Of all the issues that arise during a divorce in Florida, alimony can be the most complicated. For one thing, judges do not have clear guidelines to follow. The net effect is that three judges can hear the exact same case and hand down wildly varying results. If you are a woman or man seeking alimony, it can be disheartening to have no idea what result to expect.
In some cases, divorce brings out the best in both spouses. They work together, perhaps through mediation or their lawyers, to reach fair agreements on issues such as child custody and property division. In many scenarios, however, people behave less than ideally during divorce. In some cases, their fears or heightened emotions may cause them to hide property.
Divorce is difficult for everyone involved. Deciding how time is shared with the children and how personal and/or business assets are divided can certainly add a high level of stress to the pressures of daily life. However, you can face a marital dissolution with dignity by making a smoother transition that is healthiest for everyone. Taking care of yourself in the process is just one way to accomplish that.
Although you had been planning your marriage ceremony for years, it may have seemed that the event would never take place simply because your marriage vows would be shared with a person of the same sex. With the recognition of same-sex marriage on a federal level; however, that special event finally had a date on the calendar.
At The Law Offices of B. Finkel P.A., we're not just family law attorneys and divorce lawyers. We're long-time residents of the South Florida community. We've watched our friends and their families grow older. One of the pleasures of a married couple growing older is growing old together. The kids grow up and the couple becomes empty-nesters. There's more time to travel, bond or just spend alone with each other.
Any South Florida divorce lawyer or family law attorney knows that for families in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami and Palm Beach facing divorce, grandparents can play important roles. They can help maintain normalcy in the children's lives - even as the parents endure the difficult trials of divorce. Children of a family torn apart by the separation need stability, continuity and comfort that well-intended grandparents can provide.
You catch your spouse in an affair. The marriage is irreconcilably broken. Divorce is imminent. But can infidelity or the presence of an affair lead to more alimony or a larger financial award when the case is settled? That depends. The short answer is, No.
Spring break and summer vacation are big holiday travel times for South Florida families - including those facing or with settled divorces. Depending on what parenting plan and a time-sharing schedule for minor children stipulate as far as each parent's travel schedules, it's never too soon to approach the other parent to plan a vacation getaway.
Any South Florida family law attorney or couples seeking separation or divorce who read a recent article in the Huffington Post would have been aghast at the tale. A divorced couple who shared custody of their son did so without any formal timesharing agreement. They agreed the son would live with his Mom, and spend time with his father in California. Then, following one trip west, the father informed the mother that he and his new wife thought they were better suited to serve the boy's needs. He called her unfit and claimed sole custody.
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.