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Golfer Lee Westwood subject to divorce in Florida

The wife of British golfer Lee Westwood, Laurae Westwood, has filed for divorce. The papers were filed in Palm Beach County Court even though Westwood is a native of Great Britain. According to news reports, the divorce is expected to be contested both as to the alleged grounds - infidelity - and the amount of money involved.

Gearing up for back-to-school after divorce

Summer is coming to a close, and many children in Florida are gearing up for the new school year. For parents who divorced over the summer, however, back-to-school time can be more complicated than it was in years past. The following are some tips that may make going back to school after a divorce easier.

Paternity rights are not severed with marital ties in divorce

When you first decided to get divorced, you probably had similar worries as other Florida fathers have expressed in the past, such as whether your marital split might negatively affect your relationship with your children. This is apparently a main concern for many fathers who divorce. If you already enjoy an active, happy relationship with your kids, there's no reason to believe that will end just because you and your spouse end your marriage.

State employee charged with bribery in Medicare fraud case

Health care fraud is becoming one of the largest categories of white collar crimes across the country, and Florida is no different. To see an example, one need only look at a recent case where an employee of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration federal criminal charges for allegedly accepting bribes from a wealthy nursing home owner.

Judge tosses DUI plea bargain after defendant late to court

Plea bargains are a common method of resolving criminal cases in Florida. Prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys appreciate the certainty and efficiency of plea bargains, and defendants may be able to escape more serious penalties by accepting a plea agreement and a reduced sentence. In one recent case in Florida, however, a defendant's behavior in court prompted the judge to vacate the plea deal she had accepted.

Accused of possessing a drug such as marijuana? Fight back

If the police have arrested you and taken you into custody for possessing marijuana, this can understandably be frightening, especially if this is your first time going through it. If you end up convicted on a marijuana possession charge, you may face various punishments, including jail time, the suspension of your driver's license and even monetary fines.

Lawyer's ex-wife seeks legal fees from new wife

When most Floridians go through a divorce, they view the entry of the final order as an end to the conflict. In some cases, unfortunately, one or both ex-spouses are motivated to continue the battle. A remarkable example of this phenomenon recently occurred in a divorce in Fort Lauderdale when an ex-wife ended up accusing her former husband and his new wife of fraud and attempting to collect legal fees from the wife.

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