Announcement – Amy Anderson Anniversary

On February 1, 2014,  Certified Paralegal Amy Anderson celebrated 9 years of excellence with Sessums Black, PA.  Congratulations, Amy!

Co-parenting After Separation

Florida law presumes that, regardless of the timesharing or “visitation” schedule, parents are going to “co-parent” or, in other words, jointly make all non-emergency major decisions involving their children.  Click on the link below to read one author’s six suggestions for how to make co-parenting work.  The attorneys of Sessums Black, PA are skilled at representing clients who have co-parenting issues.

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Is a Presumption of Equal Time Sharing in the Best Interests of Children? A Child Centered Developmental Perspective

A bill was introduced during the 2013 legislative session that would changed Florida law to create a presumption in favor of equal timesharing between parents and children.  The law did not pass; nevertheless, a similar bill may be proposed in upcoming 2014 legislative session.  Is it in the best interest of a child for judges to presume that the child should spend equal time with his/her parents?  Click on the link to read an article in which three psychologists’ answer to that question based on a child-centered developmental perspective.  The attorneys of Sessums Black, PA take pride in staying abreast of changes and potential changes to marital and family laws.

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Announcement – Karina Batista Anniversary

On January 22, 2014, Receptionist Karina Batista celebrated seven years of top-quality service with Sessums Black, PA.  Congratulations, Karina!

Colorado ballot measure proposes education classes to marry

A California based group called “Kids Against Divorce” has proposed a ballot measure which, if successful, would require all Colorado brides- and grooms-to-be to attend at least 10 hours of pre-wedding marriage education classes.  The required class time would increase to 20 or 30 hours for those marrying for the second or third times respectively.  Click on the link to read more about the initiative.  The attorneys of Sessums Black, PA take pride in providing top-quality legal representation to clients whose marriages are irretrievably broken regardless of the pre-marriage education or counseling they received.

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Announcement – HCBA 5k River Run Promotion

On January 16, 2014, Attorney Sarah E. Kay dressed as a pig to promote the 2014 HCBA 5k Pro Bono River Run taking place on March 22, 2014.  Sessums Black, PA is proud to sponsor the Hillsborough County Bar Association and its efforts to enhance the local community. Click on Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3 to see pictures of Sarah as the 5k pig.  Click here to read more about the race and for on-line registration.

Announcement – TBPA January 2014 Meeting

On January 9, 2014, Paralegals Amy Anderson, Carol Dunlap, Lorri Rowell, Frank Steinbeck, and Michele Tawzer attended, as a part of their regular membership, the monthly meeting of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association which included a continuing legal education component titled “Violence Against Women Act from an Immigration Perspective.”  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc.’s mission includes establishing the standard for excellence in the paralegal profession through its work on the issues of regulation, ethics, and education.

5 Tips About Late-Life Divorce and Your Money

When a divorce occurs at or near normal retirement age, some unique financial challenges may emerge.  Click on the link below to read one author’s five suggested issues individuals divorcing after the age of 50 should contemplate.  Sessums Black, PA  prides itself on its superior, personal service to its clients of all ages.

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Florida Divorce and Social Security Benefits

Individuals divorcing later in life have unique concerns, including whether they may claim a portion of a former spouse’s social security benefits.  Click on the link below to read answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the possible effect of divorce on social security benefits.  The attorneys of Sessums Black, PA pride themselves on their knowledge of topics of concern for clients of all ages whose marriages are dissolving.

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Love and Power

Enjoying a healthy relationship with someone requires work, dedication, and, most recently, equally shared power.  Click on the link below to read more of one author’s account of how sharing power in a relationship can be the path to achieving intimacy.  The attorneys of Sessums Black, PA pride themselves on providing top-quality legal assistance clients whose relationships have come to an end for any number of reasons.

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