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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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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What is a Parenting Plan?

November 15th, 2012 | Posted in Articles, Family Law

By Attorney Vanessa Cotto

If you are going through a divorce in Florida and you have one or more minor children with your spouse, you must create a parenting plan and have it approved by the court before the divorce is finalized. A parenting plan is a document developed and agreed to by the parents of a minor child. If the parents cannot agree over the contents of a parenting plan, then the court will establish its contents and the parties must follow what the judge determines is in the child’s best interest. 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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Divorce – Term of the Day

September 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Legal Terms


n. the termination of a marriage by legal action, requiring a petition or complaint for divorce (or dissolution in some states, including California) by one party. Some states still require at least a minimal showing of fault, but no-fault divorce is now the rule in which “incompatibility” is sufficient to grant a divorce. The substantive issues in divorces are division of property, child custody and support, alimony (spousal support), child visitation and attorney’s fees. Only state courts have jurisdiction over divorces, so the petitioning or complaining party can only file in the state in which he/she is and has been a resident for a period of time (as little as six weeks in Nevada). In most states the period from original filing for divorce, serving the petition on the other party and final judgment (or decree) takes several months to allow for a chance to reconcile.

Definition courtesy of Law.com.


Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Divorce

July 10th, 2012 | Posted in In The News

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes managed to hammer out the terms of their divorce in a matter of days. It goes to show when you try your hardest to work things out (even in less than desireable times) the outcome can be great. It would appear Tom and Katie came to an agreement to avoid a long court battle and to put the best interest of their daughter, Suri, first.

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Dissolution of Marriage in Favor of our Client

May 10th, 2012 | Posted in Case Results

Brevard County

Dissolution of Marriage

Before trial former spouse was requesting alimony, attorney’s fees and a 50% share of client’s retirement account. After a full trial, the Court ruled that the client did not have to pay alimony or attorney’s fees and awarded a distribution of the retirement account which favored our client.

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