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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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What Should You Do If Your Ex-Spouse Will Not Remove His Or Her Personal Property From Your House?

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In movies, it makes for a delightfully dramatic scene when one spouse lets the other know that the marriage is over by removing their spouse’s property from the marital home.  One of the most memorable scenes in Larry Crowne is when Julia Roberts’s character kicks her husband to the curb by moving his computer… Read More »

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3 Ways Blended Families Can Avoid Holiday Stress

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Every divorced couple with minor children must agree to a court-ordered parenting plan, and every parenting plan includes a detailed schedule of which parent will be with the children on each day of the year, including holidays.  While this is certainly preferable to spending the entire month of November fighting about where the kids… Read More »

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Can You Stop Paying Alimony If Your Ex-Spouse Moves In With A New Partner?

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Divorce does not mean that your ex-spouse can no longer affect your life, financially or otherwise, especially if you have children together.  It does, however, mean that you are free to date someone new or even remarry.  The default option is for the family court not to interfere in divorced parents’ relationships with new… Read More »

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Are Grandparents Entitled To Parenting Time In Divorce Cases?

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Somewhere, there is a woman who gives thanks every day of the year that, now that she is divorced, her ex-mother-in-law can no longer ruin Christmas with her endless parade of drama like she did during the marriage.  Somewhere else, there is a woman who would rather communicate with her ex-mother-in-law than with her… Read More »

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Disputes Over Home Furniture In Florida Divorce

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Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means that there is no set formula for dividing marital property; equitable distribution only means that the court must divide the couple’s property in the fairest possible way.  Most couples are able to agree to a fair division of property and sign a marital settlement agreement (MSA),… Read More »

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Postnuptial Agreements Can Prevent Conflict In Marriage And Divorce

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The biggest factor that predicts that a couple will sign a prenuptial agreement is not a lack of commitment to the marriage; rather, it is the fact that one or both parties have complex financial entanglements that predate the marriage.  Setting down in writing what the new spouse’s relationship will be to any of… Read More »

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Crafting A Parenting Plan For Today’s Confusing World

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When you interact with people a generation older than you, it is impossible not to notice how much the world has changed since you were a child.  When someone whose grandchildren are the same age as your kids asks you if you are getting custody of your children, you can be sure that their… Read More »

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Preparing For A Stress-Free Divorce Starts Now

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Divorce Monday, the first business Monday in January, is the day when family law courts receive more divorce petitions and divorce lawyers receive more inquiries from prospective clients than any other day of the year.  Most people who make a move toward divorce on Divorce Monday do not do so on a whim; most… Read More »

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Harassment And Protective Orders During Divorce Cases

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While long-divorced people may consider their failed marriages as learning experiences, and while you might feel a huge sense of relief as soon as your divorce becomes final, almost everyone who has been divorced counts the divorce process among life’s most stressful experiences.  Perhaps there is no such thing as a beautiful divorce, but… Read More »

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Are Divorce Settlements For Chumps?

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Most criminal cases do not go to trial, and the same is true of most divorce cases.  This means that most defendants in criminal cases plead guilty and receive sentences; inevitably, some of these are punishments that they do not deserve.  In divorce court and in criminal court, a lot of people just want… Read More »

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