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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Complex Divorce Blog

Consider divorcing your home in a divorce

Getting a divorce is an incredibly difficult process, even for couples that have not been in sync for quite some time. The prospects of divorce can become even more difficult when you are more attached to the family home than to your spouse. Once divorce has been decided on, you will then need to figure out who stays in the house or if it will be sold.

The answer here is that there is no right or wrong answer to selling the family home in divorce. It all boils down to if the house is in both of your names, if there are children in the marriage, the personalities of you both and if the court gets involved in the divorce.

How is credit card debt divided in a divorce?

It's not uncommon for couples to accumulate credit card debt during the life of their marriage. Even though debt is a problem in and of itself, it really becomes a problem when the couple decides that the marriage is no longer viable. So, how is a couple's credit card debt divided in a divorce?

One of the first options you should look at when headed towards divorce in Florida is possibly paying off the joint credit card debt. If this is a possibility, be sure to discuss it with your spouse and make the payments before the divorce is finalized. If you two cannot pay off the debt right now, consider dividing it and transferring the debt to credit cards that are in your name only, not joint accounts.

Using collaborative law in child custody cases

Collaborative law is a hot topic in the Sunshine State as new laws took effect recently that make it a viable option for handling a host of family law matters. Couples working through child custody cases now have an important method to use when trying to create an agreement.

Collaborative law falls under the category of alternative dispute resolutions (ADR), which are used most in cases involving child custody agreements. Collaborative law works best in child custody cases where parents have a high willingness to work together in an effort to resolve their issues. The process also works well when parents are in disagreement on some of the lesser issues involved in child custody compared to the major issues.

Florida official embroiled in high asset divorce case

A Florida official is embroiled in a high asset divorce case that seems to have her jockeying for her husband's money. The official, Clerk of Court Brenda D. Forman, works in Broward County. Her husband, Howard C. Forman, is a former politician in the state. He recently also served as Clerk of Court. He stepped down from the position and helped get his wife elected.

Just three months after Forman was elected to her husband's former post, her husband filed for divorce. One day after the papers were filed, Mrs. Forman requested that the court appoint her as the temporary guardian of her husband, which would give her control over his property, safety and money. She claimed that he was in the early stages of dementia.

What are signs that divorce could be in your future?

Making sure a marriage is happy, healthy and loving can be more difficult for some couples than others. This doesn't mean that you've failed at being married. It just could be a sign that the marriage was not meant for you or your spouse at the time. So, what are some common signs that divorce could be in your future?

If you find that you are spending less and less time with your spouse, it's quite possible that the marriage is heading in the wrong direction. If you aren't bothered by all of the time apart, this is another sign that you might be headed for a divorce.

What you need to know about permanent alimony in Florida

If you are a wealthy man headed for divorce, you probably have a lot of concerns about your finances. One of your main worries might be alimony, especially if your wife has mostly stayed at home. How much is she going to fight for and how much will she get? 

You might have already heard something about permanent alimony. While it only happens under certain circumstances, it is possible you could end up in a permanent arrangement. Here is a look at what the court considers when deciding whether to order permanent spousal support in Florida and potential changes in the law. 

Creating an estate plan for a second marriage

Marriage is such a fun time, even if it is your second or subsequent marriage. The planning can still be stressful, especially if you are getting married a second time. You likely put together an estate plan the first time around. You will want to do the same thing for the second marriage. It is just as important.

Before you put the new estate plan into writing, be sure to speak with your future spouse about the plan. Both of you will want to be on the same page regarding long-term goals, financial issues and guardianship issues. Guardianship issues should cover children from a prior relationship and possible children from the second marriage.

Using collaborative law in child support cases

Child support cases are never one in the same. Each one is different from top to bottom, so it's never a good idea to listen to what your friends or family went through as you prepare for your own. There will likely be few similarities between the cases. Here's how you can use collaborative law in your child support case in Fort Lauderdale.

Parents who are not able to settle their disagreements over child support can turn to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This is where collaborative law comes into play for those in child support cases in Florida. ADR can be a very beneficial process for those involved in child support cases based on the willingness of both parties to work towards a solution and the degree of dispute the parties are at regarding the biggest issues.

Can I keep my inheritance in a divorce?

Florida is an equitable distribution state, meaning that marital property assets must be split fairly during a divorce.

However, if you received an inheritance during your marriage that you want to keep after a divorce, whether you can do so or not largely depends on how separate you kept the inheritance.

What is asset valuation in high-asset divorce?

When it comes to the topic of divorce, more and more people are willing to discuss what they went through with those involved in the process now. No longer is the word taboo. No longer do you have to quietly discuss divorce with friends and family. Openness is more common these days. So, what is asset valuation in high-asset divorce?

For starters, high-asset divorce involves an incredible amount of assets. We are talking millions of dollars in investments, property or real estate. Property can include cars, collections, watercraft and much more. All of these items must be valued during a divorce so that they can be divided equally among the two parties, especially if they were acquired during the life of the marriage.

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