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How Divorce Can Affect Your Health

Posted on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Divorce is only second to the death of a spouse on the stress scale of adult life events. It disrupts a person's finances, living arrangements, personal relationships, schedules, and parenting access, among many other aspects of day-to-day living. This disruption can last several months or go on for years. The chaos and stress of going through a divorce along with the aftermath of one can adversely affect a man's health. 

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What is a deposition?

Posted on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Your deposition is permitted as part of the discovery process. This means that you will be placed under oath and an opposing lawyer will ask you questions about this lawsuit. A court reporter will make a record of the questions asked and your answers. This record is later transcribed to written form. In some instances, your deposition may be recorded on videotape for use in the courtroom. Your attorney will be present at all times during this deposition. There will be no judge present. Once the court reporter has transcribed the questions and answers given, a copy is provided to your attorney and to the opposing lawyer. Your attorney will notify you when the transcript is available, and you will have an opportunity to review your responses and make corrections to the transcript. Usually, after you have had an opportunity to review the transcript, the court reporter files the original transcript with the court. If your case goes to trial, your deposition will probably be used in court, especially in cross examination by the opposing lawyer. For example, if your testimony at trial is different from the testimony that you gave at your deposition, the opposing lawyer may attempt to use this difference to show that you are not a reliable or truthful witness.

Why is my deposition being taken?

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Tried & True Tips for Testifying

Posted on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Do you have a court day quickly approaching and you are under stress about giving your testimony? While testifying poorly can deeply hurt your case, it’s something that can be easily prevented. By following these 10 steps straight from our experienced attorneys, you will be able to prepare yourself to give an effective testimony.

1. Be Respectful. Always address the Judge as “Your honor” “Sir” ”Ma’am” or “Judge.”

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Bridge The Gap Alimony

Posted on Wed, Sep 03, 2014

Normally bridge the gap alimony is terminable upon re-marriage. Bridge the gap alimony is one of several forms of alimony in the state of Florida.  However, the parties come to an agreement where that bridge the gap alimony is non-modifiable, and then it does not terminate upon re-marriage.  Have a lawyer read the language carefully.  If the language of the marital settlement agreement, read as a whole, unambiguously sets the terms of alimony, then the agreement cannot be altered by statute. 
 

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Litigation and Mediation

Posted on Tue, Sep 02, 2014

Family law litigation is a very stressful time in a person's life.  Any litigation is stressful but family law, which deals with things such as divorce, custody, alimony, and similar issues are much more personal than many areas of law.  When one hires an attorney, it is important to remember that the product an attorney sells is their time.  Most companies sell something that you can touch.  That is not true for most law firms.  Whenever a person at a law firm works on your case, you should usually expect to be billed.  To try and keep your bill manageable, try to be as organized as possible with every contact that you have with your firm.  It is probably a good practice to try and lump a bunch of questions together before you actually make a phone call.  Sometimes, clients are shocked to see that law firms charge for e-mail time and telephone calls.  Remember, all of this takes time and time is the product.  At Kenny Leigh & Associates, we try to be as cost effective as possible.  From time to time, we will send you informational memos letting you know the status of your case.  We do not bill for these informational memos.  We will also keep you informed of what is going on through letters.  When a hearing is scheduled, you will be instructed when and where the hearing is as well as a time for you to prepare with the appropriate person.  

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