February 2018 Archives

How a lien can impact an heir

Florida residents who owe child support could have a lien placed on their inheritance. As part of settling an estate, executors are required to conduct searches for child support judgments prior to distributing assets. Typically, the value of the inheritance is first applied to the outstanding balance owed. If the inheritance is worth more than the outstanding balance, the beneficiary keeps the difference.

Who gets my property if I die without a will?

If you are like many Florida residents, you probably have had the following experience: Your friend’s widowed mother or father dies without having made a will. All of a sudden, your friend and his or her siblings are practically at each other’s throats fighting about who gets Mom’s diamond ring or Dad’s extensive set of tools. Such family squabblings can, and often do, tear a family apart. And it all could have been prevented so simply if Mom and Dad had just taken the time to make their respective Last Will and Testament and/or put certain assets into one or more trusts for the benefit of their children.

Shared parenting and the myths that won't die

When Florida parents split and the custody of their children has to be decided, the goal is always to do what is in the children's best interest. But some experts believe that traditional notions about what is best for children after a divorce are in contrast to what research has shown kids actually need. Borrowing terminology from literature and pop culture, a psychologist explains how myths about parenting after divorce continue to thrive despite real evidence to dispute them.

Child custody variations can adapt to family needs

For parents going through a divorce in Florida, the primary concern they may have is how to handle child custody. The thought of spending less time with one's children and developing a schedule with one's former partner can be overwhelming. However, parents can still attempt to reach a plan that protects the best interests of the children.

Staying, selling or renting after a Florida divorce

Going through a divorce affects every aspect of a person's life including where to live. If the couple owns a home, one person may want to remain in it. However, there are a number of things that should be taken into account. It is important that the person is able to afford the mortgage as well as other expenses including upkeep and insurance. One option is for the couple to continue co-owning the home, but people should consider whether they want to maintain this financial tie with the ex-spouse.

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