May 2018 Archives

Developing an estate plan for the future

When it comes to planning for the future of assets, estate planning is a key tool in achieving the desired outcome. Developing a plan can be important whether one's assets are large or small. By doing so, an estate owner can help to protect their privacy and security while establishing a greater sense of control. When Florida residents don't have an estate plan of their own or even a will, their assets are left to be distributed according to state law. Despite the fact that many people envision what they would like to see happen with their affairs, 55 percent of Americans do not have a will.

Divorce and children's college educations

Many parents are concerned about how they will pay for their children's college education. Those concerns may be exacerbated if the parents are going through a divorce. However, more than 60 percent of couples do not have any sort of plan in place for what happens financially if they divorce or one dies despite the fact that around 40 percent of marriages end in divorce. There are steps parents in Florida may be able to take to help ensure they can set aside some money for their children's education.

Documentary explores race, poverty and child support

While many people are aware of the significant number of noncustodial parents who are behind on their child support obligations, the role of race and poverty on Florida fathers is often unexplored. A documentary called "Where's Daddy?" takes a look at the child support system and how it can affect the relationships between African American fathers and their children. In particular, the documentary aims to draw attention to the role poverty can play in creating delinquent parents. One study notes that 70 percent of all child support debt in the United States can be attributed to parents with no income or who make less than $10,000 annually.

Rights and responsibilities of the custodial parent

After parents get a divorce in Florida, one former spouse may become the custodial parent. This is the parent the child lives with most of the time even if the other parent has a significant amount of visitation time. This means the custodial parent is involved in the daily activities of the child such as encouraging hobbies, assisting with homework and helping the child through difficult emotional times. It also means that the child may direct negative emotions toward the custodial parent. This anger and frustration toward the parent is normal even though it can be hard for the parent to deal with.

Do I need an attorney for my Florida divorce?

If you are facing a divorce, you may have people around you who are telling you that you do not need a lawyer. Perhaps even your spouse is insisting that you do not need a lawyer for your divorce and that you can actually "do it yourself" to save on legal fees and bureaucratic hassles.

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