Family Law

Tax implications of divorce

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / November 15, 2021 /

It may never be a good time to file for divorce but thinking about the tax consequences of changing your marital status may influence the timing of a divorce. The IRS recommends all married couples determine whether filing jointly versus filing separately would result in a lower combined tax in cases where both spouses have…

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Grandparent visitation rights with minor children

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / October 15, 2021 /

A variety of circumstances may cause a minor child’s grandparents to seek visitation rights. Under Fla. Stat section §752.011, a grandparent can file a petition for visitation with a minor child in cases where one or both parents are deceased, missing or in a persistent vegetative state, or where one is deceased, missing or in…

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Parental Consent in Instances of Minors Seeking Therapy

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / September 28, 2021 /

As mental health resources are becoming more widely available and accepted, children may wish to seek therapy to process an array of issues at school, home, or the general hardships of growing up. Before a child can access mental health services, does the minor need consent from parents under Florida Law? The short answer is…

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Florida Paternity Law

Paternity Actions & Laws in Florida

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / August 25, 2021 /

In Florida, paternity is governed by Chapter 742, Florida Statutes.  A Petition to Determine Paternity should be filed by a birth mother or father to ask the court to establish paternity, a time-sharing schedule, and/or child support of a minor child or children.  Essentially, this means that you are trying to legally establish who is…

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Unmarried Couples Rights in Florida

Rights of Unmarried Couples Under Florida Law

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / July 30, 2021 /

Many unmarried couples who live in Florida wonder whether they have any rights similar to that of married couples.  Sometimes a couple may share a life together but choose not to marry.  Couples who hold themselves out to the public as married, have joint accounts, have children, and share a meaningful life together rightfully want…

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Florida Family Law and Required Discovery

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / June 25, 2021 /

Are you a party to a family law proceeding?  As you are well aware, going through a family law proceeding is stressful and mentally exhausting.  To add to the stress, the law requires parties to a family law proceeding (whether it is divorce, paternity, custody, or a modification case) to produce detailed financial discovery under…

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Mediation in Family Law Cases in Florida

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / May 25, 2021 /

Mediation is a great way to resolve a pending legal battle, especially when this legal battle is a family matter, such as dissolution of marriage, a timesharing dispute, or fight over parental responsibility.  Litigation can turn into a lengthy process that is both emotionally and financially draining.  At the Thomas McDonald Law Firm, we always…

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How Stimulus Payments are Divided in Divorce Proceedings

Stimulus Checks and Divorce in 2021 –
How Stimulus Payments are Divided in Divorce Proceedings

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / April 28, 2021 /

The stimulus payments authorized by Congress this past spring have been a lifesaver for many individuals and families dealing with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief payments of $1,200 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples, and $500 for qualifying children have helped those who lost their jobs due to the crisis to pay…

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Child Support Enforcement in Florida

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / March 30, 2021 /

In most family law proceedings where minor children are involved, one party is usually ordered to pay the other party child support.  Oftentimes, the noncustodial parent (the parent who timeshares with the children less often) is ordered to pay the custodial parent (the parent who timeshares with the children more often) child support.  When a…

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What is Family Law?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / March 3, 2021 /

The Thomas McDonald Law Firm, PL is a firm that specializes in the practice of family law. You may have heard the term “family law” from time to time, but what does family law really mean? Oftentimes clients ask us this question as the term “family law” is not as self-explanatory as it appears. This…

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