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How long can you expect divorce mediation to last?

With so many benefits of divorce mediation, you should give this your full and undivided attention before taking your case to the court room. This approach provides more control over the process, which allows you and your soon-to-be ex to negotiate and compromise on your way to reaching a divorce settlement.

Addressing a parent's alcoholism in collaborative divorce

Ending a marriage via a collaborative divorce has many advantages. Besides saving time and money, it gives both spouses greater control over the process. It also helps them maintain an amicable relationship and practice working together -- two things that are essential if they have children whom they will be co-parenting.

Why parenting plans change

One great thing about setting up a parenting plan with your co-parent is the predictability it brings. For example, there should rarely be a question about who pays what and when one parent has the child(ren). This stability is a huge stress reliever for children and parents alike. That said, life circumstances change. Little by little, your life may have transformed so much that seven years later, it is a poor match for the official parenting plan.

What happens to your pets when you divorce?

You may think of Fluffy and Sunshine as members of your family. Maybe they are even like your own children. However, Florida law decrees that pets are considered personal property, although a law change in Alaska that determines custody of pets based on their well-being may soon spread to other states.

Why alimony is a tricky issue in Florida

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.

Is your spouse hiding assets? Know the warning signs.

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.

Taking care of yourself during the divorce

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.

Unique problems revealed during same-sex divorce

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.

South Florida Family Law Blog: Senior Divorce - No Minor Kids, No Problems? Boomers Facing Divorce Still Must Navigate Issues

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.

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