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September 2015 Archives

Relocation of Children in a Timesharing Agreement

Shared parenting plans may be difficult enough to maintain without one parent considering moving. Some parents may assume that since they are the custodial parent they have the right to move with the children. This is false. Relocating with children, or moving more than 50 miles away from the previous residence for at least 60 days with a minor child who is subject to timesharing with another parent, requires court approval. If you have questions regarding relocating with your children contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our family law attorneys.

The Real Cost of a DUI

If you or anyone you know has ever received a DUI you know that the real cost of the DUI is significantly higher than the fine Florida law assigns. Once you calculate the fines, court fees, attorney fees and more the real cost of a DUI is significantly higher than the fine printed on your ticket. The real cost may vary depending on the specific case, for example, if a minor under the age of 15 is in the vehicle the fine may reach $10,000 even if it is your first offense. In Florida it is considered a DUI offense if you drive, attempt to drive or are in control of the vehicle (yes, this includes sleeping in the car with the keys in your possession) if the level of alcohol, drugs or prescribed medication is over the prescribed or legal limit (the BAC limit is .08). The attorneys at Platt Hopwood are here to examine the cost of a DUI and let you know how to minimize them.

How to Survive and Thrive in Court

Typically there are long months of motions, mediations and prep before two parties have their day in court. The date of the trial may seem far away at times, but it can creep up faster than expected. Odds are that the impending trial has your stomach in knots and your stress at the maximum level. Here are a few basic tips for your day in court.