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Reject Your Spouse’s Settlement Offer At Your Own Risk

By Schwartz | White |

Only a small percentage of divorces are so simple that the parties can go from initially deciding to file for divorce to becoming legally single again without either party hiring a lawyer. An equally small percentage get so complicated that they need to go to trial so that a judge can decide on the… Read More »

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Starry-Eyed Entrepreneurial Dreams Are Not A Basis for Imputing Income

By Schwartz | White |

Optimism is a prerequisite for entrepreneurship. This is obvious to impossibly peppy motivational speakers who fill hotel ballrooms with aspiring business owners, as well as to business school professors who teach courses on design thinking. It is also obvious to the relatives with stable but boring jobs who keep providing money to the family… Read More »

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What Happens To Your Alimony Obligations If Your Ex-Spouse Moved In With A New Partner Before You Divorced?

By Schwartz | White |

One of the most emotionally charged reasons that people request a reduction or early termination of their alimony obligations is when the supported ex-spouse has begun cohabiting with a new partner. Even if the supported spouse and the new partner do not share an address, the court might reduce the paying spouse’s alimony obligations… Read More »

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How Much Effort Does Your Spouse Have To put Into Contacting You Before They Can Get A Default Divorce Judgment?

By Schwartz | White |

By the time some couples divorce, the communication between them has broken down so far that they cannot stand to speak to each other or be in the same room together. Therefore, some couples in the process of getting a divorce only communicate with each other through their lawyers or through divorce and co-parenting… Read More »

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Premarital Business Assets And Equitable Distribution

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Unless the couple has a prenuptial agreement that says otherwise, Florida law regards all income earned by either spouse during the marriage as marital property, which means that the property is subject to equitable distribution in a divorce. This means that, if a business you owned before marriage appreciated in value during the marriage,… Read More »

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Co-Parenting Disputes About School Districts

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All children in Florida have the right to attend public schools, but they must attend the school located in the district where they reside. Every year, news outlets report stories of families falsifying children’s addresses to enable the child to attend the school of the parent’s choosing; for example, there have been cases where… Read More »

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The Family Court Will Foil Your Ex-Spouse’s Efforts To Hide Income

By Schwartz | White |

So many people underreport their income on their tax returns that the IRS does not even investigate unless the amount of underreporting is truly egregious, such as if someone claims to earn only $30,000 per year yet makes payments on the mortgage of a four-bedroom house and two car loans. When you get divorced,… Read More »

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Alimony Decisions That Assume That The Supported Spouse Will Re-Enter The Workforce After Divorce

By Schwartz | White |

Whenever possible, Florida divorce courts divide a couple’s marital assets in such a way that neither spouse will require alimony from the other. If one spouse has little or no income, though, alimony is often the only choice. In order to determine how much money the supported spouse needs, though, the court must determine… Read More »

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Sometimes Divorce Gets Ugly Even After Families Stick Together Through Thick And Thin

By Schwartz | White |

Approximately half of all marriages end in divorce, and all except the most cynical among us would admit that most of those marriages begin with the best of intentions. The situations where one spouse ignored the warning signs before the marriage, such as their beloved’s expensive tastes or domineering mother, only to realize within… Read More »

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Beware Of Ambiguous Terms In Child Support Agreements

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The only thing worse than a child support order that makes you pay more money than you can afford is one that leaves it unclear how much money you are responsible for paying. If this happens, it is possible for your ex to interpret the order in a way that makes it seem like… Read More »

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