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Legal Lesson - Experts in Family Law Cases

Posted on Sat, Jun 25, 2011

ABSTRACT:

Expert witnesses are appropriate to use at a hearing or trial if scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact in understanding the evidence or in determining a fact in issue.  A witness can be qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education.  An expert may testify as to relevant facts that he has personal knowledge of and may testify in the form of an opinion.

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Legal Lesson - When you can overcome psychotherapist patient privilege and obtain psychological records

Posted on Sat, Jun 25, 2011

SUMMARY:

Pursuant to Fla. Stat. 90.503, communications between psychotherapists and patients are confidential if they are not intended to be disclosed to third persons other than those persons whose presence is necessary to further treatment, further communication regarding treatment or participating in the diagnosis and treatment.
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Legal Lesson - Spousal Privilege as it relates to a parties new spouse in a modification proceeding

Posted on Sat, Jun 25, 2011

SUMMARY:

A spouse is competent to be a witness in any civil or criminal action in which the other spouse is a party or is otherwise interested.  However, either spouse may refuse to disclose, and may prevent another from disclosing communications that were intended to be confidential between spouses and that were made during the marriage. Marital communications are privileged regardless of whether they arise incident to a marital relationship, and even apply to communications in furtherance of a crime.
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Florida - New Permanent Alimony Law

Posted on Mon, Jun 13, 2011

Effective July 1, 2011 Florida’s new permanent alimony laws go into effect. The Amendments to Florida Statute 61.08 provide additional protections against permanent alimony.

Read The PDF Document Here.

By Kenny Leigh

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Legal Lesson - Guardian Ad Litem, Sections 61.401-405

Posted on Tue, Jun 07, 2011

ABSTRACT: a guardian ad litem (GAL) may be appointed in any action involving the creation, approval, or modification of a parenting plan. the court may make the appointment if it finds it is in the best interests of the minor child(ren). The GAL’s purpose is to be the next of friend of the child but not an advocate of the child.
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