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K. Dean Kantaras is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by the Florida Bar

K. Dean Kantaras has been publishing articles for the past 13 years with Tampa Bay Magazine. Follow the links below to read a selection of his articles on marital and family law.


A. General

  1. The Layer-Client Privileges
  2. The Lawyer-Client Relationship
  3. Trials, Hearings, and Depositions Are Not Open to Everyone
  4. Family Law: Changes Have a Significant Impact
  5. The Costs of a Divorce Can Survive a Death

B. Divorce

  1. Marriage and Divorce: Stormy Seas and Hurricanes
  2. There is No Divorce Without a Marriage
  3. Divorce and Cyberspace
  4. Divorce and the Anger Factor
  5. Divorce and Your Personal Life: It's Public Domain
  6. No Fault Divorce: Don't Change It
  7. Divorce and the Elderly
  8. Religion and Divorce: A Second Separation of Church and State
  9. Divorce Military Style

C. Agreements

  1. Keep Your Word: A Court May Insist You Do
  2. Premarital Agreements: Their Future in Florida
  3. Settlement Agreements
  4. Be Wise: The "Whys" of Prenuptial Agreements

D. Property /Equitable Distribution

  1. Equitable Distribution: What's Not Included
  2. Property Division: As the Law Changes
  3. Determining How to Divide Marital Assets
  4. Special Equity: What Does it Mean and How is it Calculated?
  5. Florida is Not a Community Property State
  6. You Think That's Your Property—Maybe Not
  7. Valuations in Divorce Litigation
  8. Yours, Mine & Ours: Not the Kids – the Property!
  9. Real Property in a Divorce

E. Alimony & Child Support

  1. Permanent Alimony: Is It a Vanishing Right?
  2. Child Support: Private Schooling Can Depend on Income
  3. The Law Catches Up
  4. Child Support is Based on Income
  5. Alimony and Child Support: How Much Do I Have to Pay?
  6. Alimony: a Fact of Life
  7. Child Support: It Could Be a Lifetime Obligation
  8. Enforcement of Child Support and Alimony
  9. Alimony: Health and Other Factors
  10. Alimony: It Can be Modified
  11. Retirement and Its Effect on Alimony
  12. A Change in the Law of Alimony by Foreign Judgments
  13. Alimony and Child Support
  14. Permanent Alimony

F. Time-Sharing & Parenting (Custody)

  1. Custody: A Child is at Stake
  2. Custody: A Constant Sociological Struggle
  3. Changes in Custody Law: Intended to Benefit Children
  4. Consider the Children First
  5. Concern Yourself With Your Children's Welfare
  6. Parental Responsibility: Sole or Shared?
  7. Extended Family and Custody
  8. Custody Modification Made Easier
  9. Custody Evaluations
  10. Parental Coordinators: a Hope for Children
  11. Lost Visitation Can Be Regained
  12. Child Emergencies in Family Law

G. Relocation

  1. What Do You Mean I Can't Move!
  2. A Judge's Perspective on "Removal"

H. Expert Witnesses

  1. Expert Witnesses May Evaluate You
  2. Divorce and the Expert Witness

I. Paternity

  1. Fatherhood: How it is Determined
  2. Paternity in Florida
  3. Paternity and rights to Timesharing

J. Mediation

  1. Any Case Can Be Settled: The Lawyer's Role in Mediation
  2. Mediation in Family Law Matters

K. Special Issues

  1. Judge Shopping
  2. Contempt: a Powerful Tool
  3. Immigration and Divorce
  4. A Major Dilemma: Adoption and Marriage
  5. The Times They are A-Changin'

L. Appeals

  1. Appeals Are Difficult to Win

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