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  • Can I Change My Divorce Agreement?

    When courts finalize a divorce, they are signing off on an agreement they think is as fair as possible. Likewise, if a child is involved in the divorce, the court is essentially making the decision they believe is in the child’s best interest. However, life rarely goes the way we plan. One parent might lose a job and might no longer be capable of making child support payments, or another parent ...
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  • We Are Donating 76 Amazon Gift Cards to Teenagers for Christmas!

    Chesser & Barr Attorneys, with offices in Crestview and Shalimar, is donating Amazon gift cards for Christmas to 76 teenagers being served by the Okaloosa Guardian ad Litem Program this year. A spokesperson for the Firm said that “Being able to support 26 teens in Crestview and 50 teens in Fort Walton Beach was a huge accomplishment. The program continues to grow each year and we are fortunate ...
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  • What Rights Do Unmarried Parents Have?

    The nuclear family is becoming less and less common throughout the United States. Couples are deciding not to marry and even not to have kids. However, this trend can sometimes be legally confusing if the couple decides to split. For example, the law in Florida automatically gives a mother parental rights to her children since she gave birth to them. Her maternity is proven. Paternity, on the ...
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  • 3 Mistakes to Avoid as a Divorcing Parent

    Divorce is rarely easy for anyone, particularly parents. Not only do you have to worry about your own emotional well-being, but you also have to worry about your child’s as well. Parenting through a divorce can be hard because each couple has different degrees of civility and animosity. However, people will be scrutinizing your parenting methods more than ever during this time because child ...
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  • Benefits of a Prenuptial Agreement

    More and more couples are opting into signing prenuptial agreements before getting married. Prenuptial agreements, also called premarital agreements or prenups, are contracts signed before marriage to protect each spouse’s financial interests. Likewise, prenups can protect the inheritance rights of children and grandchildren from a previous marriage who would otherwise take a backseat to any ...
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  • The Reverse Mortgage Cross-Over

    Regardless of what you think about a reverse mortgage, there is one thing you should consider if you’re weighing that option. I’ve never seen it discussed, but for this article I’ll call it the “cross-over point.” That’s the date on which the amount you owe on your mortgage will equal the value of your house. Put in real numbers, if you own a home worth $200,000 and you put a $150,000 reverse ...
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  • Letter To The Editor

    The writer on November 12 finds fault with the opinions stated on October 8 th , that the N.R.A. has sponsored too many American guns. The N.R.A., she believes, protects us from criminals and from the “bureaucracies” like Germany and Russia. I beg to differ. Constitutional Democracies, I submit, have proven themselves to have one thing in common. Someone will test the limits of every ...
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  • An Act of God

    A tree growing in the woods is blown over by wind and lands on my truck. Without regard for why my truck happened to be in the woods in proximity to the tree, the property owner is not responsible for damage to my truck, because the act is unpredictable, and the law calls it an “act of God.” Another act of God with which we are familiar is my boat getting loose in the hurricane and crashing into ...
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  • What Are the Risks of Online Divorce Services?

    It’s no secret divorces can be expensive. According to some estimates, the average cost of a divorce in Florida will cost around $13,500 without kids and $20,300 with kids. The more complicated a divorce tends to be, the longer it takes and the more expensive it becomes. Some online companies have begun advertising affordable divorce services, tempting people who want to save money by buying into ...
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  • Selective Enforcement as a Defense

    What is “selective enforcement”? For almost a thousand years, and up until almost the 20 th century, England tried hard to tame the unruly Irish. The Penal Act made their religion a crime, punishable at the King’s discretion. Sometimes the King decided the punishment was beheading, sometimes he made no punishment at all. That’s selective enforcement. Is there any mystery that Thomas Jefferson ...
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  • Estate Planning & Divorce

    Estate planning involves how your estate, or assets, will be passed on to loved ones after you die. Usually, this preparation is done with a will. If people die without a will, the government decides to whom they should allocate these assets. The consequences of leaving no will behind after a divorce or breakup can be significant. Many people forget to make a will because they think of death as a ...
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  • Mediation: "Collaborate Early; Save Time, Money, and Heartache"

    Twenty days ago Amelia and Adam Buyer went out for a celebratory dinner at their all-time favorite restaurant in the heart of Crestview, having just entered a contract, with the help of their Realtor, to purchase their lakefront dream home in Okaloosa County. Because Randy Seller was relocating within the next sixty days, he was motivated to price his home for a quick sale. He, too, was ecstatic ...
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  • An Attorney’s Role in Landlord-Tenant Disputes

    One of the most tedious things to deal with is a stubborn landlord or a stubborn tenant, depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting on. When a tenant or a landlord doesn't comply in a real estate dispute, it might be time to bring in a lawyer. Before the case goes to trial, an attorney can help you agree on a dispute and create a written rental agreement holding both parties to their ...
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  • A Deed Not For the Birds

    Some of you may be familiar with a document called a “Ladybird Deed,” and although the topic of deeds may not be as exciting as discussing the newest episode of Game of Thrones , I encourage you to read on because this is one powerful little document that can save time and money. Most people have heard the term “Quit Claim Deed” which (stated briefly) is a deed used to add or remove someone from ...
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  • The Dangers of Using Social Media During a Divorce

    Social media is everywhere these days and more adults than ever are flocking to these platforms, from Facebook to Instagram, to share some of the most intimate details of their lives. While this might be a fun way to stay connected with friends and family, it can do quite a bit of damage during a divorce. Everything you share can be forged into the perfect weapon to be used against you in court. ...
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