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March 2014 Archives

What not to do in divorce (PART 1)

We have written a lot on our blog about the steps necessarily for a successful divorce. But once in a while, readers need to be reminded of the ‘do not dos’ of divorce.  After all, it can sometimes be easy to get caught up in bad behavior during the process because it can be so emotionally overwhelming. Before you do something that you regret, take the time to consider the things you should avoid doing.

Planning to divorce? Time to get organized

You've decided you want a divorce. You realize it's going to be emotionally taxing but even more so, you realize that it's going to include a lot of paperwork. When it comes to the emotional part, friends, family and possibly a psychologist may be good resources to turn to. And when it comes to the paperwork, turn to your lawyer. He or she can be the guiding light through the process, taking it from a stressful, complicated mess to an organized set of instructions.

The benefits of infidelity clauses in prenuptial agreements

Some of our readers likely know at least a little bit about prenuptial agreements, whether it is from a close friend's experience or from hearing stories related to prenups of the rich and famous. Usually, these agreements are used to make clear what will be separate and marital property in case of divorce. Other topics covered in prenuptial agreements include alimony and inheritance or estate planning issues.

Is a family pet a custody or property division issue?

Just about every Florida resident either knows a pet owner or is a pet owner, so it’s no surprise that lawyers often have to deal with pet custody in divorce cases. As one would expect, it can often be quite an emotional task, because in many cases spouses have a strong attachment to a pet, much like they would to a child. In fact, according to a recent survey, about 27 percent of lawyers said they’ve seen an increase in the number of couples who fight over the custody of their pet.

Is getting rid of no-fault divorce a good idea?

Florida is a no-fault divorce state. What that basically means is that the spouse filing for divorce does not have to prove the other spouse was at fault, and the court will accept "irretrievably broken" as grounds for divorce. Since 1969, when California began offering no-fault divorces, all other states slowly began adopting no-fault divorce laws as well.

Kids and college: who will pay?

It may seem like child custody is the hardest issue to consider when it comes to divorce because it involves actual time spent with your child. But Florida parents should also consider the true value of having child support decided fairly. While there are legal guidelines when it comes to child support, there are also other expenses to consider such as health insurance and college costs. Even if your child is a toddler, it’s a good idea to think ahead. It may mean the difference between being able to put your child through college and struggling to pay for even a semester.

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