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Recent Posts in Equitable Distribution

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.

Get In Touch

At Givens Givens Sparks, your family is our family. As such, we promise to fight for each client and voraciously protect their best interests. Facing a family law issue? Get in touch with us to learn how we can help!

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