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INTRODUCTION

DADvocacy is proud to continue its service to dads through continuing to provide our DIY Tool Shed and to connect dads with court-related resources, such as the Miami Dade Family Court Self Help Program.

In addition, DADvocacy is offering a new set of tools to family court litigants: a glimpse into how our attorneys have packaged pleadings together in the most effective ways. DADvocacy team members use the term “string” to refer to strategically organized sets of pleadings. While the pleadings you see here have been grouped together as our attorneys used them, they can be broken apart for your needs.

Don’t forget that the DADvocacy continues to offer its other resources, especially the DADvocacy blog, which includes a five-part series on how to conduct yourself appropriately in court. We’ve posted blogs for both live, in-person hearings as well as those conducted by Zoom. We also offer information on managing your behavior during your most triggered moments. We know it’s hard to behave gracefully when you feel attacked, but that’s exactly the time you need restraint the most.

USAGE

DADvocacy offers some of our popular pleadings and parenting plans as “strings” below for educational purposes only. None of the items are intended to substitute for the services of a licensed attorney.

Your situation may involve legal or financial complexities that require the assistance of a family law attorney, and we all know that divorce lawyers aren’t known for being affordable; however, you may be eligible for legal assistance through a pro bono program.

At DADvocacy, we can in no way assure you, if you are a self-represented litigant, that any of the strings are sufficient, appropriate, or effective for your case.

When you download any of our offerings, you’ll notice that the files are PDFs, but they are not fillable PDFs. There’s a reason why we chose to offer our pleadings and parenting plans in non-fillable PDF format: your well-being.

We specifically chose not to offer these documents as fillable Word templates or as fillable PDF forms. Your case will not be best served by a one-size-fits-all approach, so we cannot in good faith allow such one-size-fits-all templates or forms on our website.

Think of this site as a classroom. Think of these non-fillable PDFs as the professor’s writing on the chalkboard: you can’t rip the chalkboard off the wall, but you can read it, take notes, and formulate your homework on your own. The non-fillable PDFs are guides only, and that’s why you will occasionally see us refer to them as “chalkboards.”

We will give this bit of advice to self-represented litigants: think about your future self and how you want the future version of you to feel. You may already be looking forward to pursuing a new relationship, and you may want to have children in the future with a different partner. Start thinking now about the best way to protect yourself as you envision a future that is filled with love and opportunity.

Our strings involve timesharing (i.e., visitation and custody) and child support cases for both divorcing parents and unmarried parents. We do not address spousal support (otherwise known as alimony), property division, or the division of other assets.

While this sampling of pleadings and parenting plans is fairly comprehensive for the most common issues in family court, there is a set of common items that we did not share: prenuptial and postnuptial examples. However, you can find plenty of guidance for prenups and postnups here.

DADvocacy’s chalkboards and strings are an ongoing project, which means that you can anticipate seeing new items posted in this area that may be useful to you. We do not have a timeline or schedule for sharing new materials, but we encourage you to check back from time to time for different materials.

Whether you are a self-represented litigant, a law student, a new attorney, or even a veteran litigator, we hope that you can be inspired to find new, creative ways of approaching family law advocacy.

Warning: All posts, templates, forms, blogs, “chalkboards,” “DIY Tool Shed” items, and the like on this website contain general information about legal matters for broad educational purposes only and may not be helpful for your particular litigation. Any information contained on this site is not legal advice and should not be treated as such. These materials do not create any attorney-client or any mediator-client relationship between the reader and the DADvocacy™ Law Firm.