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The Stages of Your Florida Divorce

When going through a divorce, there can be a lot of tension, uncertainty, and confusion. One way to reduce stress during this already complicated process is to understand more about what to anticipate. Here are some of the stages which you can expect during your Florida divorce: Serving or Being Served with the Petition A divorce case is initiated when one party files a Petition for Divorce. While the petitioner may include several requests such as those related to your children, property, and d...

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Digital Assets and Your Divorce

In a Florida divorce, the law focuses on making sure the couple’s marital property is divided fairly. While some marital assets are easy to value and allocate such as a car or bank account, others such as electronic assets can be more difficult. Here are some considerations regarding dividing digital assets during your divorce Marital Property Ordinarily, a couple’s marital property refers to the property that they acquired during the marriage. This includes income which is due but m...

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What to do to Protect Your Kids When You Suspect Your Ex has an Addiction

When you share time with your kids with their other parent, you can’t always know everything that happens when they are away. However, when there are signs which indicate that the other parent has an addiction, you need to take action immediate action to ensure that your children are safe. Signs of Addiction Your first suspicions that the children’s other parent has an addiction are probably going to come from comments the children make after spending time with them. For instance, if...

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Starting Over after Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most emotionally and financially devastating experiences a person can have. After the process is complete, the newly divorced person is left to recover from the pain of losing their marriage and rebuild their lives. While staring over after divorce may seem daunting, there are steps you can take to get back on your feet. Financial Adjustments Going from sharing a home and finances with your former spouse to being on your own can be a difficult change. While you may not ...

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Parental Alienation and Your Child

In an ideal world, parents would be able to work together after divorce to raise their children and support each other’s relationship. Sadly, sometimes divorce can bring out the worst in parents causing them to make bad choices when it comes to what they say to and around their kids. Over time, a parent’s comments can cause their children to become emotionally distant from or even refuse to see the other parent. When one parent tries to turn a child against the other parent, it can b...

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Divorce Issues When Your Spouse is Violent

In many cases, when one partner is physically abusive towards the other, this brutal conduct will be the reason the marriage ends in divorce. When the couple begins a divorce, this history of violence can have critical implications for both sides. Here are some considerations about divorce issues when your spouse is violent. Safety Plans Violence between spouses is often part of a cycle of abuse wherein a spouse will hurt the other, reconcile with them, and then assault them again. This pattern ...

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How to Successfully Mediate your Divorce

Most of the time someone going through a divorce will not benefit from having a long drawn out case which ends in a trial. Fortunately, mediation offers a way for even the most contentious couple to resolve their differences. Here are some steps you can take to help make your divorce mediation successful: Gather Information and Have it Organized Beforehand Mediation involves a neutral third-party, usually an attorney, working with both sides to reach an agreement on their divorce terms. The medi...

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Common Myths about Florida Divorce

Whether you are thinking about leaving your marriage or have just been served with divorce papers, when you have the wrong information about what to expect, this already tense situation becomes more difficult. However, by knowing some of the common myths about Florida divorce , you can avoid unnecessary stress and confusion. Committing Adultery Means Losing Everything Florida is a "no-fault" divorce state which means that neither party's role in causing the marriage to end will be a basis for fi...

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Psychological Evaluations and Your Custody Case

In most cases, there is nothing more important to a parent than maintaining their relationship and connection with their child. Therefore, it is not surprising that child custody battles are among the most contentious legal situations. In some cases, the facts before the court can be so convoluted that it can be difficult to determine what parental custody and parenting time orders will be best for a child. In this type of situation, the court may turn to psychological evaluations to help it mak...

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Showing Positive Parenting

When parents of minor children divorce, it can be several years before their involvement with the court will end. Ideally, both parties will abide by their thoughtfully created parenting agreement and make changes which support their children’s well-being. However, as time passes and circumstances change, it is not uncommon for parents to disagree about what is in the best interest of their kids. A parent may also claim the other does not have good parenting abilities and seek to make lega...

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