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Benefits of Hiring a Divorce Attorney

If you find yourself facing a dissolution of a marriage, you will want to hire a reputable divorce attorney to help navigate the process. Divorce is stressful enough.  Don’t add to your stress by doing it by yourself and learning the Florida court system.

With an experienced divorce lawyer by your side, you’ll be able to handle the legal process with only a modicum of anxiety. Here are four excellent benefits of procuring a skilled Florida divorce lawyer.

1) Intimate Knowledge of Florida Divorce Law

If you have quite a few assets to divide up, you’ll almost assuredly want a lawyer who is knowledgeable in the field. Marital property may run the gamut from cars to houses to retirement benefits to various smaller household items that nonetheless have retained quite a bit of sentimental value. Experienced lawyers who have handled a number of Florida divorce cases will be able to develop viable legal action plans that will lead to judgments in your favor. read more

Florida Child Relocation after Divorce

child relocation after divorce

Divorce is a stressful time for all parties involved. It is a life-changing situation especially when children are involved. The stress is exacerbated further when custodial parent relocation becomes a point of contention. If a parent wants to implement a child relocation after divorce, the matter becomes even more complex and sometimes more contentious.

Florida Law: Child Relocation After Divorce

Florida Statutes concerning relocation are focused on what is best for minor children and protecting the rights of non-custodial parents. If the relocation means moving more than 50 miles from the non-custodial parent, the relocating parent will have to inform the courts and the former spouse by using the Intent to Relocate form. The laws specify formal written consent. However, even when the other party consents, the Court may still step in to review the petition. read more

Legal Separation vs Divorce in Florida

A question we frequently hear from clients is in regard to legal marital separation  in Florida, and any benefit it offers relative to the divorce process. Interestingly, Florida is one of eight states that does not recognize legal separation between a couple.

Within Florida, a husband and wife can legally live separately, however state law does not recognize the status of legally separated. In some ways, this absence of legally separated status can make separation easier for some couples, noting that husband and wife can separate without the need for court order. This is especially beneficial when a couple may wish to avoid legal process due to social, religious or professional concerns. read more

Life After Divorce

If your marriage has recently come to an end, you may very well be unsure of where to turn for assistance. In fact, moving on after divorce can be a difficult concept for many individuals. With a bit of dedication and a sense of optimism, however, you can quickly regain your zest for life.

Here are a few tried-and-true tips that will undoubtedly allow you to get back on track.

Take Time to Grieve

When your divorce has at last been finalized, you may find yourself emotionally unprepared for the aftermath. If you haven’t given yourself time to mourn the small things, you will likely be unable to move on.  In fact, allowing yourself time to grieve after a divorce can be quite cathartic. By recognizing that you have made the best decision for either yourself and/or  your family, however, you will ultimately be able to continue on with your life without any baggage. read more

When And How To Modify Child Support in Florida

There are many situations under which agreed upon or mandated Child Support arrangements may require modification. In fact, child support modification is one of the most common concerns many people face post-divorce as they navigate life as single parents.

In order to best understand circumstances  leading to modifying child support, visit our website to learn more about  the factors determining Florida Child Support. In Florida, a court will issue a child support order outlining what parents must do to adequately support and care for their children. This court order makes clear the financial responsibilities each parent must meet for their children’s housing, food, education, health care and other living expenses. read more

Factors and Guidelines Determining Florida Child Support

Within this State, a court will issue a Florida child support order outlining what parents must do to adequately support and care for their children. According to Florida Law, enforcing child support orders means getting the parent to follow and abide by what the order states. This court order makes clear the financial responsibilities each parent must meet for their children’s housing, food, education, health care and other living expenses.

Child support is calculated pursuant to Florida Statute 61.30. These are regulations used to determine the level of support needed for a child, as well as the amount a parent has to pay. Florida child support guidelines help ensure support amounts are fair and equitable in relation to the parent’s financial abilities. read more

How to Choose a Divorce Attorney

If you and your spouse are separating, your main question may be “How do I choose a divorce attorney?” Going through a divorce can be overwhelming, but there are specific factors to consider that may safeguard you from hiring the wrong representative. Please read our list of how to evaluate a divorce attorney on these 8 points.

1. Inquire about fees.

When you consult with a divorce lawyer, discuss fees upfront so that you can focus on the litigation. Ask what the hourly rate is, when the fees are charged, what forms of payment are accepted, and whether or not the retainer is refundable. read more

Preparing for a Divorce – Top 10 Checklist

Before you ask your spouse to terminate your marriage, you need to learn how to prepare for a divorce. Divorce preparation is important because a vindictive spouse can complicate the new life that you would like to begin leading. The following divorce checklist will help you with your divorce preparation and will make sure that you continue in the right direction.

1. Don’t Date –

The first thing that you will need to understand is that this won’t be a time to begin dating again. How you live your life will be scrutinized especially if the custody of your children is in question. Maintain a life above reproach while divorce proceedings are ongoing. read more

5 Most Common Questions about Divorce

Not a day goes by without at least one or more of these questions.  We hope this list will help you in your decision.

1) Is my spouse entitled to half of everything I own?

Generally speaking, yes. Most assets acquired during the marriage are considered marital property and are subject to equitable distribution.  Pre-marital assets are usually considered separate property and would not be entitled to the other spouse at the time of divorce. Also, an inheritance that is not co-mingled with marital funds, or real estate inherited that does not include the spouses name on the title, would normally be considered separate property and would not be entitled to the other spouse as well. read more