5 Conversations to Have Before Marriage

Proposal season has begun.  Before the big question is popped, it is important to ensure your significant other Mr. or Ms. Right.  The article below suggests five topics to be discussed before exchanging “I dos” to help with that determination.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing superior legal representation to clients whose relationships have become irretrievably broken despite their best efforts.

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30 Years Ago in 1982

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA began 30 years ago in 1982.  The top books in 1982 included:  The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Gunslinger by Stephen King, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally, Life, the Universe and Everything, by Douglas Adams, A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff.

Announcement – Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA volunteers at Metropolitan Ministries’ big tent

On November 16, 2012, members of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA volunteered at the Metropolitan Ministries’ big tent, a center for processing holiday donations.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA believes that success as attorneys includes, among other things, public service.

Announcement – Mary Dougherty anniversary

On November 17, 2012, Word Processor Mary Dougherty celebrated 26 years of outstanding service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA.  Congratulations, Mary!

Announcement – Caroline Black Sikorske presentation on collaborative divorce

On November 14, 2012, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske gave a speech to the Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council on Collaborative Law titled “How To Use Collaborative Law Effectively For Estate Planning Issues In Divorce Cases.”

30 Years Ago in 1982

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA began 30 years ago in 1982.  The top movies in 1982 included:  Blade Runner, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Thing, Ghandi, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Conan the Barbarian, First Blood, Poltergeist, Start Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan, and Annie.

Exclusive Use and Possession of the Former Marital Home

There are times divorcing parties can agree, or the court can order, for one spouse to retain exclusive use and possession of the former marital home.  This can be done, among other things, to provide stability for a minor child or for another special purpose.  Click on the links below to read more.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are skilled at representing clients facing issues relating to the exclusive use and possession of former marital residences.

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Florida Bar Journal Fla. Stat. 61.075;  Duncan v. Duncan Ascherman v. Ascherman

Announcement – November 2012 TBPA luncheon

On November 8, 2012 Paralegals Amy Anderson, Carol Dunlap, Kathy Mull, and Frank Steinbeck attended the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. monthly meeting as a part of their regular membership in the organization.    The meeting included a continuing education component titled “Ethics from a Judicial Perspective” which was lead by The Honorable James M. Barton, III, of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

30 Years Ago in 1982

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA began 30 years ago in 1982.  The top songs of 1982 included:  I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder; and Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.

Setoffs or Credits Upon Sale of Marital Home

Sometimes couples sell their jointly-owned house when they divorce.  Although the beginning presumption may be that the parties equally divide any sale proceeds, there are times when a party may be entitled to setoffs or credits.  Section 61.077, Florida Statutes, outlines the factors the court must consider when determining the issue of credits or setoffs in a final judgment dissolving a marriage.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing superior legal representation to its clients facing issues relating to the sale of their marital homes.

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Announcement – Alex Caballero listed in 2013 Florida’s Best Lawyers

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA is pleased to announce that Attorney Alex Caballero has been listed in the 2013 edition of Florida’s Best Lawyers for Family Law.  Congratulations, Alex!

Announcement – Caroline Black Sikorske listed in 2013 Florida’s Best Lawyers

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA is pleased to announce that Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske has been listed in the 2013 edition of Florida’s Best Lawyers for Family Law.  Congratulations, Caroline!

Announcement – Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA Tier 1 Law Firm

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm in the 2013 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” publication.

Announcement – Caroline Black Sikorske anniversary

On November 1, 2012, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske celebrated 23 years of excellent service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA.  Congratulations Caroline!

Recent Change in Florida Laws to Address Cyperstalking

Effective October 1, 2012, several changes to various statutes have been implemented.  Among those was House Bill 1099 that, among other things, changed the Florida law to create a civil cause of action for an injunction for protection against stalking or cyberstalking.  Click on the links below to read House Bill 1099 and Florida Statute 784.0485.  The attorneys at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA pride themselves on providing superior legal representation to clients facing all types of family law issues.

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Ten Zen Things to Save your Marriage

Many distressed marriages can be healed with a few simple changes.  The article below provides one author’s list of five things that can be done and five things that should not be done to revive a troubled relationship.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are experienced in assisting clients whose marriages have become irreconcilably broken regardless of the changes made.

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Announcement – Sarah E. Kay attended Cooley Law School Tampa Bay Campus Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

On October 31, 2012, Attorney Sarah E. Kay attended the Cooley Law School Tampa Bay Campus Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on behalf of Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers.  Click here for a picture of Sarah with Florida Bar President Gwynne Young and Florida Association for Women Lawyers President-Elect Brittany Maxey.

Announcement – 30th Anniversary

In 2012, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA proudly celebrates 30 years of membership in the professional legal community exclusively focusing on marital and family law.  Over the past three decades, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA has had the honor and privilege of helping numerous wonderful clients resolve their marital and family law issues and looks forward to the opportunity to serve many more in the years to come.