Entries by Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA

Attorney Sarah E. Kay certified as a member of The Lawyers of Distinction

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce that, on December 1, 2016, Attorney Sarah E. Kay was certified as a member of The Lawyers of Distinction.  Membership to Lawyers of Distinction is limited to the top 10% of attorneys in the United States and members are accepted based upon objective evaluation of an […]

Parenthood for Working Parents

Becoming a parent is among the largest of life changes which can be further complicated when one or both of the parents work outside the home.  Click on the links below to read articles about family leave and other challenges new working-parents face.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA pride themselves on providing […]

Hurricane Matthew

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA’s hearts and hands reach out to our friends and colleagues in southeastern Florida today as they face a potentially devastating storm.  Please let us know if we can help you prior to, during, or after the storm in any way.

A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping

With all the advances in technology and transportation, international parental kidnapping can be a concern.  The U.S. Department of Justice recently published A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping which describes resources available to left-behind family members.  Click on the link to access the publication.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA provides individualized legal services […]

NY Court Redefines Who is a Parent

New York’s highest court recently redefined parenthood, holding that, going forward, a partner can seek visitation and custody if it is shown “by clear and convincing evidence that the parties agreed to conceive a child and to raise the child together” and also recognized that in certain circumstances a person would be entitled to custody […]

The Hague Convention on International recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance

On August 30, 2016, President Obama signed a ratification of the Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance which will establish uniform procedures for the processing of international child support cases.  Click on the link below to read the White House Press Release regarding the treaty.  The attorneys […]

Attorney Sarah E. Kay Anniversary

On August 7, 2016, Attorney Sarah E. Kay celebrated ten years of outstanding service at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA.  Sarah originally joined the firm as receptionist and served in several positions while attending law school.  In 2010, Sarah assumed her current position as attorney and has been providing clients high quality marital and family […]

Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta Anniversary

On July 20, 2016, Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta celebrated five years of outstanding service with Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA.  Jennifer joined Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA in 2011.  Immediately prior to joining the firm, she was a partner and was in the family law practice group of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP.  Jennifer […]

Apps that Aim to Give Parents ‘Superpowers’

Devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming commonplace in everyday activities.  This now includes helping parents improve their parenting skills.  Click on the link below to read an article about apps that are being developed to help families bond and children grow.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA pride themselves on providing superior […]

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske in three “Top” lists in the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers Publication

In addition to being listed as a Super Lawyer in Florida family law, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske is listed in three “Top” lists in the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers publication: Top 50 Tampa Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers, and Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers.  Congratulations, Caroline!

Attorneys Caroline Black Sikorske, Alex Caballero, and Jennifer Ficarrotta in 2016 Florida Super Lawyers Publication

Attorneys Caroline Black Sikorske, Alex Caballero, and Jennifer Ficarrotta are all included in the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers publication as Super Lawyers in Florida family law.  Alex and Caroline have been listed as Florida Super Lawyers for ten consecutive years.  Congratulations to all!      

What’s the Best (and Worst) Age to get Married?

Deciding to tie the knot can be a difficult decision and there are many factors to consider – including each future spouse’s age.  Click on the link below to read one professional’s observations regarding recent trends relating to age, marriage, and divorce.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA provide experienced legal representation to […]

Attorney Sarah E. Kay at Women’s Bar Association of State of New York 2016 Conference

On June 3, 2016, Attorney Sarah E. Kay, as incoming President-Elect of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, attended the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s annual conference at the DonCesar in St. Petersburg to foster relations and promote camaraderie between the organizations.

Hope and Healing: Support Group for Women Transitioning through Separation and Divorce

Life transitions can be difficult to navigate and working through the transition with others facing similar circumstances may help.  Counselor-lead support groups for women transitioning through separation and divorce called “Hope and Healing” are being held July 5, 2016 – August 9, 2016 at the Costello Center in St. Petersburg.  Click on the link below […]

Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske Speaker at Collaborative Seminar

On May 20, 2016, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske presented on the “Four (of Many) Dysfunctions of a Collaborative Team” as part of a panel discussion at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  Although the attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA continue to practice and are experienced in the traditional litigated […]

Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta and Certified Paralegal Michele Tawzer to speak on family law

On June 10, 2016, Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta and Certified Paralegal Michele Tawzer will present at a continuing legal education seminar titled “Florida Family Law Practice for Paralegals.”  Jennifer will speak on the importance of the intake and client interview process.  Michele will speak about obtaining and evaluating financial information.    Click on the link below for […]

Florida will list both names of same-sex couples on birth certificates

On May 5, 2016, Florida’s Department of Health began instructing hospitals, birth centers and midwives to recognize both parents, regardless of their gender, on birth certificates.  Currently birth certificates still offer only the option of “mother” and “father”, however state officials state they expect a revised birth certificate to become available sometime in July.  Click […]

Fathers’ Reflections on Great Britain’s Paternity Allowance Rules

On April 5, 2015, Great Britain changed its laws to allow fathers an equal opportunity to take an extended leave of absence from employment following the birth of a child.  Click on the link below to read the reflections of two fathers who took advantage of the extended leave and one who did not.  The […]

Woman in her 70s may be oldest ever to give birth

On April 19, 2016, a woman in India believed to be at least 70 years old gave birth to a son after two years of IVF treatment.  Click on the link below to read more.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA provides experienced legal representation and advice to clients in all areas of marital and family […]

Attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA support Lanse Scriven’s candidacy for President of The Florida Bar

While at the 38th Annual Institute of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on May 6, 2016, Attorneys Jennifer Ficarrotta, Andrew Reder, Caroline Black Sikorske, and Alex Caballero pose for a picture with Lanse Scriven, a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta […]

One week left to vote for Attorney Alex Caballero for 2016-2017 HCBA Board of Directors

Today is May 6, 2016 and there is one week left to vote for the 2016-2016 HCBA Board of Directors!  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA Attorney Alex Caballero, would appreciate your support and vote.  If you are an eligible voter and have not yet received your on-line balloting instructions, please contact HCBA at hcbarsvp@hillsbar.com or […]

Attorney Alex Caballero candidate for 2016-2017 HCBA Board of Directors

The election for the 2016-2017 HCBA Board of Directors is underway!  Attorney Alex Caballero, a Board Certified Marital and Family Law attorney, Fellow of the AAML, and active member of the HCBA and The Florida Bar, is a qualified candidate in this election.  Alex would appreciate your support and vote.  All eligible voters should have […]

Attorney Alex Caballero in election for Director of Hillsborough County Bar Association

Attorney Alex Caballero has applied to be a Director of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA).  He would appreciate your support and vote.  The election will be May 2-16th.  In addition to being Board Certified in Marital and Family Law and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Alex is actively involved in […]

United States Supreme Court Considers Family Law Ruling

The United States Supreme Court is considering Howell v. Howell, Docket No. 15-1031 which should addresses whether or not the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act preempts an Arizona state court’s ruling involving a veteran’s retirement pay.  Click the links below to see a summary of the case status and updates.  The attorneys of Sessums […]

Credit Freeze

Identity theft can have long-lasting implications.  In addition to requesting a fraud alert, concerned consumers can also request a credit freeze.  A credit freeze restricts access to the consumer’s credit report which may delay or prevent a thief from opening new accounts since many creditors need the report or information in the report before approving […]

Florida adopts new Collaborative Law

On March 24, 2016, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 967 titled “Collaborative Law Process Act” into law, making Florida the 14th state to offer Collaborative Divorce as an alternative to traditional litigation.  Collaborative Divorce is a method of reaching a resolution through cooperative strategies rather than adversarial techniques and court proceedings.  Although the attorneys […]

Announcement – Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske at AAML Mid-Year Meeting

March 16-18, 2016, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske attended the national Mid-Year Meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) in Nassau, the Bahamas. This year’s national conference includes advanced an continuing education component focusing on discovering hidden and off-shore assets in divorce proceedings.

Divorce and taxes: 4 tips for managing the 2016 tax season

As April 18, 2016 quickly approaches, many people’s focus turns to taxes. For people who have divorced at the start of 2016 or have a divorce proceeding pending, deciding how to handle the filing of 2015 taxes can be daunting if not overwhelming. Click on the link below to read one author’s tips as to […]

U.S. Supreme Court Reversed State Court Ruling which Refused to Recognize Same-Sex Adoption

On Monday, March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court struck down an Alabaman court ruling which did not recognize an adoption of a child to a same-sex couple.  Click on the link below to read the six page U.S. Supreme Court ruling.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA pride themselves on providing […]

Collaborative Divorce May Become State-Wide Law in Florida

Florida House Bill 967 titled “Collaborative Law Process Act”, if enacted, would, among other things, establish a state-wide system for Collaborative Law effective July 1, 2016.  Collaborative Law is an alternative dispute resolution process wherein the parties, attorneys, and neutral third-party professionals use cooperative strategies to assist the parties in achieving an amicable resolution to […]

Is a presumption of equal timesharing in Florida’s future?

The Senate recently passed Senate Bill 250. If enacted in its current form, beginning October 1, 2016, it would create a presumption that “approximately equal time-sharing with a minor child by both parents” is in the child’s best interest. Click on the link below to read an article discussing additional details of the bill and […]

Announcement – Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta in 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Family lawyers in Florida by ASLA

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce Attorney Jennifer Ficarrotta’s selection as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Family lawyers in the State of Florida for 2016 by the American Society of Legal Advocates.  Her selection was the culmination of a months-long process in which ASLA independently researched information on tens of […]

Announcement – Attorney Alex Caballero Presentation on Equitable Distribution

On February 4, 2016, Attorney Alex Caballero co-presented a 2 hour continuing legal education seminar titled “Complex Issues in Equitable Distribution” for the Marital & Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.  Mr. Caballero spoke on the issues of business valuations in equitable distribution and stock options, restricted shares, and other employee benefits.  […]

Announcement – Alex Caballero to present on Complex Issues in Equitable Distribution

On February 4, 2016 starting at 1 PM, Attorney Alex Caballero will be co-presenting a 2 hour continuing legal education seminar titled “Complex Issues in Equitable Distribution” for the Marital & Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.  Mr. Caballero will be specifically speaking on the issues of business valuations in equitable distribution […]

Announcement – January 2016 TBPA Luncheon

On January 14, 2016, Paralegals Carol Dunlap and Michele Tawzer as a part of their regular membership, attended the monthly meeting of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association which included a legal education component titled “Court Procedures and Using the Hague Convention to Resolve International Parental Child Abduction”.  The Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.’s mission includes […]

Child Centered Residential Guidelines

It can be challenging for parents to craft parenting plans that meet the ever-changing developmental and psychological needs of their growing children.  The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers developed the Child Centered Residential Guidelines as a national model to assist parents, judges, lawyers, mediators, and parent educators in drafting child-centered residential guidelines which focus on […]

17 Things to Say to your Kids after you Drop the Divorce Bomb

One of the most challenging things to transitioning a relationship can be talking to your children about it.  Click on the link below to reach one author’s suggestions on things you can say to your child to help him/her with the transition.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA are experienced in handling family […]

Helping your Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way

Typically holidays are associated with happiness and fun, but children whose parents are newly separated or in the midst of litigation may be having a vastly different experience.  One book with suggestions on how parents can best support their children during what may be a stressful time is Helping your Kids Cope with Divorce the […]

Announcement – TBPA November 2015 Luncheon

On November 12, 2015, Paralegals Carol Dunlap, Lorri Rowell, and Michele Tawzer, as a part of their regular membership, attended the monthly meeting of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association which included a legal education component titled “Ethics” presented by the Hon. Christopher C. Nash of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Hillsborough County, Florida.  […]

Announcement – Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske Presentation on Children’s Issues

On October 30, 2015, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske presented on Children’s Issues and Timesharing at The Florida Bar Basic Family Law seminar in Tampa.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA values giving back to the legal community, supporting legal excellence through providing high-quality continuing legal education.

Announcement – Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske ACFTL Diplomat

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA enthusiastically announces that Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske has been elected as a Diplomat of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL).  ACFTL is a select group of 100 of the top family law trial lawyers from across the United States.  Diplomats are based upon their recognized litigation skills and […]

Florida Constitution Revision Commission 2017-2018

Pursuant to Article XI, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution, the State is creating a Constitution Revision Commission which is a group of 37 individuals tasked with reviewing and recommending changes to the State’s Constitution. Click on the link below to read more. Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on staying abreast of possible […]

Announcement – Caroline Black Sikorske Ethics Discussion Facilitator

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce that, on October 14-16, 2015, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske facilitated a presentation on ethics at the international IACP conference for collaborative professionals in Washington DC.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA strives to maintain excellence in professionalism and ethics in family law.

What are the Top Relationship Dealbreakers?

Whether or not to end a relationship can be a difficult decision, particularly when the relationship has spanned over decades or involves young children.  Click on the link below to read one author’s observations of top reasons couples decide to part ways.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA prides itself on providing exceptional legal services to […]

Announcement – TBPA October Luncheon

On October 15, 2015, Paralegals Carol Dunlap, Shannon Morlan, and Michele Tawzer, as a part of their regular membership, attended the monthly meeting of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association which included a legal education component titled “Branding and Trademark Protection.”  The Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.’s mission includes establishing the standard of excellence in the […]

Florida marriage license applications changed to incorporate gender-neutral language

Beginning Monday, September 14, 2015, Florida marriage certificates and license applications were changed to read “spouse” and “spouse” instead of “bride” and “groom.”  Click on the link below to read more.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA stay abreast of the latest events in marital and family law to provide superior legal services […]

Announcement – Attorneys Jennifer Ficarrotta and Sarah E. Kay Adjunct Professors of Law

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce that Attorneys Jennifer Ficarrotta and Sarah E. Kay are investing in the future of Florida’s family law practitioners as Adjunct Professors of Law for the Family Law course during the Fall 2015 semester at Stetson University College of Law.  Congratulations, Jennifer & Sarah!

Announcement – Attorney Sarah E. Kay Collaboratively Trained

On September 12, 2015, Attorney Sarah E. Kay completed the Introductory Collaborative Family and Civil Practice Training, a two-day intensive introductory training course in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice which meets or exceeds standards set by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  Congratulations, Sarah!  

Announcement – September TBPA Luncheon

On September 10, 2015, Paralegals Carol Dunlap, Shannon Morlan, and Michele Tawzer, as a part of their regular membership, attended the monthly meeting of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association which included a legal education component titled “In-House Counsel and the Paralegal.”  The Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.’s mission includes establishing the standard of excellence in […]

Florida Supreme Court Decides Hahamovitch Premarital Agreement Case

On September 10, 2015, the Florida Supreme Court decided the Hahamovitch v. Hahamovitch case which resolved a conflict between district courts of appeals regarding interpretation of waivers of interest in marital claims and property rights within premarital agreements.  Click on the link below to read the opinion.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA […]

Whose Time is it Anyway? Developing a Sensible Parenting Plan

One of the most challenging decisions for separating parents is how their children will share their time with each parent.  Click on the link below to read an article published in a recent ABA Family Law Section Family Advocate which includes a list of suggested considerations for developing a parenting plan that fits a family’s […]

Announcement – Attorney Andrew D. Reder Member of HCBA Leadership Institute

Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA is pleased to announce that Attorney Andrew D. Reder has been accepted into the Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute Class for 2015-2016.  The HCBA Bar Leadership Institute aims to identify and develop young attorneys of diverse backgrounds who have the potential to grow into future leaders.  Congratulations, Andrew!

Announcement – Alex Caballero Presentation on Use of Expert Advice

On August 27, 2015, Attorney Alex Caballero and CPA Mike Lewis presented a seminar entitled “Using Your Expert’s Advice in Crafting Better Discovery.”  The webinar was sponsored by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Florida Chapter.  Both Alex and Mike advised on how to properly craft discovery requests, and how to sift through the […]