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Happy Holidays from The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin!

In our special edition Holiday Newsletter, Gary Dolgin shares his family highlights for 2021 and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year of good health and prosperity.

We also take this special opportunity to thank our wonderful fellow colleagues and past clients who have placed their faith in us by referring us new clients this year.

To see our Holiday Newsletter, please visit: December 2021 Newsletter

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been serving the community to help with their family law and divorce issues since in the Tampa area since 1990.

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A divorced mother of two advises divorced parents to plan ahead during the holidays to avoid feeling lonely while their children are celebrating holidays with the other parent.

She explains how difficult it was for her to get through special holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah while her children were with their father.

However, once she started planning ahead to take on projects and schedule trips with friends during those times, it helped make getting through the holidays without her children more manageable.

Read the full article here.

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After Bill and Melinda Gates just announced their plans to divorce after decades of marriage, we realize that more and more older couples are parting ways.

What we tend to see nowadays is that long-standing marriages are ending because couples feel that their marriages no longer bring them joy and fulfillment. In many instances, the parties agree that they each want to pursue different paths in life for the years they have left.

This article discusses the issue in more detail:
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/06/opinions/older-couples-gates-divorcing-wellness/index.html

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping husbands and wives of all ages with their divorce issues, whether contested or uncontested.

If you are having any divorce issue, including alimony, division of marital assets and liabilities, child custody, child support, or any family law issue, we are here to help you.

To schedule a consultation with Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law, Gary S. Dolgin, give us a call at (813) 999-2772.

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In Florida, it is not presumed that one parent gets more time-sharing with their child based on gender after divorce or separation.

Florida Law recognizes the contributions that both parents make to rearing healthy children and intends for both parents to be actively involved with their children after divorce or separation.

Parents should try to agree on a time-sharing schedule together such that each parent gets blocks of continuous time with the child, including overnight time and that the blocks of time should be long enough to ensure that each parent remains an involved parent.

If you are having trouble reaching a time-sharing agreement with your child’s other parent, we are here to help you.

With over 30 years in practice, and being a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law, as well as a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, Gary Dolgin can help with any child custody issue you may be facing, including time-sharing and time-sharing modifications.

At The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we will work diligently to protect your child’s best interests and advocate for your parental rights.

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

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For the past several years, efforts to rewrite Florida’s alimony laws have sparked much debate.

The proposed alimony reform aimed to do away with permanent alimony and significantly reduce the duration of alimony when couples get divorced.

The breadwinners in the marriage argue that permanent alimony forces them to continue working past retirement age in order to afford making the required monthly payments to their ex-spouses.

However the stay-at-home wife or husband and lower-income earners argue that they sacrificed their careers to care for the home and should be provided with financial support from the breadwinner long after the end of the marriage to compensate for their possibly reduced earning potential.

In addition, the alimony reform bill included a provision that would require judges to begin with a “presumption” that children should split their time equally between parents, which raises much controversary as well, especially in the cases when one parent is not fit to care for the child.

The alimony reform bill has been shelved for 2021, however, it is expected to be proposed once again for 2022.

You can read the full article here:
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-nsf-florida-scraps-alimony-reform-effort-20210420-djh6crwrorhzflbxn57nczgwma-story.html

At The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping both men and women with their alimony issues for over 30 years, and we are here to help you too.

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

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Just like going to the gym regularly to keep your body and mind healthy, couples are now finding that seeing a couples therapist together on a regular basis helps keep their relationship healthy as well!

Although couples therapy is usually associated with a relationship that is having some challenges or coming to an end…more and more couples are integrating couples therapy into their regular routines.

Couples who do this are reporting that it helps prevent incompatibilities from causing damage to their relationship in the long-term, essentially nipping any conflicts that may arise in the bud.

Also, couples are reporting that regular couples therapy helps them understand one another better and learn how to handle each other in a more peaceful manner in certain situations.

Having helped men and women with divorce and family law issues for over 30 years in the Tampa Bay area, traditionally we have seen couples start couples therapy after their problems have already caused irreparable damage to the relationship.

This article raises a great point in that integrating couples therapy into your healthy relationship may be a great idea to help prevent irreconcilable differences in the future!

You can read the full article at:
Couples Therapy Becoming Routine In Relationships

At The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping families get through their family law issues for over 30 years, and we are here to help you too.

To schedule a consultation with Gary Dolgin who is a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law, as well as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, give us a call today at (813) 999-2772 and it will be our pleasure to help you.

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When it comes to child custody, the child’s best interests are the top consideration.

For example, it is in the child’s best interest for each parent to:

– meet the child’s needs
– provide the child with a consistent, healthy daily routine
– be physically and mentally fit to care for the child
– be willing to foster a relationship between the child and the other parent
– be able to provide a safe and stable environment for the child

A court will also consider the extent to which each parent has demonstrated an ability and desire to meet a child’s developmental needs and be involved in the child’s life.

As a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law, Gary Dolgin can help you with any child custody issue you may be having.

At The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we will work diligently to protect your child’s best interests and advocate for your parental rights.

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

To learn more about how we can help you with your child custody issues, visit: Child Custody Lawyer in Tampa

More and more couples are delaying parenthood these days for several reasons, including pursuing careers, uncertain times and for financial reasons.

Through in vitro fertilization (I.V.F.) couples are creating embryos to use in the future when they are ready for parenthood.

When these couples break up, however, who gets to keep the embryos? In most cases the embryo consists of one of the partner’s genetics (sperm or egg). In some cases the embryo consists of a donor sperm or egg.

So, the question of who gets to keep the embryos or decide the fate of the embryos after the break up can become complicated.

For example, what should happen to any remaining embryos if one partner dies or becomes mentally incapacitated? Who would decide whether remaining embryos should be donated or destroyed? Who would determine the disposition of remaining embryos in the case of divorce or separation?

Read more about embryo custody in this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/03/health/IVF-frozen-embryo-disputes.html

Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin we have been helping couples prepare for and handle all types of custody issues for over 30 years in the Tampa Bay area.

Whether it’s helping couples prepare legal agreements that address custody of embryos in case of separation, or helping couples come to an agreement after their break up…we are here to help.

As a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law, Gary Dolgin is the custody lawyer you can count on to help you.

If you are having any type of custody issue or family law issue, give us a call at (813) 999-2772 to schedule a consultation and it will be our pleasure to help you.

In the early months of the pandemic, we saw a surge in divorce rates throughout the Country. Experts attribute the rise in divorce to quarantine and added stress to marriages.

But in recent months experts are seeing a decline in divorce rates, most likely due to the uncertainty and financial strain the past year has put on families.

Couples who were heading for divorce are holding off, and in many cases, families have become stronger since parents are spending more time at home, with their children and with each other.

Read the full article to learn more at:
Divorce Rates Dropping

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The new stimulus package that was passed on Wednesday brings with it some tax changes and subsidies that are important for families and divorced parents to know.

In addition to stimulus checks of $1,400 per person, the relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, includes some important changes to existing tax policy to help families with children who have been struggling to care for them as the pandemic closed schools.

At The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we are happy to see that help is on the way for families who may have been struggling during the pandemic and it is our pleasure to share the good news! Read the full article to find out more by clicking this link:
The American Rescue Plan

Here are some of the ways that bill will help the middle class:

Direct Checks

This time around, Americans will receive stimulus checks of up to $1,400 per person, including dependents.

The size of the payments are scaled down for individuals making more than $75,000 and married couples earning more than $150,000. And they are cut off for individuals making $80,000 or more and couples earning more than $160,000.

Those thresholds are lower than in the previous relief bills, to better ensure that those who need the checks the most receive them. But they will still be one of the biggest benefits enjoyed by those who are solidly in the middle class.

Tax Credits For Parents

The relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, includes some important changes to existing tax policy to help families with children who have been struggling to care for them as the pandemic closed schools.

The most significant change is to the child tax credit, which will be increased to up to $3,600 (for children under 6) for 2021 from $2,000 per child. The credit, which is refundable for people with low tax bills, is $3,000 per child for children ages 6 to 17.

The existing credit tops out for individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $400,000. As with the stimulus payments, the expanded credit will phase out for individuals making more than $75,000 and married couples earning more than $150,000.

The legislation also bolsters the tax credits that parents receive to subsidize the cost of child care this year. The current credit is worth 20 percent to 35 percent of eligible expenses with a maximum value of $2,100 for two or more qualifying individuals. The stimulus bill increases that amount to $4,000 for one qualifying individual or $8,000 for two or more.

The value of the credit will be calculated by taking up to 50 percent of the value of eligible expenses, up to certain limits, depending on household income. The law would begin to reduce the credit below 20 percent for households with income of more than $400,000.

Cheaper Health Insurance

After four years of being on life support, the Affordable Care Act is expanding, a development that will largely reward middle-income individuals and families, since those on the lower end of the income spectrum generally qualify for Medicaid. The relief legislation expands the subsidies for buying health insurance. As a result, a 64-year-old earning $58,000 would see monthly payments decline to $412 from $1,075 under current law, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The legislation will now make upper-middle-income Americans eligible for aid to buy plans on the government exchanges, and premiums for those plans will cost no more than 8.5 percent of an individual’s modified adjusted gross income.

Another benefit to the middle class is that the stimulus package makes it easier for newly unemployed workers to get insurance through a federal program called COBRA, which allows people to buy their former employers’ health benefits. COBRA premiums will be fully paid for through September.

A Rescue for Pensioners

One of the more controversial provisions in the legislation is the $86 billion allotted to fixing failing multiemployer pensions.

The money is a taxpayer bailout for about 185 union pension plans that are so close to collapse that without the rescue, more than a million retired truck drivers, retail clerks, builders and others could be forced to forgo retirement income. The plans cover about 10.7 million active and retired workers, many of whom are middle class and work in fields like construction or entertainment where the workers move from job to job.

The legislation gives the weakest plans enough money to pay hundreds of thousands of retirees — a number that will grow in the future — their full pensions for the next 30 years.

But the measure has drawn criticism because the pensions were failing well before the pandemic.

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The American Rescue Plan