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Things Can Backfire Spectacularly When Former Spouses Move Back in Together

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Hollywood screenwriters act as though it is all sunshine and roses when former spouses reconcile, but in reality, getting back together with your ex-spouse is risky. It can be wonderful for your children to be living under the same roof with both parents again, but if you and your ex-spouse break up again, things… Read More »

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To What Extent Is It Your Business How Your Ex-Spouse Parents Your Children?

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Finalizing your divorce can be a welcome end to the constant battles over parenting that you and your spouse used to have before you were married. Maybe your wife used to put too much pressure on your daughter about dressing nicely and looking presentable, and it made your blood boil, but it didn’t seem… Read More »

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What Are Your Parental Rights in a Florida Divorce If You Adopted Your Stepchild Before Moving to Florida?

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Under Florida law, the legal parents of a child have the right to an ongoing relationship with the child and the responsibility to support him or her financially. The parental rights and responsibilities of legal parents are legally enforceable until the child reaches legal adulthood, usually on the child’s eighteenth birthday. You can become… Read More »

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A High Net Worth Divorce Where Neither Spouse Wanted to Keep the Marital Home

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If the court decides that you get to keep the marital home after your divorce, it means that you win, right? Not always. You might struggle to keep up with the mortgage payments if you have to pay them solely out of your income. If the court awards you the house, but you don’t… Read More »

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The Family Business Is a Marital Asset, Even If It Is Titled in Only One Spouse’s Name

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According to Florida law, all marital assets and debts are subject to equitable distribution in a divorce. In other words, the court endeavors to dive your marital property in the fairest way possible. If you and your spouse are able to agree on how to divide your property in a marital settlement agreement, the… Read More »

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How Does the Court Make Decisions About Finances and Parenting Time While the Divorce Is Still Going On?

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The details specified in the court’s final order of divorce are meant to be permanent. You get to keep the share of marital property that the court awards to you for the rest o your life, unless your ex-spouse appeals the decision and an appeals court orders you to give your ex more money. … Read More »

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Is Permanent Alimony Really Permanent?

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As is the case with so many clickable terms, the less you know about permanent alimony, the stronger your feelings about it tend to be. Permanent alimony is the exception, rather than the rule; in fact, the default option is to settle the couple’s financial entanglements through equitable distribution of marital assets without awarding… Read More »

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Can You Get Alimony If the Court Decides That Your Marriage Was Not Legally Valid?

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It is a shock, to say the least, if you go to court to get a divorce, and the judge tells you that you were never legally married to your spouse in the first place. The reasons that the court might decide this are various. In some cases, the court might rule that, unbeknownst… Read More »

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Keeping Your Finances Separate After Marriage? There’s a Prenup for That!

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Florida law provides that any income you earn or any asset you acquire while married to your spouse is marital property. Money and property that you owned before your marriage is separate property unless you treat it as a marital asset. Examples of treating a separate asset as marital property include adding your spouse’s… Read More »

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Will a Mental Illness Diagnosis Affect Your Parenting Plan?

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The news headlines show you that the stigma surrounding mental health issues is much less than it was a generation ago. It is now possible to talk openly with your friends and family about medication side effects and the ups and downs of relationships with therapists. Having to disclose your mental health diagnosis to… Read More »

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