A Divorce Lawyer’s Tips on Staying Together

Staying married can be a challenge.  Click on the link below to read an interview with a divorce lawyer who provides suggestions on how to make a marriage last.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta take pride in providing high quality legal counseling and representation for clients with all types of family law issues.

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Remarriage after Half-Century of Divorce

Time can heal wounds and cultivate wisdom.  Click on the link below to read an article about a couple who, after a half-century has passed since their divorce, are heading back down the aisle to marry each other and their suggestions on how to make marriages last.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are skilled in representing clients in all areas of marital and family law including premarital agreements and dissolutions of marriage.

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Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske Presenting at AAML 40th Annual Institute

Caroline Black Sikorske is honored to be selected to present at the AAML 40th Annual Institute in Orlando, FL on May 4, 2018. Caroline will be speaking on “Psycho-Social Issues as They Impact Co-Parenting and Attorney Case Management.” Her co-presenters include two nationally recognized experts in the field of Psychology, Dr. Debra Day, Psy.D., and Dr. Jan Faust, Ph.D.

Dear Mom & Dad: Voice of the Child of Divorce

Transitioning out of a relationship can be difficult not only for the couple, but also for their children. Click on the link below to see a video providing insight from one child of his parents’ divorce and how it affected him. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on providing personal service to assist clients and their children during all types of family transitions.

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Digital Spying and Divorce in the Smartphone Age

With the advances of technology, changes in how people use technology and, consequently, changes in evidence in court cases. Click on the links below to read an article about how technology is being used by divorcing or separated couples and an article about what to do if spyware comes up in your relationship. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta provide high quality legal services by staying abreast of changes in the law and technology which may affect their clients or cases.

Digital Spying and Divorce in the Smartphone Age

What to do if Spyware Comes Up In Your Relationship

App Available to Assist pro se litigants in Florida Family Law Cases

Navigating Florida’s court system without the guidance of a qualified Florida Family Law Attorney can be daunting.  The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice has created a Florida Courts Help App for pro se litigants which, among other things, allows users to complete Florida Supreme Court-approved family law forms, provides links and contact information to help centers for pro se litigants throughout Florida, and has user-friendly instructions on family law procedures in Florida courts.  The App is available at the Apple Store, Google Play, and Amazon App store.  Click on the link below to read an article from The Florida Bar News about the App.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on providing superior, personal service to assist their clients in helping them reach their goals by providing high quality legal services.

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Caroline Black Sikorske, Esq. Presenter at the AAML National Meeting on Unique Valuation Issues

On November 10, 2017, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske co-presented on Unique Valuation Issues at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyerse (AAML) National Meeting in Chicago, IL.  Click on the links below to see pictures.  Congratulations, Caroline!

  

What makes families resilient?

It can be easier to thrive in good times, but how do families thrive when things are not going as planned?  Click on the link below to read about how some families not only bounce back from adversity but also grow from it.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta focus exclusively on marital and family law so they can help parents work towards resiliency during major family transitions.

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How to Co-Parent with a Narcissist

Raising children is a joy as well as a challenge.  Child-rearing challenges can be amplified when one or both of the parents face mental health issues; however, they are not insurmountable when adaptations and support mechanisms are in place. Click on the link below to read one psychologist’s suggestions on effective co-parenting with someone diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are experienced in providing high quality legal services to clients facing all types of co-parenting challenges.

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A Primer on Communicating Effectively with Your Attorney

An attorney-client relationship can be powerful provided the communication between them is effective.  Click on the link below to read an article with seven tips on how to successfully communicate with your attorney.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on maximizing communication with their clients to provide superior legal services and counseling.

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At the End of Your Case: How to Save Time, Money, and Future Litigation

The entry of a final judgment in a case may give a sense of conclusion, but typically there is additional work to be done to wrap up loose ends.  Click on the link below to read an article with things you should consider as your divorce case comes to an end.  The Attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are experienced in providing high quality legal assistance in post-judgment matters.

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Video Available of AAML Facebook Live video on Alimony with Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske as Co-Presenter

Did you miss the May 25, 2017 AAML Facebook Live presentation on Alimony with Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske as a co-presenter?  Not to worry!  A video of the presentation is still available for viewing.  Click on the link below to watch.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta practice exclusively in the area of marital and family law to offer clients superior, personalized, and high-quality legal services.

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Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske Co-Presenting at AAML Seminar on Alimony

On May 25, 2017, Attorney Caroline Black Sikorske will be co-presenting at an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers seminar on what alimony looks like in the modern era.  You can find out more about the event by clicking here.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta practice exclusively in the area of marital and family law to offer clients superior, personalized, and high-quality legal services.

Supreme Court Amends the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar to accommodate the Collaborative Law Process

On May 18, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion amending the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar effective July 1, 2017 to accommodate the collaborative law process.  Click on the link below to read the Florida Supreme Court opinion.  Collaborative law is an alternative dispute resolution process which normally costs less time, money, and stress and affords participants increased opportunities to creatively resolve their differences.  Click here to read more about collaborative law.  Although the attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta continue to practice and are experienced in traditional litigation, they recognize the benefits, both financial and emotional, of not going to court.

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Is the proposed Florida Alimony Reform legislation dead for 2017?

There is pending legislation to significantly modify Florida’s alimony laws in both the house and the senate.  However, it appears that both bills have died or are about to die in legislative committees.  Click on the links below to read an article summarizing the current status of each bill and also to read the contents of each bill.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta pride themselves on staying abreast of pending legislation which may affect their clients.

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Senate Bill 412

House Bill 283

As they Dig Deeper into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

Part-time or full-time stay-at-home parents can be any gender.  Since 1965, fathers have more than doubled their family-involvement and, as such, there is a growing community of stay-at-home dads seeking resources to make the most of their fatherly-role.  Click on the link below to read an article about the phenomenon.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta are experienced in representing clients fulfilling all types of parenting roles.

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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 superior, personalized service to assist their clients’ unique family law needs.

Mothers and Family Leave

Fathers and Family Leave

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 of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA pride themselves on providing top quality legal services to clients with all forms of family law issues.

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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 legal representation and counseling to clients experiencing all types of co-parenting issues.

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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 clients of all ages whose marriages have become irretrievably broken.

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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 dissolution of marriage, they are trained in the collaborative divorce process, a cooperative model for resolving disputes without adversarial court proceedings.  Click on the link below to read more about collaborative law.

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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 on the link to read more.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA practice exclusively in the area of marital and family law, representing clients in a wide range of family law matters.

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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 attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA provide qualified and personalized representation to clients involved in all aspects of the establishment, enforcement, or modification of a parenting plan.

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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 Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA are experienced in addressing family law matters involving veterans, active duty military, military reservists, military spouses, and former military spouses.

Howell v. Howell, Docket No. 15-1031

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Governor Scott Vetoes Senate Bill 668

On April 15, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed Senate Bill 668 titled “An act relating to family law.”  Had SB 668 become law, it would have made changes to Florida’s laws relating to alimony and timesharing.  Click on the link below to read the Governor’s letter regarding his veto.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA stay abreast of the latest changes to laws affecting their clients.

Governor’s Letter re Veto of SB 668

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 at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA continue to practice and are experienced in the traditional litigation-based dissolution of marriage, they are also trained and experienced in handling matters through Collaborative Law. Florida’s new Collaborative Law Process Act and more about Collaborative Divorce are available by clicking the links below.

Collaborative Law Process Act (HB 967)

Collaborative Divorce

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 how to navigate the tax season as a new or soon-to-be divorcee. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA are skilled at representing clients facing all types of family law-related legal issues.

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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 their differences.  The House unanimously passed HB 967 on February 24, 2016.  The Senate has an identical bill (SB 972) actively pending.  To track the progress of HB 967, click here.  To track the progress of SB 972, click here. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA track pending legislation which may affect their client’s interests.

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 its current status. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA stay abreast of potential changes in the law which may affect their clients’ interests.

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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.  As a board certified attorney in Marital and Family Law and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, he speaks frequently on family law matters and specializes in handling complex family law matters.

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 and stock options, restricted shares, and other employee benefits.  Mr. Caballero is board certified in Marital and Family Law and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  He speaks frequently on family law matters and specializes in handling complex family law matters.  To register or for more information, please click here.

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 the children’s unique best interests, in the hopes of helping to reduce parental conflict relating to timesharing of children.  Click on the link below to read the AAML’s Child Centered Residential Guidelines.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA are experienced in representing clients who are seeking to draft or modify parenting plans.

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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 law matters involving children of all ages.

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10 Ways You Can Help Someone Going Through a Divorce

Friends and family are often anxious to help someone experiencing a change in relationship status but they often do not know how to best express their support.  Click on the link below to read one author’s ten suggestions on how to best support a loved on during what is likely one of the most difficult times of his/her life.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA provides individualized, understanding, and responsive legal representation to clients facing changes in their relationship statuses.

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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.

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 clients whose relationships have become irretrievably broken.

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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 to their clients.

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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 abundance in responses to hone in on the necessary information needed to best present your case.  Congratulations, Alex!

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage.  Click on the link below to read more.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA pride themselves on staying abreast of changes in local, state-wide, and national laws which affect their clients.

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Alimony Bill Dies in Waning Days

May 1, 2015 marked the end of Florida’s 2015 legislative session and the end to two pending family law-related bills:  one which proposed major changes to the current alimony laws and the other which would have standardized the practice of collaborative law in Florida.  Click on the link below to read an article discussing the bills and their statuses as of May 1st.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on staying abreast of legislation which may impact its clients.

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Law may ease divorce proceedings

Bills are pending in Florida’s legislature which, if pass, would establish collaborative divorce throughout Florida.  Click on the link below to read an article about the pending legislation.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA has extensive experience in collaborative divorce

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Judge Allows NY Woman to Service Divorce Notice Using Facebook

Use of the internet and social media has changed our world.  The most recently, a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice permitted a wife to serve her husband with a divorce summons using a private message through Facebook.  Click on the links below to read more about this New York case.  If you have any questions regarding proper service of documents in your case, you should consult with a qualified family law attorney.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on staying abreast of unique developments in family law.

New York Wife Can Serve Divorce Papers via Facebook

New York Judge Permits Service of Divorce Papers via Facebook

Florida lawmaker prepares alimony overhaul bill

A bill modifying Florida’s existing alimony laws is expected to be filed within the next two weeks.  Click on the link below to read an article describing the latest events in Florida’s alimony reform movement.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on staying abreast of current events likely to impact its clients.

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True romance? Why this couple is getting divorced on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day inspires many to travel to indulgent locations to celebrate love and romance.  One couple is traveling to a New York Resort & Spa on Valentine’s Day 2015 to finalize their divorce.  Click on the link to read more.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA exclusively focuses its practice on marital and family law which includes assisting clients in dissolving marriages according to their unique circumstances and needs.

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Pro Bono and Reduced-Fee Legal Resources and Opportunities

Financial circumstances can limit an individual’s ability to secure private legal assistance.  Numerous pro bono (free) or reduced-fee legal organizations and opportunities exist throughout the Tampa Bay Area to help members of the local community with various legal issues.  Click here for a list.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA is proud to support and promote programs and projects that assist to the poor and disadvantaged of Tampa Bay.

 

First Florida Same-Sex Divorce Granted by Judge

On December 17, 2014, Broward County Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen granted the first divorce of a same-sex couple in Florida.  Judge Cohen also held Florida’s 2008 ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.  Click on the link to read more.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are experienced in representing clients with all types of family law issues.

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Co-Parenting through the Holidays

Holidays are exciting and busy times, and things can become even more complicated when a child’s parents are living in separate households.  Click on the link below to read some suggestions on how to help children enjoy the best holiday celebration possible when celebrating in two homes.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA offers top-quality legal assistance to clients experiencing all types of co-parenting challenges.

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Florida Supreme Court Administrative Order re Parenting Coordination

On November 14, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court issued an Administrative Order modifying procedural and registration requirements for Parenting Coordinators and court circuits throughout the State of Florida regarding the parenting coordination qualification process.  Click on the link below to read the administrative order.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA pride themselves on staying current on changes in law and procedures which may affect their clients.  For more on parenting coordination, click here.

Administrative Order SC14-64

Updated List of Approved Parenting Class Providers

Section 61.21, Florida Statutes, requires all parents of minor children involved in a divorce or paternity proceeding to attend a state-approved course to help them focus on what is in their children’s best interest before, during, and after resolution of their court case.  There is no restriction on who may attend these classes – so individuals contemplating marriage or divorce or simply interested in learning how to support their friends and loved ones involved in a court proceeding may attend as well.  Click on the link below to see a list of approved course providers (updated as of October 23, 2014).  As Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA’s focus is exclusively marital and family law, we pride ourselves on staying abreast of all types of resources available to assist our clients and their families before, during, and after resolution of their family law issues.

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Why Your Grandparents are Divorcing

Statistics show that, in 2014, people over the age of 50 are twice as likely to divorce as people of similar age in 1990.  This trend could carry a significant cost not only for the parties but their families as well. Click on the link below to read an article about the phenomena.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are experienced in representing clients of all ages whose are parties to dissolution of marriage proceedings.

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Florida gay-rights groups push for same-sex marriage on adoption anniversary

Four years ago, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals overturned Florida’s 33-year old ban on adoption by same-sex couples.  On the anniversary of that ruling, gay rights advocates are calling for a recognition of the rights of same-sex couples to marry and divorce in Florida.  Click on the link below to read a recent article on the latest events.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on staying abreast of the latest issues in society and the law that may affect its clients.

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How to Plan Your Divorce

While it is common to spend months – or longer – planning a wedding, it is generally uncommon to spend any time planning a divorce.  Nevertheless, a little planning can help ease the transition from married to unmarried life.  Click on the link below to read six suggestions on how to plan for a divorce.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing personalized legal advice and representation to clients anticipating or facing all types of family law issues.

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Tampa Judge Dismisses Same Sex Divorce Case

On May 9, 2014, a Hillsborough County judge dismissed a petition for the dissolution of a same sex marriage holding the court did not have jurisdiction to dissolve the marriage because the marriage was not recognized under Florida law.  Click on the link to read a news article about the decision.  The case is now on appeal to the Second District Court of Appeals.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA pride themselves on staying abreast of news and events that may affect their clients.

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Gay Couples Entitled to Equal Family Health Coverage, Fed Says

The federal government recently stated that insurers must offer same-sex couples the same health benefits offered to heterosexual couples.  Click on the link below to read an article about this recent decision.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA represent clients confronting any number of family law issues.

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California man who hid assets to avoid paying support gets 17 year prison term

A man in Sacramento County, California who declared bankruptcy and hid his assets to avoid paying child support and alimony, was recently sentenced to a prison term of over 17 years.  Click on the link below to read the article.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA’s attorneys are skilled at representing clients with support-related issues.

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When an Ex-Spouse Attempts to Get Your Credit Report

People typically share confidential and sensitive information with spouses and paramours.  When couples separate or divorce, that personal information may be misused.  Click on the link below to read an article by the Experian credit reporting agency about what can be done if a former confidant, like a former spouse, attempts to retrieve your credit report.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA strive to be responsive to their clients and sensitive to the clients’ unique needs.

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Worsening U.S. Divorce Rate Points to Improving Economy

Recent trends are showing birth rates and divorce rates on the rise which are indicative if an improving economy.  Click on the link below to read an article about the phenomenon.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA dedicates itself to professional and high quality legal services for clients facing all types of family law issues.

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Removing ex-spouse’s name from your credit report

It is not uncommon for there to be follow-up tasks to be completed after a divorce is finalized.  One of those items may be to update a credit report to reflect the change in marital status.  Click on the link below to read an article by the Experian credit reporting agency about how to remove a former spouse’s name from your credit report.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA strives to be worthy of its clients complete confidence by staying abreast of issues relevant to their unique situations.

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Divorce and Credit

Obtaining a divorce oftentimes does not affect contractual agreements for loans, credit cards, lines of credit, or other liabilities.  Click on the link below to read two articles published by the Experian credit reporting agency about some credit-related challenges divorce may present.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA believes in individualized representation because each client’s situation is unique.

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Four steps you can take if you think your credit or debit card data was hacked

Unfortunately, credit troubles are not unheard of in today’s society.  Click on the link below to read a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau article with four suggestions on steps you can take if you think your credit or debit card information has been compromised.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA pride themselves on staying abreast of issues that may arise in family law proceedings.

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Credit Reports and Divorce

It is not unusual for a couple’s finances to become intertwined during a marriage often resulting in challenges while untangling those finances during a divorce.  A divorced or divorcing person may want to consider ordering his or her credit report(s) to ensure all liabilities or debts have been appropriately divided or otherwise addressed.  Click on the link below to read more about credit reports, their importance, and how to order them.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on offering personalized and high-quality legal services to its clients to help them address their various family law issues.

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Is a Presumption of Equal Time Sharing in the Best Interests of Children? A Child Centered Developmental Perspective

A bill was introduced during the 2013 legislative session that would changed Florida law to create a presumption in favor of equal timesharing between parents and children.  The law did not pass; nevertheless, a similar bill may be proposed in upcoming 2014 legislative session.  Is it in the best interest of a child for judges to presume that the child should spend equal time with his/her parents?  Click on the link to read an article in which three psychologists’ answer to that question based on a child-centered developmental perspective.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA take pride in staying abreast of changes and potential changes to marital and family laws.

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Colorado ballot measure proposes education classes to marry

A California based group called “Kids Against Divorce” has proposed a ballot measure which, if successful, would require all Colorado brides- and grooms-to-be to attend at least 10 hours of pre-wedding marriage education classes.  The required class time would increase to 20 or 30 hours for those marrying for the second or third times respectively.  Click on the link to read more about the initiative.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA take pride in providing top-quality legal representation to clients whose marriages are irretrievably broken regardless of the pre-marriage education or counseling they received.

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5 Tips About Late-Life Divorce and Your Money

When a divorce occurs at or near normal retirement age, some unique financial challenges may emerge.  Click on the link below to read one author’s five suggested issues individuals divorcing after the age of 50 should contemplate.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA  prides itself on its superior, personal service to its clients of all ages.

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Florida Divorce and Social Security Benefits

Individuals divorcing later in life have unique concerns, including whether they may claim a portion of a former spouse’s social security benefits.  Click on the link below to read answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the possible effect of divorce on social security benefits.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA pride themselves on their knowledge of topics of concern for clients of all ages whose marriages are dissolving.

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IRS Publication 504 – Divorced or Separated Individuals

Recently separated or divorced individuals have a lot of things to think about, including how their new marital status may impact their federal taxes.  The Internal Revenue Service has published “Publication 504” which provides information and explanations relating to tax rules, general filing information, and deductions that apply for divorced or separated individuals.  Click on the link below to access the publication.  Reading an IRS publication is not a valid substitute for obtaining advice from a qualified tax advisor and you should consult one if you have questions.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing individualized legal representation to clients before, during, and after their dissolution of marriage.

IRS Publication 504

Baby boomer divorce rate doubles

A recent study has revealed that divorce rates for couples over 50 years of age have doubled in the past two decades.  In 1990 fewer than one in 10 people who divorced were 50 or over while in 2009 that number changed to one in four.  Click on the link below to read more about this trend.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are skilled at representing clients of all ages facing a dissolution of marriage.

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Alimony reform advocates retooling legislation

Multiple attempts have been made over the past few years to revise Florida’s alimony laws.  Florida’s house and senate passed a bill last session that would have, among other things, modified existing alimony laws; however, the governor ultimately vetoed the bill.  Advocates for alimony reform are already working on proposed legislation for the upcoming legislative session.  Click on the link below to read an article discussing the efforts to reform alimony in Florida.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on staying abreast of changes in Florida law and providing superior legal representation to clients with spousal support or alimony concerns.

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Contemplating Divorce: Break Ups are Harder and Easier Today Thanks to Social Media

Social media, such as websites like Facebook and Twitter, provide an almost constant connection to others which can both simplify and complicate the end to a relationship.  Click on the link below to read one other’s observations on how social media can help and hurt break ups.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are skilled in representing individuals whose relationships have ended due to social media or any other number of reasons.

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The 5 Worst Mistakes Made During a Divorce

Times of transition in a relationship can be stressful, particularly when the relationship is ending.  There are a variety of ways to handle stress, some more healthy than others.  Click on the link to read one author’s suggestions of five things to avoid during a divorce.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA prides itself on providing superior legal representation to clients involved in a dissolution of marriage. Read More

The Etiquette of Divorce

While each culture has unwritten and unspoken rules to govern marriage, they also have them for divorce.  Click on the link below to read an article that discusses the etiquette of divorce in the United States.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing superior legal assistance to clients navigating the sometimes troubled waters of family law.  READ MORE

Keeping Holidays Joyous In Divided Family

It is not unusual for parents living under separate roofs to experience difficulties when sharing their children’s time during the holiday season.  Click on the link below to read one author’s suggestions on how to promote comfort and joy while co-parenting during what is often the busiest time of the year.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing superior legal representation to parents facing all types of co-parenting challenges.

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How to Help Your Child Cope with Divorce

When parents separate, it is stressful on everyone – particularly their children.  Below is a link to an article that provides an author’s seven suggestions to how to help children navigate the transition from living in one household to two.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are skilled in assisting clients with parenting plan, parental responsibility, and timesharing issues.

 

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Top 5 Regrets of Divorced People

Learning from other people’s mistakes can help someone avoid those same pitfalls.  A recent study revealed that most divorced people can narrow their past relationship regrets to five areas.  Click on the link below to read more about the study results. Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing superior legal representation to clients whose relationships have become irreconcilably broken despite their best efforts.

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Considerations for Armed Forces Members and their Families

Life changing events such as having a child, adopting a child, marriage, or divorce, may have an impact on military benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, or retirement pay for the military member or his/her dependents.  The U.S. Office of Personnel Management provides a website to discuss life events and their potential impact on military benefits.   Click on the link below to visit the website.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, P.A. prides itself on providing superior legal representation to clients facing family law issues pertaining to service in the armed forces.

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Graying Divorces: What Boomers Need to Know to Protect Their Assets

Many baby boomers are experiencing a major life change in addition to retirement:  divorce.  The financial issues common to a divorce may complicate if the division a baby boomer’s retirement funds becomes a pivotal issue during the dissolution of his/her marriage.  Click on the link below to read an article highlighting issues a retirement aged person may want to contemplate during a divorce.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are experienced in representing clients of all ages and helping them consider all areas that a dissolution of marriage may effect.

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The Divorce Process

A decision to dissolve a marriage can be overwhelming and even more so for those unfamiliar with legal proceedings. Click on the link below to read an excerpt from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ publication “Divorce Manual: A Client Handbook” in which divorce proceedings are generally described and some frequently asked questions are answered. The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA educate each client on what to expect during each stage of his/her case.

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Cyberspace Grandparenting Eases Divorce

Changes in the parents’ relationship can affect other family members’ relationships, particularly those between grandparents and grandchildren. Attached is an article providing suggestions on how to use technology to help maintain meaningful relationships for children who share time in multiple households. Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA’s attorneys stay abreast of current technological trends to assist their clients in facilitating healthy relationships for their children.

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Parenting and Divorce

Children are a precious resource.  To help preserve that irreplaceable resource, the Florida Bar published a pamphlet titled “Parenting and Divorce” which informs Florida’s citizens on Florida laws relating to parents’ duties to children and the development of parenting plans during dissolution of marriage proceedings.  Click on the link below for a copy of the pamphlet.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are skilled at representing clients with parental responsibility and parenting plan issues in paternity and dissolution of marriage actions.

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The Impact of Divorce on Young Children and Adolescents

Times of change can be taxing for all people – regardless of age.  This article provides insight into the perspectives of young children and adolescents during a dissolution of their parents’ marriage and suggests how parents may ease their children’s transition into a new family structure.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on skillfully assisting its clients in developing parenting plans unique to their families’ circumstances.

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The Grey Divorce

Divorces in older couples, many of whom have spent several decades together, are becoming increasingly common phenomena.  This article explores some reasons why couples decide to part ways later in life and some unique issues those divorces present.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing superior legal representation to clients whose marriages have come to an end early in life, late in life, or somewhere in-between.

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How to Best Acknowledge a Divorce

The holidays have come to represent a time to catch up with friends and family.  Below is an article that provides some suggestions on how to best react if you learn through the grapevine that a friend or loved one’s marriage is coming to an end.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA strives to provide superior legal representation to those facing all types of family law issues in all seasons of life.

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Divorced? Avoid Holiday Children Tug-of-War

Co-parenting when the parents live under separate roofs can be tricky, especially during an emotional time like the holidays.  Below is an article that provides four suggestions to promote harmonious holiday timesharing.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on helping its clients coordinate timesharing during the holidays so everyone can enjoy a season full of comfort and joy.

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Happy Post-Divorce Holidays

The holiday season can be daunting for people who have recently ended a relationship.  Click on the link below for some suggestions on making the season merry as a newly single person.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA wishes everyone health, happiness, and joy throughout the holiday season.

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Divorce Over 50: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

A recent study reported that the divorce rate for persons over 50 has doubled.  For spouses who are in their 50s and above, making a financial misstep during a dissolution of marriage proceeding may greatly impact financial security during retirement.  Click on the link below to read an article discussing three topics persons divorcing later in life should consider.  As each person’s financial circumstances are unique, it is always best to consult with a licensed marital and family law attorney and a qualified tax advisor prior to making any decisions.   The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA are well-informed of the financial considerations their clients of all ages should make during a dissolution of marriage.

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Florida Supreme Court Approved Marital Settlement Agreements

A Marital Settlement Agreement puts in writing all the aspects of the divorcing parties’ settlement.  Topics covered in the Marital Settlement Agreement include the division of the parties’ assets and liabilities (called “equitable distribution”), alimony, child support, payment of attorney’s fees and costs, and any other items to which the parties have agreed.  Agreements regarding parental responsibility and timesharing are typically included in a parenting plan referenced within the Marital Settlement Agreement and attached as an exhibit.  The Florida Supreme Court has approved three generic Marital Settlement Agreement forms (12.902(f)(1) – 12.902(f)(3)) to help divorcing parties think through the financial issues they face:  (1) Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Dependent or Minor Child(ren); (2) Marital Settlement Agreement for Dissolution of Marriage with Property but No Dependent or Minor Child(ren); and (3) Marital Settlement Agreement for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing its clients facing the complexities of divorce with excellent legal representation.

Marital Settlement Agreement – With Minor Children

Marital Settlement Agreement – With Property but Without Minor Children

Marital Settlement Agreement – Simplified Dissolution of Marriage (no property or minor children)

Florida Supreme Court Family Law Forms Website

Struggling Economy Complicates Divorce and Child Custody Cases says Survey

Dividing property including real estate, vehicles, financial accounts, stocks, and businesses during a divorce can be difficult.  While many couples can agree to a division, at times an amicable resolution may not be feasible.  To help avoid a financially and emotionally costly litigation, it is important to prioritize after carefully considering the big picture because not everything is worth a fight, particularly in an unfavorable economy.   Caroline Black is a member of the AAML, a highly regarded organization devoted to providing leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA believes in individualized representation to assist its clients in efficiently and prudently meeting their priorities during the division of their marital estates.

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How to Find a Lawyer in Florida

Sometimes family situations arise which necessitate seeking advice from a qualified attorney.  Choosing an attorney is an important decision.  There are many factors that should be considered prior to determining who could best assist in resolving the legal issues.  The Florida Bar has published a pamphlet to help individuals in the attorney selection process.  Please click on the link below to view the pamphlet.  The attorneys at Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, P.A. continuously work hard to achieve excellence, bringing a beneficial mix of educational, legal, litigation, legislative, and public service experiences to their clients’ cases.

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Talking to Children about Divorce

Times of transition can be stressful for the entire family, particularly for children.  Although it may be difficult to know what and how much to say, it is important to speak to children about family transformations and how it affects them.  Below are links to professional organizations who offer advice on how families can engage in age-appropriate discussions about their changing circumstances.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA strives to provide superior legal assistance to its clients facing all forms of family transitions.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Pediatrics

Florida Supreme Court Approved Parenting Plan Forms

Parents living in separate households experience many challenging situations.  The Florida Supreme Court has approved three generic parenting plan forms (12.995 Forms (A)-(C)) to help separated parents think through the issues they face:  (A) A general Parenting Plan for when the parents live close to each other; (B) A Supervised/Safety-Focused Parenting Plan for when the child’s safety is a concern; and (C) A Relocation/Long Distance Parenting Plan for when the parents live a long distance from each other.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing parents facing the complexities of co-parenting with top-quality legal representation.

Florida Supreme Court Approved Parenting Plan Form

Florida Supreme Court Approved Safety-Focused Parenting Plan Form

Florida Supreme Court Approved Relocation/Long-Distance Parenting Plan Form

Florida Supreme Court Family Law Forms Website

Chinese Law Could Make Divorced Women Homeless

China’s Supreme Court has interpreted the 1980 Marriage Law to say that property purchased prior to the marriage automatically reverted to the buyer upon divorce.  In China, men traditionally provide the family home upon marriage.  This means that, effective August 13, 2011 when the court’s interpretation came into effect, many Chinese women face the possibility of automatically losing their homes upon divorce.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA makes every effort to protect its clients’ rights in all family law issues they face.

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How Divorce Lost Its Groove

Divorce statistics have followed a steady downward slope since their 1980 peak.  A 2010 study reveals that currently only 11 percent of college-educated Americans divorce within the first 10 years, compared with almost 37 percent of the rest of the population.  No matter where its clients fall within the statistics, Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta PA makes every effort to provide them with exceptional legal representation.

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Divorce Hits Tampa Bay the Hardest

A recent report shows that the rate of divorce in Tampa Bay is the highest in Florida and one of the highest in the entire country.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing its clients facing the uncertainty of divorce with superior representation.

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Disclosure Statement: Marriage Dissolution Introduction

If you and your spouse are considering the Collaborative process you should consider these pros and cons when deciding whether to participate in Collaborative Law

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In movies, no marriage woes are irreconcilable

Although movies may depict most relationships as salvageable, that may not always be the case. Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on providing superior legal representation for persons facing all types of marital and family law issues when their stories don’t have a happily ever after ending.

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Top 10 Reasons for Divorce in America

Although couples work hard at preserving their marriage, sometimes its end is inevitable.  Click on the link below to see author Warren Alder’s (of “The War of the Roses”) top 10 reasons for divorce in America.  Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA prides itself on its superior, personal service to its clients who are facing divorce.

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Top 10 Songs about Divorce

There are songs about every aspect of life:  birth, death, love, strife, and even divorce.  Click on the link below to see author Warren Alder’s (of “The War of the Roses”) top 10 songs about divorce.  The attorneys of Sessums Black Caballero Ficarrotta, PA provide professional and high quality legal services to their clients who face the wide range of legal matters related to divorce.

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Divorce Procedures – What to Expect…

To assist you in understanding the procedures of a divorce, here is an outline of what occurs in a more “typical” divorce.

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