Author Archives: Jay Butchko
Lifestyle Choices After Gray Divorce: Retire Modestly or Return to the Workforce for a Second Career?
People over 50 account for the largest percentage of divorce cases filed in recent years. The media stereotype about gray divorce is that both spouses have separate incomes and can comfortably retire without each other, so once their children have grown up, they give up on trying to resolve their differences and instead go… Read More »
In-laws are a major source of marital discord; they rank up there with jealousy and money-related disagreements as a source of conflict between spouses. Almost every aspect of your life becomes more stressful when one of your spouse’s parents insists on being a third wheel in your marriage. Things that are supposed to be… Read More »
Permanent alimony, where one spouse sends the other monthly checks until one of the former spouses dies or the recipient spouse remarries, is a popular subject for clickbait, comments on clickbait, and discussions that have little basis in the law. Florida law acknowledges six possible types of alimony, one of which is permanent alimony. … Read More »
Lots of people have an angry, knee jerk reaction when they hear the word alimony, but there are more complex legal issues involved with it than you might expect. Most people who get divorced in Florida do not have to pay alimony at all. Likewise, in most cases, the spouses themselves work out the… Read More »
Can You Still Exercise Your Parenting Time If the Court Issues a Domestic Violence Injunction Against You?
The courts have an obligation to respect the rights of people accused of wrongdoing, such as the right to due process of law before the court takes any long-lasting action against them. They also have an obligation to protect people who are in immediate danger of harm, especially when that harm involves physical violence. … Read More »
Moving into a new house is never easy. The best-case scenario is that everything is packed up by the time the movers arrive, and once you are in your new place, you know that all your stuff is there, even though you don’t have time to unpack it. Still having stuff in boxes more… Read More »
You can never tell from looking at someone what they have been through during the times before you met them. Someone might have a good relationship with his teen children and be on reasonably good terms with his ex-wife, but their divorce may have involved much more drama than you could imagine, and perhaps… Read More »
You might have heard people complain that they want to divorce, but their spouse refuses to go along with the process. Divorcing a stubborn spouse is no fun, but it is no worse than being married to a stubborn spouse. At least two reality TV stars from Florida have publicly commented that their estranged… Read More »
Certain social media accounts are dedicated to instilling in young men the fear that a pretty young thing will steal their hearts, and no sooner will the ink dry on the marriage certificate than she will be asking for permanent alimony. As many clicks as these accounts may get, and as entertaining as their… Read More »
Someone once said that having a child is like seeing your heart walking around outside your body. As such, seeing the way other people interact with your child can trigger emotions you never knew you had. You never thought your spouse was shallow until you heard the things she said about what people would… Read More »