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Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year from The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin!

With the holidays upon us and as 2022 is coming to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year with gratitude for all our blessings.

One very special event of 2022 that the Dolgin family is thrilled about is the engagement of Gary Dolgin’s son Corey! They are so happy to welcome Corey’s fiancée Melanie to the family.

This holiday season brings much to celebrate for the Dolgin family as Corey and Melanie will be married on December 18th, and Gary and Wendi’s 32nd anniversary will be 5 days later on December 23rd.

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.

Happy Holidays!

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Assets awarded to the parties as equitable distribution may be considered as a source of income from which alimony may be paid. This includes pension and retirement benefits.

Retirement accounts distributed to the parties should be considered income for the purpose of determining alimony where the court can reasonably conclude that the principal of the retirement account will not be invaded for the purpose of support.

Military retirement benefits can be awarded only if the parties were married for at least 10 years while one spouse was in the military.

Division of retirement benefits generally is part of equitable distribution and not awarding of alimony, but the amount of the distribution may be considered in determining alimony.

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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Although the termination of time-sharing rights is disfavored, the trial court may restrict or deny time-sharing when necessary to protect the child. If unrestricted time-sharing would endanger the child, access may be supervised or restricted.

Questionable behavior by one party toward the child can support a temporary suspension of time-sharing when it is 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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Fla.Fam.L.R.P. 12.407 prohibits bringing a minor child to court as a witness or to attend a hearing, or issuing a subpoena to a minor child to appear in court, without prior court order, except in an emergency.

In contested cases, courts usually are reluctant to allow children to testify against their parents. The court has the discretion to preclude children as witnesses.

If a child’s testimony is needed, it is best obtained through the report of a guardian ad litem or mental health professional, or as part of a parenting plan recommendation.

If the child’s testimony is considered essential, a professional should be consulted to determine what effect testifying will have on the child.

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.

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F.S. 61.08(3) allows the court “to the extent necessary to protect an award of alimony,” to order any party ordered to pay alimony “to purchase or maintain a life insurance policy or a bond, or to otherwise secure such alimony award with any other assets which may be suitable for that purpose.”

Life insurance to secure alimony may not be ordered, however, unless specifically requested by a party.

Courts have summarized the law applicable to life insurance in divorce proceedings as follows: An order requiring a spouse to obtain a life insurance policy as security for an alimony award must be supported by record evidence, and the order must include findings as to the cost of insurance, the payor’s ability to afford the insurance and any special circumstances justifying the need for the policy.

The amount of the life insurance policy must be related to the extent of the obligation being secured.

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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At The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, providing our clients with excellent representation by diligently advocating for their rights is our top priority.

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Davis, we appreciate you sharing your positive feedback and thank you for putting your trust in us to represent you.

It was our pleasure to help you!

With over 30 years of experience in divorce 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.

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In determining an appropriate time-sharing schedule, judges must consider 20 statutory factors and take into account the best interests of the children.

Time-sharing arrangements may differ from family to family. Assuming both parents are good parents, they may want to consider the following in determining an appropriate time-sharing schedule:

(1) that children and parents need blocks of continuous time together, including overnight time, and (2) that the blocks of time should be long enough to ensure that each parent remains an involved parent, rather than one becoming identified with homework and bedtimes and the other with recreation.

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with 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 divorce, just because the parties have reached an agreement, it does not mean the agreement is always enforceable or will be approved by the court.

For example, parties cannot waive entitlement to temporary alimony or attorneys’ fees by antenuptial agreement.

An antenuptial agreement is subject to the existing laws of the state, including the requirement that Spouse A is responsible for supporting Spouse B while they are still married. See Belcher v. Belcher, 271 So.2d 7 (Fla. 1972)

Similarly, any agreement to waive child support would be unenforceable for public policy reasons. See Quinn v Quinn, 169 So.3d 268 (Fla. 2d DCA 2015)

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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Under F.S. 61.08(1), adultery may be a factor in awarding alimony.

Other marital misconduct, such as spouse abuse, may be considered under F.S. 61.08(2)(j). The effect of marital misconduct is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Courts have held that only misconduct that depletes marital finances is relevant to a determination of alimony. As one court stated, even reprehensible conduct by one party does not justify alimony unless it has caused depletion of the marital finances.

Recently, the same court stated, “the law is clear that absent a showing of related depletion of marital assets, a party’s adulterous misconduct is not a valid reason to award a greater share of those marital assets to the innocent spouse or to deny the adulterous spouse alimony.”

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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“It was great seeing the Mayor of Tampa’s Sister City Le Havre, France Édouard Philippe, who is also the former Prime Minister of France under President Macron. He was in town to renew Tampa’s Sister City relationship with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and explore student exchanges with USF and other trade opportunities.

Ten years ago I traveled with Tampa lawyers to Le Havre and he hosted a five course French dinner for us and he gave me a book on Le Havre art.

My friend Olivier Jougla, President of the French Bar Association and Former Deputy Mayor of Le Havre, was also visiting Tampa with his family. His family hosted me in their home in 2012 and he stayed at our home in 2013.

We enjoyed a great dinner at the Columbia Restaurant with our French friends.

I am looking forward to traveling to Le Havre with Tampa lawyers and judges next October.”

– Gary S. Dolgin, Attorney At Law

Gary is happy to help represent Tampa in Le Havre, France and help make Mayor Édouard Philippe’s and Olivier Jougla’s visit to Tampa as enjoyable as possible.

Gary takes great pleasure in representing and being involved in the Tampa community and has been serving the Tampa community as a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law, helping families with their family law issues for over 30 years.

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