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Don’t Let Debt Ruin Your Marriage

By Schwartz | White |

Money can’t buy love, but if divorce statistics are any indication, it is perfectly capable of ruining it.  Couples take vows to stay together for richer or for poorer, but ongoing financial stress can bring out the worst in everyone.  Sometimes couples blame each other for their financial problems; you think that everything would… Read More »

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What Is the Difference Between Financial Infidelity and Marital Misconduct?

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If you ask divorced people what caused the breakdown of their marriages, they will usually tell you that it was money, lies, or both.  Another man or another woman entering the picture and stealing your spouse’s heart doesn’t help, but when a marriage breaks down because of an extramarital affair, the affair is only… Read More »

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You Can’t Base an Imputed Income Amount on Wishful Thinking

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No one likes to hear someone say, “You could make so much money if only you would do X, Y, and Z.”  Coming from a party guest, especially one that you do not know very well, you can easily chalk it up to infelicitous small talk.  Between spouses, though, this topic of conversation amounts… Read More »

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The “Dinner for Chumps” Parenting Plan

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The home stretch of co-parenting is supposed to be the easiest part.  No one ever said that it is easy to be a parent to teenagers, but as your children get close to adulthood, you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, where your ex-spouse no longer has a say in… Read More »

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Lump Sum Alimony

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Welcome to Florida, where the things that people rant and rave about on the Internet become the law of the land.  For example, last year, a law went into effect whereby couples may no longer include permanent alimony as a provision of marital settlement agreements, nor may judges order it in divorce trials.  The… Read More »

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When Can You Get Out of Going to Family Mediation?

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In virtually every area of the law, most cases do not go to trial, but whether or not this comes as reassuring news depends on the context.  If you are facing criminal charges, it probably does not cheer you up that you will probably eventually reach the conclusion that pleading guilty is your best… Read More »

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Can Unmarried Couples Go to Court Over Property Division?

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People say that marriage is just a piece of paper, but that piece of paper makes all the difference in a divorce case.  Florida does not recognize common law marriage.  Unless you and your spouse have a legally valid marriage certificate, nothing that either of you has bought during your marriage counts as marital… Read More »

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Interspousal Gifts Are the Separate Property of the Recipient

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When it comes to determining which assets count as marital property and which spouse gets to keep how much of the marital wealth after divorce, the family courts are not in the business of keeping score.  All of the property that the parties acquired during the marriage is marital; it doesn’t matter which spouse… Read More »

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Three Things That Make Everyone Feel Broke: Alimony, Child Support, and Taxes

By Schwartz | White |

After the first year of co-parenting after divorce, you settle into a new normal.  You enjoy every moment of ordering from the McDonald’s dollar menu and watching Netflix with your kids on the weekend nights when your children are with you, and on the nights when your kids are with your ex-spouse, you take… Read More »

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What Legal Rights Do Stay-at-Home Girlfriends Have?

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A marriage certificate is not what defines a family.  Unmarried couples have acted as family units throughout much of human history, and some jurisdictions, although not Florida, even recognize common law marriage.  Some couples even choose not to get legally married simply because their own parents’ experiences have shown them how ugly divorce can… Read More »

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