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Orange County Florida Issues Timesharing Order for COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place

As you may be aware, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings issued an order requiring residence to stay at home beginning Thursday night. The order allows travel for essential business, including trips to work, the grocery store, or pharmacy. Additionally, residents are allowed to exercise outside, but are discouraged from doing so in groups. However, the order does not provide any guidance as to whether parents are allowed to exchange their children pursuant to a parenting plan or timesharing schedule. In response to the recent order from the Mayor, Chief Judge Don Myers, issued an Amended Emergency Order for all Domestic cases...

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DeWitt Law Firm Receives Orlando Police Department Good Citizenship Award

The DeWitt Law Firm was honored and humbled to receive the Orlando Police Department’s Good Citizenship Award. As a member of the central Florida community, we are grateful to be able to give back to the society that supports us. This year, we were fortunate to be able to support Tough Biker Orlando. Founded in 2014 by Orlando Police bike officer Mark Levy, Tough Biker is an urban mountain bike challenge through city streets, public parks, and parking garages. They’re committed to supporting at-risk youth through the sport of mountain biking. The goal is to provide an experience where kids can...

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Will Alimony Reform Pass in the Florida Legislature in 2020

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Alimony Reform in Florida— A Hot Topic in 2020 Will Alimony Reform Pass This time? Alimony reform has been a controversial topic in the Florida Legislature over the past decade. In 2013, alimony reform was passed in both the Florida House and Senate but was ultimately vetoed by then Gov. Scott. Alimony reform was again presented in 2016, but due to a controversial child custody component, it was also vetoed. In 2020, alimony reform is back again as House bill 843, HB 843. On Dec. 3, 2019, Rep. Alex Andrade of Gulf Breeze, Florida, filed the latest version of the alimony reform bill....

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Tort Reform – The Devil’s Greatest Trick

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The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn’t exist. For years, insurance companies have pushed ad campaigns and marketing efforts encouraging tort reform. Pointing to frivolous lawsuits, insurance companies have tried to convince the public that tort reform is a necessity. In fact, the reality is quite different. If you or a loved one have been in an accident, you may understand why tort reform is not good for anyone, except the insurance companies. We have all heard stories of frivolous cases, which have been parodied in movies and television for decades. The McDonald’s coffee...

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Will making an Uninsured Motorist Claim raise my insurance rates in Florida?

In Florida, insurance companies are prohibited from raising your rates for filing an uninsured or underinsured (UM) claim. However, if you receive certain discounts for not being in an accident for a set period of time, you may lose some of those discounts. This is independent of filing the claim as they would be eliminated by simply being in an accident....

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