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Divorcing in Florida? Options for what to do with your house

You're divorcing, and you're done deciding how to split the contents of your Florida home. It went fairly smoothly, save for the squabbles over the living room furniture, the kids' artwork and the big-screen TV.

But you've yet to come to an agreement on the biggest possession of all: the house itself.

Hoping for an amicable divorce? Try the collaborative approach

You and your spouse have decided you no longer work as a married couple. You decide to part amicably, remain friends and raise your kids together. You want to agree on child custody, support, property division - well, everything - on your own.

You're almost there but can't hammer out the final few issues. It sounds as if you and your spouse are great candidates for what is known as a collaborative divorce.

Take inventory of assets, debts when it's time to divorce

When you decide to divorce, there is much to consider. Anything related to the children is at the top of the list, but a huge part of your divorce settlement will concern how to divide your marital property.

In states such as Florida, judges try their best to come up with an equitable division of assets in a divorce. When we marry, we tend to acquire things as "ours" instead of "mine" and "yours." Our bank accounts are merged, and both of our salaries go toward paying our bills and acquiring things such as homes and cars. While married couples put their assets together easily, untangling them isn't as easy.

Tips for helping a marital business survive divorce

Your divorce will impact virtually every aspect of your life, especially your business. If you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse co-own a business, the separation becomes more complex. Not only must you figure out your emotions and personal finances, but the future of your company is at stake.

While you may feel like there is no way your business will survive, it is possible. Here are several guidelines for dealing with your business during divorce. 

Postnuptial agreements are practical when circumstances change

When you got married, you were practically kids, fresh out of college with both a mountain of student loan debt and big hopes for the future.

All you needed was love and the Florida beaches. Who needed a prenuptial agreement?

For a successful mediation, meet with a divorce lawyer first

Mediation in a divorce has become more commonplace in Florida and around the country as couples look to find a way to end their marriage in a friendlier, more informal manner than in court.

With mediation, the two spouses sit with a third party - the mediator - to try to come to an agreement on things such as property division, child custody and spousal support in a friendly, non-adversarial manner. Divorce mediation can lead couples to come to a solution that is appropriate for them and their situation. Remember that no couple is the same; divorces aren't one-size-fits-all either.

Forensic accountants can be big part of the team in a divorce

You and your spouse have worked hard and earned good incomes. In reviewing your accounts and financial documents as you prepare to divorce, though, something doesn't seem right.

Shouldn't your savings account have several thousand dollars more in it? Where's all the paperwork for the boat your spouse bought to take out on the Florida waters? And come to think of it, what happened to the boat?

New laws will affect Florida residents who divorce in 2019

We've been hearing a lot about the new tax laws that will take effect in January 2019. Now, just weeks away from the new year, let's discuss what Florida residents seeking a divorce can expect.

Shifts in alimony

Preparing for your divorce

Going through a divorce can be tough, even under the best of circumstances. Taking some preparatory steps can help the process go smoother.

Preparation can take various forms, depending on your specific circumstances. Some situations may present difficult legal questions, which it is important to discuss with your attorney.

How do you get a collaborative divorce in Florida?

At one point, you loved and cherished each other. The "'til death do us part" didn't last, but that doesn't mean you have to leave your marriage without the same respect you entered it.

Enter collaborative divorce.

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