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Losing passport privileges due to back child support

Family law covers many different aspects of the divorce process and some couples face challenges long after they have split up, such as those who have kids and have a hard time making their child support payments on time. Unfortunately, failing to stay caught up on child support payments can result in various consequences, some of which can be absolutely devastating. Aside from being taken into custody, facing steep financial penalties and having one's reputation shattered, there are many other ways in which people are held back due to missing child support payments. For example, their passport privileges may be revoked.

If you owe enough unpaid child support, you will not be able to obtain a U.S. passport until your name has been cleared. This can take weeks and it may throw off your vacation plans, which can be especially upsetting if you had to travel overseas for an important business appointment or some family event that takes place at a certain time (weddings, etc.). Some non-custodial parents are surprised to find out that they are ineligible for a passport in the U.S. because of the child support that they owe, which highlights how pivotal it is to make your payments on time.

When bad habits lead to divorce court

A marriage may be called off for any number of reasons, but some people decide that the time has come to move on as a result of their partner’s bad habits. From gambling and sex addictions to drug use, alcoholism and even failing to “act one’s age,” there are all sorts of reasons why people decide to end their marriage with their spouse as a result of undesirable behavior. Whether your spouse has said that they do not want to remain married to you because of certain habits you have, or you are sick and tired of the way your spouse behaves, it is imperative to approach your divorce from the right angle.

First of all, you may be able to address this issue without heading to divorce court. For example, talking with your spouse about the situation may help resolve it, and some couples also settle these matters by working with a counselor. That having been said, this certainly does not work out for every couple and some inevitably find themselves in the courtroom. In some instances, a spouse may try to bring up these bad habits in court during a custody dispute or some other family law issue in order to gain an edge.

Are you a Florida homeowner in financial distress?

Any number of issues can throw your finances out of whack. For instance, you or a family member may suffer an injury or health condition that requires unexpected medical attention. Such care is expensive and, especially if your situation was unexpected, you may not be prepared to meet the cost.

Perhaps you're in good health but recently suffered a reduction in income or lost your job altogether. Sudden unemployment is enough to prompt financial hardship in most households. Regardless of the exact cause of your current financial crisis, if your mortgage debt is high and you have no means of bringing payments up to date, you may face a short sale or foreclosure.

Handling family law issues while struggling with depression

For some people, depression has been a challenge they have dealt with throughout their life, while others may have become depressed due to a recent traumatic experience. In fact, divorce and post-divorce matters such as child support or visitation can even lead to depression. If you are struggling with depression while simultaneously dealing with family law issues, it is vital to prevent your emotional difficulties from getting in the way of a favorable outcome. You should try to do everything you can to successfully resolve your problems, which could give you reassurance and some peace.

Divorce matters that involve finances or children are especially likely to have an emotional impact on people who are struggling with family law issues. However, it is important to avoid a sense of hopelessness and say no to feelings of giving up. You may be able to take a number of steps to improve your circumstances, such as a careful review of different legal options. Moreover, simply improving your mood could be beneficial with respect to family law. For example, if you are able to address your depression, this may be favorable with respect to child custody decisions.

Pushing off your divorce because of an illness

Couples facing a divorce may be going through a number of hurdles that are unique to their personal situation, from challenges involving children or other family members to financial hardship. Moreover, there are unique circumstances that can make it even tougher for someone to split up with their spouse, such as a serious illness. If you are struggling with any type of serious illness or health problem, such as a cancer diagnosis, you may come to the conclusion that it is best to push off your divorce for now.

In some cases, this can be the right move. However, there are also times when it can be beneficial to move forward with a divorce in the midst of other challenges, including health problems. For example, some people may be able to find mental relief and reduce their day-to-day stress levels by finalizing their divorce and moving on in life. However, it is best for you to carefully analyze your own circumstances and decide which move is best for you.

More millennials are signing prenuptial agreements

One of the latest millennial trends is signing prenuptial agreements prior to marriage. In a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, more than 50 percent of attorneys reported an increase in prenuptial agreements between people ages 18 to 34 years old.

According to CNBC, over 60 percent of lawyers reported an increase in the number of clients requesting prenuptial agreements overall. In fact, the number of prenuptial agreements has increased over five times in the past two decades.

Is a short sale a good option for me?

Is a short sale a good option for me?

Is your mortgage under water? Do you want to rid yourself of your home but are not sure how you can do it when you owe more than you could ever sell it for, or do you want to make a move before you lose your home to foreclosure? Many Florida residents in your position have utilized the short sale process to sell their homes. Is this a good option for you?

The pros and cons of debt settlement

If you are behind on your bills, you likely have moments of desperation. These moments may have led you to do ill-advised things, like selling a family heirloom or taking out a payday loan. On one of the many nights you could not fall asleep because your debt burden weighed on you, you may have sat up all night searching the internet for a solution to your financial problems.

One option you may have come across is debt settlement. If you saw an ad for a debt settlement company that promised to drastically reduce your debt so that you will be free of debt within a few short years, you may think you have found the answer to your problems. However, it is important that you fully understand how debt settlement works and the potential risks you face.

How parents can regain child custody

Losing custody of children is a heart-breaking ordeal for any parent, whether it is to an ex-spouse, family member or the foster care system. However, such custody changes do not always have to be permanent. There are several steps that Florida parents can take to win back custody.

The first step any parent should take before going back to court in a custody case is to take an honest look at what went wrong. Judges must make any decision regarding custody according to the best interests of the child. If there was an accusation of abuse or neglect, it is important for a parent to understand exactly what occurred when the accusation was made.

Child custody relocation rules and considerations

It's not unusual for former spouses who share parenting responsibilities to weigh their options with child custody relocation in Florida. In some situations, a move will allow convenient access to extended family members or make it easier to maintain a visitation schedule. Whether a change of address is being considered for economic reasons or as part of an effort to remain more involved a child's life, there are certain rules parents need to follow when a relocation takes place.

Because a court typically assumes relocation is probably not in the best interests of the child, it's often advised that the custodial parent work with legal representation when preparing to ask the court for permission to relocate. Representation can be just as beneficial for a non-custodial parent who is arguing against relocation. There are many factors that the court is likely to consider, starting with how much advance notice a relocated parent gave the other parent. Courts tend to look unfavorably upon parents who purposely withhold plans to move away from a noncustodial parent.

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