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NEW: We can Modify your Student Loan

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Goodblatt · Leo is proud to announce that it is now offering to modify student loans through the new Student Loan Modification program (“SLM”). What’s the new Student Loan Modification program? The United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Florida is the first Bankruptcy Court in the U.S. to offer this program. … Read More »

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Why You Need to Consider A Collaborative Divorce Even if You Think You Don’t Need One

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

You might be thinking that a Collaborative Process is not a process that you need for your divorce.  If you and your spouse have agreed to everything concerning your children, the division of assets and liabilities, support, etc., then you probably don’t need the Collaborative Process.  If you haven’t resolved all issues, whether a… Read More »

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How Do I Prepare for Mediation in My Divorce?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Most counties in Florida require divorce cases to go to mediation before the matter is tried.  The hope is that all, or at least some, of the issues will be resolved at mediation without Court intervention. So, how do I prepare for mediation? Work with your attorney to prepare for mediation. Schedule a time… Read More »

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What Kind of Mediator is the Best Fit for Your Divorce?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

When you divorce through mediation, you choose to work with a neutral third party to reach an appropriate divorce settlement through a series of guided, productive discussions with your spouse. Not all mediators approach these discussions the same way; some are far more “hands on” than others. Whether you and your spouse would benefit… Read More »

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Classifying Marital and Nonmarital Property

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

When a married couple gets divorced in the Orlando area, part of the divorce process involves property division or property distribution. This is a process in which the court divides marital assets and liabilities according to a theory known as equitable distribution. When property is distributed equitably, it is divided between the parties in… Read More »

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Can the State Harass Me Over Child Support After a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

When you file for bankruptcy, the automatic stay goes into effect. This is a stop on all debt collection attempts from your creditors. It is meant to give you some “breathing room” as you work through the bankruptcy process. There are two notable exceptions to this stop: collection attempts for child support and collection… Read More »

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Can an Out of State Domestic Violence Order Affect My Florida Parental Rights?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Any presence of domestic violence in your life, whether it is an isolated incident that occurred in your past, a restraining order, or a criminal charge, can affect your parental rights in Florida. It does not matter if your charge or restraining order is from another state. Although Florida typically creates timesharing arrangements that… Read More »

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Do I Still Have to Pay Alimony if I File for Bankruptcy?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

If you have an alimony order, you are familiar with the financial pressure it can put on you each month, especially when you are also dealing with personal debt. Though it can be tempting to just ignore your alimony order or pay less than you are required to pay, do not give into this… Read More »

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How will Bankruptcy Affect my Credit Report?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

Here is the short answer: your bankruptcy case will remain on your credit report for several years and it will reduce your credit score initially, but it will improve. There is no way around these facts; they are simply part of the bankruptcy process and something you agree to when you file for bankruptcy…. Read More »

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How Does a Divorce Settlement Affect a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

By Amy E. Goodblatt |

There are many ways your divorce settlement can affect your Chapter 13 bankruptcy and vice versa.  Completing Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a lengthy process, typically taking three to five years to complete. During this time, many aspects of your life may change, including a possibility of divorce. If you are working through Chapter 13… Read More »

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