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The Tampa Bay Times requested that Gary Dolgin give his professional legal opinion regarding the 59-page ruling written by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding Andrew Warren’s case.

The story was on the front page of The Tampa Bay Times E-Newspaper this past Thursday.

In August 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren accusing him of “incompetence” and “neglect of duty.”

Warren’s request to be reinstated had been declined by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle.

However, the 59-page opinion, authored by 11th Circuit Judge Jill Pryor critiqued Hinkle’s reasoning and stated that Warren’s suspension violated his First Amendment right to free speech.

In reviewing the opinion, Gary Dolgin is quoted as saying “The appeals court specifically directed the lower court to re-examine whether DeSantis would have suspended Warren based on something he did that was not protected by the First Amendment. That includes Warren’s performance and specifically his policies on bike stops and low-level offenses.”

Gary continues by saying, “My reading of this opinion says that he could potentially only remain suspended if the district court makes a determination that DeSantis would have suspended him solely for these policies. When the case comes back in front of the lower court, the burden of proof will be on DeSantis to show he would have suspended Warren based on those factors.”

Read the full article at: Tampa Bay Times Article

Gary Dolgin previously served the State of Florida as both a Prosecuter and Public Defender.

With over 33 years of experience in all aspects of divorce and family law, being a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, and being a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, Gary Dolgin has the expertise you need when facing divorce or any type of family law issue.

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 Gary Dolgin and how he can help with your family law issues and divorce issues, such as alimony, child custody, child support and division of marital assets, visit:
Best Family Attorney Tampa, Gary S. Dolgin

Child support laws in Florida regarding adult dependent children have changed as of July 1, 2023. The new law states:

“The court may not order support that will cause ineligibility for programs in which the dependent adult child currently participates, or programs and services for which the dependent adult child is reasonably expected to become eligible upon reaching the age of majority.”

If you have any questions regarding the new Florida family laws, we are here to help you.

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with child custody for over 33 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.

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.

Learn more about child custody by visiting:
Tampa Child Custody Attorney, Gary Dolgin

In this New York Times article, victims share their stories about how their abusive exes used their car apps to stalk and harass them, even after they were separated or divorced.

The advanced technology available with vehicle apps may help you locate your vehicle, start your vehicle remotely, and even set your vehicle’s interior temperature right from a smartphone app.

However, when abusive partners or exes have access to your vehicle’s app, it may put you in danger of being stalked and harassed.

Learn more by reading the full article at:
Car Apps Used By Abusive Exes

With over 33 years of experience in all aspects of divorce and family law, being a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, and being a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, Gary Dolgin has the expertise you need when facing divorce, domestic violence issues or if you have any type of family law issue.

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:
Best Divorce Attorney Tampa – Gary S. Dolgin

How does a Judge determine a timesharing schedule?

A judge is required to look at Florida Statute 61.13, which has 20 factors which the court is required to consider when making that determination.

Some of those factors include, which parent is most likely to promote frequent and continuing contact between the other parent and the child?

Which parent is able to put the needs of the child over their own personal needs?

Which parent took the major responsibilities in taking care of the child before the divorce?

And how are they going to divide those responsibilities after the divorce?

What is the distance that the parents live from each other?

What is the length of time that the child has lived in a stable and satisfactory environment?

The moral fitness of the parents.

The physical health of the parents.

Which parent is able to keep the child shielded from the litigation?

Those are some of the factors that a court has to consider.

If you have questions regarding any of these factors, or any issues regarding parental responsibility and timesharing, give us a call.

We will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with child custody for over 33 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.

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.

Learn more about child custody by visiting:
Best Child Custody Lawyer in Tampa Florida, Gary Dolgin

In the State of Florida, the supportive relationship statute allows the payor of alimony to have their alimony obligation reduced or terminated if their ex-spouse is in a supportive relationship.

The court shall consider and make written findings of fact regarding all relevant facts and additional factors.

Factor a. to be considered is:

“The extent to which the obligee and the other person have held themselves out as a married couple by engaging in conduct such as using the same last name, using a common mailing address, referring to each other in terms such as “my husband” or “my wife,” or otherwise conducting themselves in a manner that evidences a permanent supportive relationship.”

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we will put our knowledge and 33 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.

Learn more about alimony by visiting:
Alimony Lawyer Tampa, Gary S. Dolgin

🎅 Happy Holidays! 🕎

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year!

With the holidays upon us and as 2023 is coming to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year with gratitude for all our blessings.

Our hope is for a more peaceful 2024 ❤️

We are blessed to continue to serve the Tampa Bay community, helping to protect the rights of mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, grandparents and children while helping to resolve their family disputes in the most efficient and peaceful ways possible.

We are grateful to our wonderful fellow colleagues and past clients who have placed their faith in us by referring us new clients this year.

To view our 2023 Holiday Newsletter, please visit:
Dolgin Law Holiday Newsletter

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:
Best Family Law Attorney Tampa, Gary S. Dolgin

In the State of Florida, the supportive relationship statute allows the payor of alimony to have their alimony obligation reduced or terminated if their ex-spouse is in a supportive relationship.

The statute states:

“The court must reduce or terminate an award of support, maintenance, or alimony upon specific written findings by the court that a supportive relationship has existed between the obligee and a person who is not related to the obligee by consanguinity or affinity.”

The burden is on the obligor to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that a supportive relationship exists or has existed in the 365 days before the filing of the petition for dissolution of marriage, separate maintenance, or supplemental petition for modification.

If a supportive relationship is proven to exist or to have existed, the burden shifts to the obligee to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the court should not deny or reduce an initial award of support, maintenance, or alimony or reduce or terminate an existing award of support, maintenance, or alimony.

The court shall consider and make written findings of fact regarding all relevant facts and additional factors.

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we will put our knowledge and 33 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.

Learn more about alimony by visiting:
Alimony Supportive Relationship Tampa Florida

In this video, divorce lawyer in Tampa, Gary Dolgin explains the Supportive Relationship Statute in Florida regarding alimony.

“Do you have an alimony issue where you’re paying alimony to your former spouse who is living with another individual, and you don’t believe this is fair?

Well, Florida has a statute known as the Supportive Relationship Statute, in which a Judge, after considering many factors, could either reduce or terminate your alimony obligation if your ex-spouse and another individual are involved in what is essentially a relationship in which they are essentially married.

What does a judge look at?

Well, have they acquired property together?

Have they acquired a business together?

Do they have a joint bank account?

Do they support each other financially?

Do they support each other’s children?

Those are just some of the many examples that a Judge would look at in determining whether a supportive relationship exists and whether you may be eligible to have your alimony either reduced or terminated.”

With over 33 years of experience in all aspects of divorce and family law, being a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, and being a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, Gary Dolgin has the expertise you need when facing divorce, determining child support or if you have any type of family law issue.

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 in Tampa, Gary S. Dolgin

Child support laws in Florida regarding adult dependent children have changed as of July 1, 2023. The new law states:

“In making its decisions, the court shall consider:

(a) Any state or federal programs and benefits that the dependent adult child is receiving or may receive due to reaching the age of majority; and

(b) The effect that the court-ordered support would have on the dependent adult child’s eligibility for such programs and benefits.”

If you have any questions regarding the new Florida family laws, we are here to help you.

With over 33 years of experience in all aspects of divorce and family law, being a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, and being a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, Gary Dolgin has the expertise you need when facing divorce, determining child support or if you have any type of family law issue.

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

Family Law Attorney Tampa Gary Dolgin Explains New 2023 Domestic Violence Laws in Florida

“Hi, I’m Gary Dolgin, Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law, serving the Tampa Bay community since 1993.

There have been many new changes to Florida’s family laws.

One is in the area of domestic violence.

If a respondent has engaged in a series of abusive, controlling behavior for a period of time, and a petitioner or minor child believes that they are in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence, a domestic violence injunction can be entered by the court.

If you have questions regarding domestic violence, give us a call.

We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions, and we will treat you like family.”

If you have any questions regarding the new Florida family laws, we are here to help you.

With over 33 years of experience in all aspects of divorce and family law, being a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar, and being a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, Gary Dolgin has the expertise you need when facing divorce or any type of family law issue.

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 Gary Dolgin and how he can help with your family law issues and divorce issues, such as alimony, child custody, child support and division of marital assets, visit:
Family Law Attorney Tampa, Gary S. Dolgin