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Not Every Change In Financial Circumstances Warrants A Modification Of Child Support

By Schwartz | White |

The Florida child support guidelines require the court to make detailed findings about both parents’ income, assets, and expenses, as well as about how likely the parents’ financial circumstances are to change before the children reach adulthood. Parents have the right to petition the court if one parent’s financial circumstances change, making the child… Read More »

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Can The Court Make You Continue To Pay Alimony After Your Ex-Spouse Enters A Supportive Relationship With A New Partner

By Schwartz | White |

Permanent alimony is not always as glamorous as it sounds. The courts only award permanent alimony if the parties were married for 17 years or more and if the earning potential of the financially disadvantaged spouse is low enough that they will require financial support from the wealthier spouse even if they work as… Read More »

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What Happens To Co-Parenting Arrangements When One Parent Moves Out Of Florida?

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One of the most fraught issues that can arise after divorce and after a family has adjusted to co-parenting is when one parent plans to move far enough away that the current plan will become untenable after the move. If the relocating parent is with the children for more than 50 percent of the… Read More »

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The Perils Of Vaguely Worded Prenuptial Agreements

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The best prenuptial agreements reflect such a carefully considered resolution about the finances of the parties, as a couple and as individuals, that they can not only prevent divorce but also reduce conflicts during probate after the parties have stayed together for the rest of their lives. Satisfactory prenups may not prevent divorce, but… Read More »

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Increasing Your Parenting Time After Your Health Has Stabilized Is More Challenging Than It Sounds

By Schwartz | White |

Millions of Americans are living with chronic illnesses; this number includes people of all ages, including parents of minor children. Your health history plays a role in your divorce case to the extent that your medical expenses and ability to work are factors affecting equitable distribution and spousal support awards. How your illness affects… Read More »

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The Parent’s Work Opportunities Are A Primary Concern For Courts In Approving Relocation Out Of State With Minor Children

By Schwartz | White |

When you are a divorced parent of a minor child, you need the court’s permission to move out of Florida; the court must be satisfied that your move is in the child’s best interest. Traveling long distances from one parent’s house to the other is a challenge, so other factors must weigh in favor… Read More »

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If You Retired Early At Your Spouse’s Urging, Do You Get Alimony Or Return To The Workforce?

By Schwartz | White |

If the financially disadvantaged spouse is not working at the time of the divorce, the court may impute income to him or her when deciding how much alimony, if any, to award. The court can also impute income to the wealthier spouse, who would need to pay alimony, if the financially disadvantaged spouse can… Read More »

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Now That You Are Divorced, Should You Splurge?

By Schwartz | White |

Anyone who says that marriage is just a piece of paper has never been divorce; undoing the legal reality created by the piece of paper costs a lot of time and money, and many people find that it is the most stressful and painful thing they have ever done. Disentangling the finances of people… Read More »

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Another Divorce App Is Coming Soon To Florida, But Do We Really Need One?

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The United States has one of the highest divorce rates in the world. According to the Legal Jobs blog, 75,000 couples in the U.S. get divorced each year, and the average divorce costs at least $8,400.00. Given that more than half of Americans cannot afford a $400 emergency expense, where will they get the… Read More »

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If Your Ex-Spouse Stays In The Marital Home With The Children, Is It Equitable Distribution, Alimony, Or Child Support?

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What happens to the marital home after a couple gets a divorce is a fraught issue in many divorce cases. Some cases include multiple hearings and motions for contempt, not over the issue of who gets to keep the house after the divorce, but even which spouse gets to stay in the marital home… Read More »

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