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At The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, nothing makes us happier than helping our clients understand their rights and guiding them through their difficult family issues.

Receiving wonderful client feedback, such as Amy’s, is fantastic.

It was our pleasure to help you Amy!

With over 32 years of experience in divorce and family law, as well as being a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law, Gary Dolgin has the expertise you need when facing divorce or any type of family law issue.

If you are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable family law and divorce attorney in Tampa to represent your best interests, you can count on Gary Dolgin to help you.

To schedule a consultation with Gary S. Dolgin, Attorney At Law, call (813) 999-2772 and it will be our pleasure to help you.

To learn more about The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin and to see what his past clients have to say about his exceptional representation, visit:
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F.S. 61.13(2)(C)1 states that it is the public policy of Florida to assure that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage of the parties is dissolved and to encourage parents to share the right, responsibilities, and joys of childrearing.

Similarly, F.S. 61.13(3)(a) lists the “demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required” as the first factor to be considered in determining the child’s best interest.

Each parent must refrain from doing anything that would undermine the other parent’s contacts and relationship with the child and must encourage the child to spend time with the other parent.

Each parent has an affirmative duty to keep the other parent informed and involved.

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with relocation and child custody for over 30 years in the Tampa area.

We have also been committed to protecting children’s best interests while helping to advocate for their parent’s rights.

If you are having any child custody issues such as relocation, determining parental responsibility, time-sharing problems, or any other custody issue that may be causing an unhealthy situation for your child, or negatively affecting your parental rights, we are here to help you.

To schedule a child custody consultation with Gary Dolgin, give us a call at (813) 999-2772, and it will be our pleasure to help you.

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In determining an equitable distribution of the marital assets and liabilities, the court must consider the advisability of “retaining the marital home as a residence for any dependent child of the marriage, or any other party,” if it is in the best interest of the child or party and economically feasible to do so.

During divorce, other things to consider regarding the marital home include:

– Is one spouse willing to convey all interest in the home to the other?

– Do the parties want to sell the property and divide the proceeds?

– Can the parties agree to the exclusive use of the home by one party as alimony or child support?

If you are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney in Tampa to represent your best interests, you can count on Gary Dolgin to help you.

To schedule a consultation with Gary S. Dolgin, Attorney At Law, call (813) 999-2772 and it will be our pleasure to help you.

To see what past clients have to say about retaining Gary Dolgin to represent them during their divorce, and to learn more about divorce, visit:
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Alimony awards are based on several criteria but are ultimately governed by a two-pronged test: the need of the receiving spouse and the ability to pay of the paying spouse.

The standard of living established during the marriage is the most important independent factor.

The threshold question of ability to pay should be determined before any of the other factors are considered.

If a spouse does not have the ability to pay, it matters little to what lifestyle a party has become accustomed or what the party’s physical or mental condition is.

The ability to pay must be established before need.

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we will put our knowledge and 30 years of experience to work for you, whether you are seeking alimony or defending a claim against alimony.

Being Board Certified in Marital and Family Law as well as being a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator sets Gary Dolgin apart. He will put his expertise to work for you and advocate for the best possible result in your alimony case.

To schedule an alimony consultation with Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law in Tampa, Gary S. Dolgin, please call (813) 999-2772, and it will be our pleasure to help you.

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Gary Dolgin’s father, the late Dr. David Dolgin would have celebrated his 92nd birthday tomorrow.

He is missed and remembered warmly by the Dolgin family and those friends and patients who loved him.

Gary shares his touching sentiment in loving memory of his father:

“It is so hard to believe that 14 years ago this month my dad Dr. David Dolgin passed away unexpectedly while traveling with my mother on a three week trip thru Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

When he got sick in Bangkok, he called me and asked me to call his office and reschedule his patients. He was still practicing periodontics one day each week at the age of 77. His patients loved him and did not want him to retire.

My dad was Tampa’s first Board Certified Periodontist. His Board Certification inspired me to become a Board Certified Expert In Marital and Family Law as well.

I miss him everyday. I wish we had more time with each other. I am thankful he had the joy of meeting all of his grandchildren, but I wish he could see them now.

He would have been thrilled to be at my son Corey’s wedding last month but his presence was felt during this special occasion. He would have warmly welcomed Melanie into the family.

He and my mother would have been married 67 years this past December.

Today we remember the wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother that he was.”

– Gary S. Dolgin

To view the special newsletter honoring his memory by The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, you may visit:
Remembering The Late Dr. David Dolgin

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with relocation and child custody for over 30 years in the Tampa area.

We have also been committed to protecting children’s best interests while helping to advocate for their parent’s rights.

It was our pleasure to help Tara when her children were taken out-of-State by their father unlawfully.

We had to act fast and coordinate with law enforcement to ensure the safe return of her children back into her custody.

If you are having any child custody issues such as relocation, determining parental responsibility, time-sharing problems, or any other custody issue that may be causing an unhealthy situation for your child, or negatively affecting your parental rights, we are here to help you.

To schedule a child custody consultation with Gary Dolgin, give us a call at (813) 999-2772, and it will be our pleasure to help you.

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Violations of the time-sharing schedule in the parenting plan, without proper cause, may be punished by contempt of court or other remedies that the court deems appropriate.

Failure to adhere to the time-sharing schedule may also lead the non offending party to seek a modification based on the offending party’s actions or inactions.

The remedy provided due to a party’s refusal to honor time-sharing rights is makeup time-sharing to the non offending party under F.S 61.13(4)(c).

Before ordering makeup time-sharing, however, the court must consider the best interests of the child.

Finding that makeup time-sharing is in the best interest of the child is, by itself, insufficient; the manner in which it is to be imposed must also be in the best interest of the child.

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with relocation and child custody for over 30 years in the Tampa area.

We have also been committed to protecting children’s best interests while helping to advocate for their parent’s rights.

If you are having any child custody issues such as relocation, determining parental responsibility, time-sharing problems, or any other custody issue that may be causing an unhealthy situation for your child, or negatively affecting your parental rights, we are here to help you.

To schedule a child custody consultation with Gary Dolgin, give us a call at (813) 999-2772, and it will be our pleasure to help you.

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Happy New Year!

From all of us here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, wishing everyone a wonderful, healthy and prosperous 2023!

We are grateful to our wonderful fellow colleagues and we are honored to continue to help families in the Tampa Bay community.

To learn more about The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin and to see what his past clients have to say about his exceptional representation, visit:
Family Lawyer in Tampa, Gary S. Dolgin

In any contested dissolution case not settled by stipulation or agreement, the court’s order distributing marital assets and liabilities must be supported by factual findings based on “competent substantial evidence.”

The court’s written order must specifically address the following:

(a) Clear identification of nonmarital assets and ownership interests;

(b) Identification of marital assets, including the individual valuation of significant assets, and designation of which spouse shall be entitled to each asset;

(c) Identification of the martial liabilities and designation of which spouse shall be responsible for each liability; and

(d) Any other findings necessary to advise the parties or the reviewing court of the trial court’s rationale for the distribution of marital assets and allocation of liabilities.

If you are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney in Tampa to represent your best interests, you can count on Gary Dolgin to help you.

To schedule a consultation with Gary S. Dolgin, Attorney At Law, call (813) 999-2772 and it will be our pleasure to help you.

To see what past clients have to say about retaining Gary Dolgin to represent them during their divorce, and to learn more about divorce, visit:
Divorce Lawyer Tampa – Gary S. Dolgin