December 2017 Archives

Step family members sometimes unsure of family obligations

For decades, divorces and remarriages in Florida have been expanding the size of families. With the proliferation of step relationships within families, people increasingly wonder how to divide their time and resources between biological kin and step relatives. A university researcher who manages studies of family demographics said that uncertainty about how to allocate attention and money between various stepchildren and grandchildren sometimes creates tension when paying for college or planning vacations.

Tips for recognizing and dealing with parental alienation

Some Florida parents who are divorced might also have to deal with parental alienation, particularly if their ex-spouses were diagnosed with a personality disorder. Parental alienation involves one parent manipulating the children so they turn against the other one.

Accounting for digital assets in the afterlife

When a Florida resident or any other individual passes away, it may mean that he or she has left behind a variety of online accounts. These online properties may range from bank accounts to a Facebook or Twitter page. However, there is rarely a clear answer when it comes to how a family member or other person may access these accounts after a person has passed away.

Going through a divorce with kids during the holidays

For Florida parents who are in the process of separating or divorcing, the holidays can be very difficult, especially for their children. As such, it is imperative that parents think about the well-being of their children when making decisions about how they will handle the holidays.

The importance of updating beneficiary designations

Florida residents may want to make a habit of periodically reviewing the beneficiaries on any applicable assets. While the person listed might make sense today, that may not be the case in a year, five years or 20 years later. It is possible that a parent could remarry or that a spouse listed as a beneficiary is an ex-spouse at some point in the future.

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