers a few ways to avoid such high costs in ...
  • A NYDailyNews.com article cited a new report, which stated that parties who cohabitate before marriage were no more likely to get a divorce than parties who did not cohabitate prior to marriage. The study, which surveyed 13,000 men and women between ...
  • Barry Bonds Divorce

    According to a recent USAToday.com article , Barry Bonds' wife has filed for divorce . The article states that the parties have already reached a settlement agreement. It is unclear whether the parties went to mediation , or participated in a ...
  • A recent CNNMoney.com article highlights one of the more challenging parts of going through a divorce in a down economy. According to a study, nearly 25% of homes are "underwater" in the United States. In Florida, the number of homes where the value ...
  • Real Estate Broker Accused of Hiding Wealth

    This recent article in the Scranton Times Tribune, illustrates something that happens quite often in divorce cases. One party suspects, and then makes accusations in court, that the other party has mismanaged marital property. A major concern of most ...

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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