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Mediation for divorce

Under state law, Florida couples who are going through a divorce must first submit their case to mediation before proceeding with litigation. This method of alternative dispute resolution is no longer an option, but it continues to provide the same advantages as before.

Safeguarding finances in case of divorce

Divorce is probably far from the minds of Florida couples who are currently planning to wed. However, creating a prenuptial agreement can be a smart way for future spouses to keep finances separate and establish how property will be divided in case a divorce does happen. While some people might worry that this seems like a cynical way to approach marriage, it could ultimately save a lot of headaches in the future.

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.

Alimony deductions to change in 2019

Some people in Florida who have been contemplating divorce might want to speed up the process in 2018 after the passage of the tax bill in December. The reason is that any divorces that happen after 2018 will have different rules about alimony payments.

Biggest mistake in divorce is rushing ahead without right lawyer

Ending a marriage in Florida is painful enough without making it worse through inadequate planning, insufficient court representation or allowing emotions to force a person into saying or doing things that will cost them later on. An expert recently shared her thoughts on the most common mistakes people make during divorce and its related issues, including alimony, child custody and property division.

Tips for getting ready for divorce

Some Florida residents may return from the holidays ready to get a divorce in the new year. After summer vacation is also a common time for marriages to end. Even people who have not made up their minds yet can start taking steps to educate and prepare themselves in case they do decide to split up.

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.

Entrepreneurs and divorce

When entrepreneurs in Florida end their marriages, the fates of their businesses are often uncertain. This is because the company and its assets may be subject to division in the divorce settlement.

Risk factors that increase the likelihood of divorce

When Florida couples head to the altar, they rarely think about what could go wrong in their future lives as spouses. Marriage is never guaranteed to be easy because it is a very close relationship; as such, it is subject to the vicissitudes of the human condition.

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