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Preparing for Divorce

Thinking about the implications of filing for divorce can be overwhelming. While you may realize it is time to leave a relationship which is no longer working you also know that initiating the process will mean experiencing significant changes to your life. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare for divorce which can help alleviate concerns about what to expect in the future. Get Your Documents Together While divorce is an emotional ordeal, it is also a legal process which involved...

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Mental Health, Custody, and Your Divorce

When your partner has a serious mental health condition and is symptomatic finding the right course of treatment can be a demanding process. Once they are stabilized the delicate balance between medication and daily living can be challenging to maintain. Over time, the strain of the situation can take its toll on a marriage and ultimately lead to its end. When the divorcing couple has children, deciding time-sharing and decision-making in this situation can be a complex task. Here are some issue...

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Managing divorce with a high-conflict Ex

Divorce can be hard even when the couple agrees and commits to being civil and fair with one another during the process. When one person decides to engage in combative and aggressive tactics unnecessarily, this painful experience can become almost unbearable. While going through a divorce with a high-conflict ex can be stressful there are ways to manage your case so you can move on with your life. Get Counsel on Your Side Now When divorcing a person who is prone to hostile behaviors you can expe...

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Sharing time with the kids during the holidays after divorce

When parents of minor children go through a divorce, they will end up with a parenting plan which details how they will share decision-making and time with their children. In many cases, the schedule will require parents to alternate having their children with them on major holidays. While this arrangement may seem equitable on paper, not being with your kids on these family-centered occasions can be difficult. However, there are ways to share time with your children during the holidays which ...

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Signs it is time to change your time-sharing Plan

Coming up with a workable time-sharing plan for your children can be a painstaking and drawn out process. After weeks and even months of going back and forth over the details, you finally have a parenting-plan which sets out when you will see your children. However, as time passes, children get older, circumstances change, and it may be necessary to adapt to your time-sharing plan to fit everyone’s circumstances. Here are some signs it may be time to change your time-sharing plan. Your Chi...

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What to do when you think your child’s step-parent is abusive

After you and your child’s other parent are no longer together, you will have a parenting plan which sets out time-sharing and decision-making. Once this plan takes effect, you will have no choice but to give up some control over what happens when the other parent is with your child. Another adjustment you may have to make is accepting that your ex’s new spouse will also be part of your child’s life. While the step-parent and step-child dynamic can work in some situations, it i...

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Demonstrating Positive Parenting

When you become a parent and form a relationship with your child, it's not usually something you would later expect to have to defend in a courtroom. However, when parents divorce or are no longer together who will have parenting time and how parental responsibility will be shared can become a fiercely contested issue. The court will examine both parents and assess their ability to provide a safe, stable, and emotionally healthy environment for their child. Here are some ways in which you can de...

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10 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Divorce

When you are going through a divorce, can feel like every aspect of your life from where you live to how you are going to support yourself is at risk. At a time like this it is a natural response to be afraid but, if you are not careful, that fear can lead you to make errors which could hurt your case. The good news is that you can avoid mistakes during your divorce. 1. Tell Your Attorney Everything Having a divorce attorney at your side is one of the best decisions you can make. With their advi...

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Divorce When Your Ex is a Narcissist

Ending a marriage can be an emotionally difficult process even under the most amicable of circumstances. However, when one of the parties to the case is a narcissist, this already painful situation can escalate to the point of becoming a living nightmare. Often, it is the opposing side’s manipulative, controlling, and cruel behavior which has driven the other person to take action to end the relationship. While it may not be easy, surviving divorce when your ex is a narcissist, is possible...

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What is a Guardian Ad Litem and How Can They Impact my Custody Case?

When parents and children share a close bond, their connection is unlike any other in their lives. Given this nearness, it is hardly surprising that child custody can be one of the most contentious matters heard by a family court. The court must consider what is best for the child when deciding how his or her relationship with each parent will be defined. When divorcing or separated parents have a high degree of conflict regarding decisions about their children, Florida law provides that the cou...

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Linda was an exceptional lawyer. This was a divorce from (Hell) and was drug out over more than a year. My Ex's lawyer actually quit. Linda was very professional yet had a really personal touch. She actually felt like a friend through this. I really am glad I chose your law firm and would recommend you to others, especially Linda.