Summary Procedure and Computation of Time

Unlike general legal actions, summary procedure provides certain plaintiffs to an action an expedited consideration of disputes. The timeframe for responding to an action is 5 days after service, as opposed to the standard 20 days for general actions.

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When to ask for exclusive use of the marital home:

Under no circumstances should a spouse stay in an abusive relationship and/or home. There is no good reason to stay…especially if you have kids!

Don’t let money be the reason that keeps you in an abusive home or relationship. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can request the court for exclusive use of the home while litigation (your case) is pending.

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What to expect when you initiate an action:

Once you initiate an action against someone, whether it’s a family or civil case, you must notify the other party that they are being sued. The process of formally notifying someone that an action has been initiated against them is known as “service of process”.

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Modification in child support during the Coronavirus pandemic:

Florida courts have found that the loss of a job or changes in the parties’ income may qualify as a substantial change in circumstances to warrant a modification in child support, provided that the change is permanent in nature.

But what if you lose your job due to layoffs and business closures resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic?

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Can you still get divorced during the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Courts are closed to the public; however, Judges continue to review and close out cases.

Luckily, uncontested divorces have never been so easy in South Florida. Most judges are divorcing couples without a hearing, provided that all required documents are submitted together with an Affidavit for Remote Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage.

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Unemployed and can’t pay rent? What you need to know:

Coronavirus Evictions

On April 2, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a new executive order suspending actions for evictions and foreclosures. The Order does not allow any evictions for non-payment of rent for the next 45 days (until May 17). Here’s what you need to know:

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