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January 2017 Archives

A show of support: awarding alimony during a divorce

When a marriage comes to an end in the state of Florida through divorce court, the time has come for the "Great Divide" -- the distribution of marital assets. Assets are divided equitably, which means the court presumes a 50/50 split of the marital assets is a fair division, but from there may consider an uneven distribution if that is deemed to be more appropriate to the individual financial situations. Unfortunately, sometimes an equitable division does not leave one spouse with enough to support him or herself.

Collecting back child support for emancipated children

Florida non-custodial parents who owe child support may still be required to pay past-due amounts even after the time period set forth in the order has ended. They will be considered in arrears until they have paid the full amount owed even if their child has turned 18 or has otherwise passed the age specified in the court order. In most cases, declaring bankruptcy does not put an end to child support obligations.

The importance of coparenting after divorce

Florida parents who divorce might want to address a number of issues in a written parenting agreement. Among these are how stepparents and new partners will be handled, discipline, education and health care. Parents should also consider including a plan to work out any problems that arise between them.

How child custody exchanges may lead to conflict

Divorced parents in Florida may need to deal with child custody exchanges if they share custody or if one parent is custodial and the other has visitation rights. Agreeing on visitation, child custody and custody exchanges can be complicated because they are among the most emotionally fraught issues that can arise.

Bankruptcy and divorce -- which to do first?

If you are contemplating a divorce, you will have various challenging decisions to make. If you are facing financial problems at the same time, the process will likely be even more strenuous. Many people are uncertain about filing for bankruptcy jointly as a couple and which process to complete first - the divorce or the bankruptcy. Most may agree that remedies for marital and financial problems may be best accomplished with the support of legal counsel who can answer the many potential questions.

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