Domestic Violence Knows No Boundaries

Domestic violence knows no bounds. Anyone can be an abuser and anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. There is no one typical, detectable personality of an abuser. About 25% of women and about 14% of men experience severe intimate partner violence over their lifetimes. It is also well established that about 70% of the victims of intimate partner homicides are female. While domestic violence occurs in all socio-economic, racial, religious, and ethnic groups; women living in poverty are at a greater risk of becoming victims, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice. Shockingly, pregnant women are also at a greater risk.

What is domestic violence?
"Domestic violence" means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
https://ncadv.org/statistics

What type of divorce do should you file?

This is a description of the various types of Florida divorces and how you determine which type of divorce fits your situation.

by Ken Turner, Esq

There are three types of Divorces that can be filed in Florida circuit courts: (1) Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. (2) Standard Dissolution of Marriage. (3) Uncontested Dissolution of marriage.

The First questions to answer are:
Do you and your spouse have minor children together?
Do you have assets?
Do you have debt?
Can both of you sign a Petition?
Can both of you attend a hearing?

If you answered "yes" to any of those above questions, you cannot file a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. Likewise, if you answered "no" to each and every question you may be able to file for a simplified dissolution of marriage.

The next set of questions to answer are?
If you have children, do you agree on all issues?
Do you agree on what to do with all of your assets?
Do you agree on what to do with all of your debts?
Are both of you willing to sign all necessary documents?

If you answered "yes" to ALL of those questions, you may be able to file an uncontested dissolution of marriage

All other divorces are Standard dissolution of marriage cases.

Below you can see these questions placed in a decision tree

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CORNELIUS SHANNON vs STATE OF FLORIDA

FACTS: Law enforcement had obtained search warrants that authorized the search of 3 adjacent rooms at a motel, "its curtilage, any vehicles located within the curtilage, and any or all persons found therein, who [were] reasonably believed to be involved in the crime or crimes, for any and all controlled substances." The State argued that Shannon's car was parked in the curtilage of the motel rooms and that the search of his car was therefore authorized by the warrants. The defense argued that the parking space did not meet the definition of curtilage.

RULING: The parking space in this case was not within the curtilage of the three motel rooms. Read the full case below:

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