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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Complex Divorce Blog

Custody battles could forever change with co-parenting bills

Lawmakers in more than 20 states across the country will consider bills this year that would either make it legally required to share parenting after divorce or encourage this parenting option. These bills, if passed into law, would require parents to co-parent even if they disagreed with the situation.

The legislature in Florida passed a bill in 2016 that would require equal time when creating parenting plans for child custody. This bill was eventually vetoed by the governor. Florida, like many other states, have moved towards creating these bills due to fathers feeling left out of parenting plans for decades.

New family laws in effect in Florida

A couple of new family laws went into effect on January 1 in the state of Florida. The laws cover both shared parenting time and divorce in the state, according to a news report. These laws went into effect when the clock hit 12:01 a.m., on January 1. We will take a look at these new laws in today's post so you are informed should you ever face a situation like divorce or shared parenting in Fort Lauderdale.

One of the new laws that immediately took effect on January 1 in Florida centers around getting divorced and the time sharing plans that parents must create when children are involved. The legislature in the state has worked to revamp the laws that cover time sharing agreements for couples who are separated or divorced over the past couple of years.

Can mediation work in high-asset divorces?

Many people believe that high-asset couples who divorce will inevitably "battle it out" in court. However, this is not necessarily the case. Although the financial stakes are clearly higher in a divorce where there are significant assets, this fact does not absolutely determine whether a couple will contend with a litigious divorce.

Couples in high-asset situations can explore the positive benefits of mediation and collaborative divorce. These options can help decrease strife and conflict while allowing both spouses to retain more control over the decision-making about their future than they would otherwise have in a protracted, drawn-out court battle.

Can I get the house in the divorce?

If you are in the midst of a divorce, you and your spouse may be battling over who gets to keep the house. While it is always best to come to an amicable decision between yourselves, sometimes the decision does wind up being made by the judge.

It's understandable to want to remain in the family home. You're emotionally attached, it's a hefty asset and if you have children, you don't want to force them to move elsewhere.

Tips for protecting your money in a divorce

Preparing for a divorce takes time. It also takes a lot of willpower to admit that your marriage is no longer viable. There's plenty you need to do to prepare for a divorce and one important item is protecting your money. Even if you believe your spouse won't seek a lot of your money it's still a good idea to protect it before you file. Follow the tips in this post to protect your money in a divorce.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your money in a divorce is to open financial accounts in your name only. If you believe that your marriage is coming to an end it's best to open individual accounts as soon as possible. Stop putting money into joint accounts with your spouse. Have your paycheck deposited into your new, individual account, so your spouse does not have access to it any longer.

Don't try to hide from an unexpected divorce

The pain and anguish of learning that your ex has filed for divorce when you thought everything was going fine can be devastating. You might be tempted to just run and hide so that you can just avoid the whole situation. This isn't going to work.

A divorce is situation that requires your attention. You need to think about what options you have as you are going through the property division process and making determinations about child custody.

What are some common myths about divorce?

When you hear the word divorce, you likely start to think about a host whole of things you've heard throughout your life. Many of these notions are false. Some are true. Even those who have been through divorce can wind up making false claims about the process and what it's like. So, what are some common myths about divorce?

A common myth about divorce that still seems to be around is that one spouse can deny the other a divorce. This is not true ever since no-fault divorce came into effect back in the 1970s. Now, if a spouse files for divorce, the other spouse cannot prevent it from moving forward. Denying a divorce is no longer possible.

Mistakes your child may be making on FAFSA applications

The child who once could fit easily in your lap is nearly all grown up now and ready for college. You want the application process to be smooth, of course, but your child could be making errors that end up being costly.

For example, the FAFSA asks for information on the child's custodial parent. "Okay," your child might think. "Dad claimed me on his tax return, so that is who I put down." Not so fast, though. For the FAFSA, custodial parent simply means which parent the child lived with more in the past 365 days. Here is a look at this mistake and a few others.

Marriage expectations can cause toxicity or happiness

More than ever before, people are expecting more from their relationships. Research has found that personal wellbeing is directly tied to the quality of a person's relationship. High expectations of marriage can lead to one of two things: a happy, healthy marriage or a toxic marriage because the standards are way too high to meet.

The dynamic in play here is known as the suffocation marriage model. This occurs when couples want more and more out of their relationship, but don't have the time or the energy to nurture their relationship. When the expectations don't match the reality of the relationship, the satisfaction of the marriage will decrease. This results in some couples raising expectations while others will lower their expectations.

Using collaborative law in dividing property

Finding out that your spouse wants to get divorced is never easy to hear. This can be on the most difficult things you will go through during your lifetime. The minute you are told that divorce is imminent you should begin preparing by finding a divorce attorney who can help you divide property using collaborative law in Fort Lauderdale.

Collaborative law is a great way for a couple to resolve all issues related to a divorce, including the division of property, especially if both parties are resolved to reaching an agreement together. Committing to the collaborative process is done by signing a written agreement that both parties will provide all the necessary documents to reach a final decision.

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