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October 2014 Archives

Can the cost of a wedding predict the eventual end of a marriage?

Divorce affects a lot of couples through the United States, so it's no wonder that researchers are constantly trying to figure out the root causes of divorce. For example, last year a study showed that arguing about finances early in a marriage led to a greater risk for divorce. That makes perfect sense considering that financial stress is thought to be the number one reason for divorce in our country.

Florida congressman faces accusation from estranged wife

We often discuss high-asset divorces on this blog because they can be extremely contentious. The large amount of assets in these divorces often plays a large role in the complications that arise. Let’s take, for example, the case of U.S. Representative Alan Grayson, who represents Florida’s 9th district.

Questions to consider before divorce PART 2

In our last post we discussed the questions a person may ask themselves when making the decision to divorce. While the first part of this discussion centered on your feelings about the marriage, another important aspect to consider is how you feel about the divorce.

Questions to consider before divorce PART 1

The decision to divorce may perhaps be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make in your life. Sometimes there are a lot of what-ifs that keep us hoping for a resolution or for an eventual fix to our marital problems. A lot of people question whether right now is the right time. In many cases, they may even talk themselves out of divorce because of a variety of reasons.

Child custody takes into account the best interest of the child

One of the first expressions that soon-to-be divorced parents will hear is "best interest of the child." The biggest question they may have is "What does that really mean?" Although the best interest of a child may seem pretty subjective, there are certain general ideas that judges consider when making a determination as to what is in the best interest of any child involved in a divorce.

The benefits of having a forensic accountant on your side

Those considering divorce may believe that their divorce team should consist only of a lawyer, but in high-asset divorce cases, an experienced lawyer will know when to partner with professionals such as private investigators, tax experts and forensic accountants. The question you may be asking yourself is "Why would I need any of these other individuals?" The core reason for these types of professionals is simple: a complex divorce can benefit from the support of a specialized divorce team.

How to handle the ups and downs of midlife divorce

It may not come as a surprise anymore that divorce among older generations is booming. It’s hard to pinpoint a specific reason behind this trend, but a lot of it may have to do with longer lifespans. In general, people are living longer, which forces them to evaluate whether or not they want to spend the rest of their life with their current spouse. Their children may be out of the house and most of their primary goals accomplished, which leaves them with the task of really evaluating their marriage.

What are some common child custody misconceptions?

Once you've started discussing the possibility of divorce, you will often notice that almost everyone you know has an opinion on what you should do or what is likely to happen. While this can be helpful to some degree, it can also lead to a lot of misinformation.

Can I change an alimony order after divorce?

Divorce can seem like a long road – longer than just the actual process and paperwork. It’s a buildup of, in many cases, years of emotions and a lot of back and forth when it comes to actually making the final decision. After that, Florida residents invest time in the actual process of deciding issues such as alimony, child support and custody and property division. When it is all said and done, some are able to breathe a sigh of relief. Some come out of it satisfied, that is, until their circumstances change.

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