What is Mediation?

March 4th, 2013 | Posted in Articles, Divorce, Family Law

Mediation is a process during a divorce whereby a neutral third party, known as the “mediator”, helps a divorcing couple negotiate and settle their case without the necessity of going to trial.

The parties and their lawyers meet with the mediator to discuss and try to settle their case. Mediation allows the spouses to reach a binding agreement as to all aspects of their divorce, including, not limited to: Read more..

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Does Cheating Matter in a Florida Divorce?

February 21st, 2013 | Posted in Articles, Divorce, Family Law

By Attorney Vanessa Cotto

cheating call meThe infidelity of one spouse is a common reason why many marriages crumble. However, Florida is considered “no fault” divorce state. This means that a spouse who is seeking a divorce does not have to show any wrongful conduct of the other spouse and a court will not get involved in the details of why a marriage deteriorated. The spouse seeking a divorce simply needs to state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and not capable of being repaired.

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Temporary Relief in Orlando Divorce and Paternity Cases

January 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Articles, Divorce, Family Law

By Attorney Vanessa Cotto

Divorce law in Florida allows for parties to request temporary relief pending the final disposition of their divorce or their paternity case. The road to the end of a divorce case or a paternity action is long, cumbersome, and costly. If one party is dependent for support on the other party or if both parties are struggling with co-parenting during the pendency of their case, it is wise to file a temporary needs motion and schedule a hearing in front of the judge early on in the process. Read more..

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Mediation and Marital Settlement Agreements are Contracts in Florida

January 7th, 2013 | Posted in Articles, Divorce, Family Law

By Attorney Vanessa Cotto

Marital Settlement AgreementsWhile it is often thought that a Judge determines the terms of a divorce or paternity action, the reality is that, in a majority of cases in Florida, the parties are able to negotiate and settle their case without the necessity of going to trial. The contract that contains all the terms of a divorce is called the “Marital Settlement Agreement” or it may be referred to as the “Mediated Settlement Agreement.” A copy of this agreement is incorporated into a Final Judgment and creates a legally enforceable obligation between the parties in a case. Read more..

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Top 8 Mistakes to Avoid During a Divorce

November 28th, 2012 | Posted in Articles, Divorce, Family Law

By Attorney Vanessa Cotto

As an Orlando divorce attorney I see good people going through one of their worst and most emotional experiences of their life. Unfortunately, this means I also get to see a lot of mistakes. These mistakes can cost people thousands of dollars, precious time with their kids, and sometimes even their very own sanity! These mistakes can be easily avoided. I’ve listed them below in no order of importance. Read more..

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Should I Prepare For Mediation?

November 27th, 2012 | Posted in Articles, Divorce, Family Law

By Attorney Vanessa Cotto

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, it is almost certain you will attend mediation at some point. Mediation is often ordered by the court or scheduled by the parties themselves. Mediation allows each party to actively participate in developing the terms of their divorce settlement. The parties will be able to decide key issues on the division of property and debt instead of having a judge make those decisions at trial. Read more..

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How Long Will My Divorce Take?

November 14th, 2012 | Posted in Articles, Divorce, Family Law, FAQ

By Attorney Vanessa Cotto

So, you have decided your marriage has come to an end. When I speak to people who are contemplating filing for divorce, there is one question that is always asked: How long does it take to get divorced?

Well, it depends. Read more..

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