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Coercive Control and Domestic Violence

By Julia Kefalinos |

There are no bruises, no scars, no broken bones. But a controlling partner makes the relationship a torturous experience. While day to day life may not result in stitches or contusions, coercive control is a dangerous and sadistic form of domestic violence. What is Coercive Control?  Coercive control can be difficult to define, simply… Read More »

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Domestic Violence: Financial Suggestions

By Julia Kefalinos |

When most people think of domestic violence, (DV) they probably zoom in on the physical and emotional abuse that goes on. While these are, indeed, very serious, another often overlooked facet of DV is that perpetrators inflict financial abuse in nearly all cases, as well. It’s a control tactic that effectively holds victims trapped… Read More »

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Is Debt Forgiveness an Option for Your Credit Card Debt?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are feeling overwhelmed by credit card debt, you’re certainly not alone!  By the end of 2023, credit card debt had well exceeded a trillion dollars, with the average household in debt to the tune of nearly $8,000. The average APR on credit cards at that time was near 25 percent, but, according… Read More »

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First Steps When Facing Felony Charges

By Julia Kefalinos |

You don’t quite know what to think of your situation: you’ve just been charged with a felony! What will that mean for you? How should you behave? Should you answer all of the questions the police are throwing at you to prove that you are innocent? Should you do whatever it takes to get… Read More »

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Means Testing

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you have been overwhelmed by debt in the state of Florida, you may be looking for a way out from under the pressure of debt collectors.  You’re not alone: nearly 27,000 Floridians filed for bankruptcy in 2022 alone.  One of the most common pathways out of debt is through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy… Read More »

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Domestic Violence Can Persist After Couples Break Up

By Julia Kefalinos |

When the romantic relationship between two women ended after seven months, Lilniece Harris didn’t take it well. The control she’d exacted during the relationship had given her power that she wasn’t ready to give up on.  So she used harassment as a tool to try to get what she wanted from her former lover…. Read More »

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Discharging Student Loans in Bankruptcy Just Got Easier

By Julia Kefalinos |

If the possibility of bankruptcy is in your future but you’re concerned because you’ve heard that your student loans are exempt from the process, there may be some good news for you.  That’s because the federal government has made it easier for Americans who are burdened with crippling student debt to get out from… Read More »

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When Do Judges Issue Gag Orders?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Free speech: the First Amendment guarantees this right in America.  Even so, we know judges issuing gag orders in high-profile cases, plainly restricting the speech of individuals involved in both civil and/or criminal trials.  How can both things be true? Why Gag Orders are Issued  Typically  judges issue gag orders—or non-dissemination orders—as a way… Read More »

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Double Jeopardy

By Julia Kefalinos |

Double jeopardy: we’ve all heard about the Constitutional Amendment protecting people from enduring two criminal trials for the same offense, but many people likely do not understand the caveats to this important protection. The fact of the matter is, two separate trials could occur based on the same act under very specific circumstances. For… Read More »

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When Domestic Violence Ends in Murder

By Julia Kefalinos |

To the families of domestic violence victims who lost their lives, the terror and misery of the abuse suffered will never be a distant memory. Instead, they will relive the moments of fear and anguish, asking themselves over and over again if there was something more they could have done to protect their loved… Read More »

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