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What is a Notice of Commencement?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Warning Property Owners The Notice of Commencement provides notice of the intention to begin improvements to property, it provides the location of the property, description of the work and the amount of bond, if any. It also identifies the property owner, contractor, surety, lender and other pertinent information. Failure to record a Notice of… Read More »

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Military Deployment and Time-sharing

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Active duty service members are protected under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) but they are also protected under §61.13002 of the Florida Statutes, if a motion for modification of time-sharing or parental responsibility is filed because a parent is activated, deployed, or temporarily assigned for military service and the parent’s ability to comply with the standing… Read More »

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What is a Notice to Owner?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

A Notice to Owner is a written notice, as required by Florida Statute §713.06, which officially advises the owner(s) of a property that an improvement is going to be made.  It is usually sent by a subcontractor or supplier not dealing directly with the owner.  The purpose of the Notice is to make the… Read More »

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I let a friend/family member stay at my home temporarily, but now they won’t leave. What do I do?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

Have you allowed a friend or family member to stay in your home for a certain amount of time, with no obligation to contribute monetarily or otherwise, who then refuses to leave after the end of the agreed-upon time has passed? Have they violated a condition that you have specified before permitting them to… Read More »

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The Deed to Our Home Is in My Spouse’s Name, but I Am on the Mortgage – Am I Responsible to Pay the Mortgage After the Divorce?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

We often hear this question during divorce proceedings, particularly when minor children are involved.  There are two primary things to consider: How is the property titled, that is, are both parties names on the deed or is only one party’s name on the deed; Who signed the mortgage? Many times, due to credit scores… Read More »

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We Have Two Children and Are Getting a Divorce. How Much Child Support Will I Have to Pay to My Former Spouse?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

In Florida, it is not only public policy, but state law that both parents of minor children are to provide support to their children.  The determination of a parent’s child support obligation owed for the benefit of their minor children is a very complex process. In order to make an accurate determination of your… Read More »

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I Just Found Out My Husband Has Had an Affair, and I want to Ruin Him

By Daniel M. Copeland |

At Daniel M. Copeland, Attorney at Law, P.A., we fully understand that you feel shocked, hurt, betrayed and angry.  We understand that you want to hurt him as much as he has hurt you and that you want to punish him, financially as well as to limit the amount of time that he spends… Read More »

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A Former Girlfriend Just Told Me I Am the Father of Her Child: What Do I Do?

By Daniel M. Copeland |

This is far from an unusual situation.  You may or may not be the father of the child.  However, if the mother put your name on the child’s birth certificate and receives any governmental assistance for the child, the Florida Department of Revenue (“FDOR”) will sue you on behalf of the mother to establish… Read More »

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