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December 2012 Archives

South Florida Family Law Attorney Quoted on 'Holidays, Divorce & Managing It All'

"As a child of divorced parents, I remember my mom and dad arguing every holiday season over how they will make their work schedules fit in with who gets us kids on which holidays," a Miami Herald columnist wrote recently.

Her comments introduced those of guest blogger, Barry Finkel, who shared his wisdom on how to keep family peace during the holiday season. As the founding partner of The Law Firm of Barry I. Finkel P.A., a divorce and family law practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Finkel focuses on serving the needs of the entire family.

Pro Se Divorce Debate: Hire a South Florida Family Law Attorney - or Risk the Perils of Do-It-Yourself Representation

When facing divorce, couples have options. They can hire an experienced family law attorney who will protect his or her client's best interests; or the sides can download fill-in-the-blank documents and handle their divorce case pro se, or "for one's own behalf." In this do-it-yourself strategy, the individuals advocate for themselves or on their own behalf before a court, instead of hiring a lawyer.

With the possible exception of uncontested divorces with no assets or children, pro se representation is a risky proposition - no matter how much the sides believe they may save in the process. In fact, pro se representation can open both sides to permanent risk and significant financial loss.

Fort Lauderdale Family Law Attorney: South Florida Women Facing Divorce Must Be Financially Prepared

It's long been the lament of family law attorneys representing wives in separation and divorce cases. All too often, women arrive to this place in their lives with little to no knowledge of the family's finances. Many have been homemakers and mothers to the children - with no involvement in earning an income or managing the household's money matters.

If they get a look at the family's financial state, it may be a quick glimpse at the joint income tax return they sign, assuming the couple files jointly. If they file separately, they may have no idea what their spouse makes.

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