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Shared child custody typically in the best interest of kids

An individual facing divorce proceedings may have questions about how to handle parenting with the soon-to-be ex. During this time, emotions run high, and it can be a challenge to make decisions about how to move forward. For many, a shared child custody plan will be a solution that is both in the child's best interest, and this notion is supported by evidence. In Florida, many parents choose shared custody after a divorce. 

Research shows that children tend to perform better and have better outcomes when they are able to have a healthy relationship with both parents. This is why many judges and state laws are moving toward joint custody as the primary option when two parents separate. There are exceptions to this approach, such as in cases of abuse or neglect, or when there is no prior relationship with the parent. In those circumstances, a sole custody solution may make the most sense. 

Determining child support for families who own businesses

During the end of a marriage, the two parties will be planning to divide the marital assets and also provide for the children. For some, the family business is the most significant asset, but dividing it and determining its value can be tricky. Since child support calculations depend on accurate accounting of family finances, individuals in Florida who are divorcing and who have a family business may want to pay careful attention to how this asset is handled during the divorce process. 

For starters, it can be helpful to know how much the business is worth. There are several methods of determining the worth of the business. During a legal proceeding, it can be helpful to include the services of a financial professional who has experience analyzing the value of a business using the financial statements. A spouse may also try to hide the value of the business in order to avoid or reduce spousal support of child support payments. 

Perpetrator of domestic abuse headed to a Florida prison

One man with a history of attacks against his partners has been convicted on another charge and will return to prison. The Florida man, a convicted killer, was charged with domestic abuse after it was revealed that his partner suffered a broken back. The case was taken to court where the man pleaded guilty to the charges. 

After serving a ten-year prison sentence for the murder of his ex-wife, the man was released. He has a lengthy history of run-ins with the law, but he did not end up incarcerated for his alleged involvement in all the crimes for which he was accused. The most recent incident involved a girlfriend, who went to the hospital complaining of severe back pain. 

A few tips about divorce

Since the subject can be taboo, many people choose not to approach it, or perhaps an individual could be one of the lucky ones who hasn't been affected by it. Divorce, however, is a wide ranging and complicated issue that is likely to affect many individuals at some point in their lives, even many people in Florida. Those people who do have experience with the thorny issue of ending a marriage will often share tips to help others in need.

In 2014, the divorce rate in the United States was reported at 42 percent by the Office of National Statistics. In 2017, that percentage jumped for the first time in years, meaning more individuals are experiencing marital failure. What causes marriages to fail? Every marriage is unique, but some have said that it boils down to sex, money and religion. 

Is an amicable divorce even possible?

Divorce isn’t exactly a fun process. Going through a divorce can bring out the worst in people, even for couples who are on fairly good terms. Perhaps you and your spouse agreed to remain amicable while divorcing, but along the way have felt so much strain that your relationship has become negative. You may be wondering: Is it even possible to have an amicable divorce?

While divorce is different for every couple, it is indeed possible to remain amicable during this thorny legal process. There are some tips that you can follow to make it a bit easier. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the things that you and your spouse can do to remain amicable during a tough divorce.

Collaborative law can help ease divorce stress

A newer method of resolving marital issues was recently discussed in a news article. Collaborative law, as it is known, allows individuals to work together with lawyers, mental health professionals and financial advisers (among other professionals) to reach an end-of-marriage solution with greater control of the process. This option is available to residents of Florida and may appeal to people for a variety of reasons. 

Since individuals work together with the soon-to-be ex-spouse, the collaborative process gives individuals more control than turning the matter over to a family court. The parties agree to work together and not take the case to court. By consulting with several types of professionals, the workload is spread out and keeps costs lower. 

Later in life divorce -- tales from the experienced

Middle age and retirement can come with challenges. For some in Florida, one of those challenges is divorce. According to trends, more older individuals are considering ending their marriages than ever before. The issues faced by these individuals include financial, family and personal challenges. In a recent news story, a few folks shared their perspective on divorce after 50. 

Changing friendships and family relationships can be part of the post-marital landscape. Some were surprised by the reaction of their older children. People tend to think that waiting for the child to be older will limit the trauma to the child, but this isn't necessarily the case. The good news is that children are adaptable and resilient, so a person should do what is best for them. Some of the people interviewed chose to enter therapy as a way of dealing with the changes in their family relationships and friendships after a breakup. 

Child custody in the interim

There are many issues that need quick resolution when a married couple separates. From questions about shared bank accounts and credit cards to housing and income concerns, a freshly divorcing couple will have to address it all. One particularly important issue is the question of child custody, if the couple has children together. Individuals in Florida may be wondering how to handle child custody concerns in the interim, before a legal agreement is created, and also when negotiating a permanent agreement. 

Immediately in the aftermath of the separation, the custody of any children is a kind of no man's land. Each parent has an equal claim to the movement and care of the children, but it is likely to be in the parent's benefit to make a temporary arrangement to keep both parents on the same page. A temporary treaty will allow both individuals to form expectations of where the kids will be and who will be responsible. 

During divorce, make sure retirement accounts are split correctly

One of the blessings of the do-it-yourself age is that individuals can easily access the means to complete legal transactions. Unfortunately, the do-it-yourself approach does not train individuals in the legal specifics or account for considerations regarding certain circumstances. In most cases, it is preferable to contact a lawyer to avoid costly blunders. This is especially true for splitting retirement accounts during a divorce in Florida. 

Pension plans, IRAs and other investments can come with rules on how the funds can be allocated, switched and withdrawn. Sometimes an early withdrawal can come with a hefty tax as well as a withdrawal penalty. Sometimes, in the event of a breakup, the only option is to withdraw early. But is a penalty avoidable? 

Child support dispute for ballplayer and his Florida family

How much support is fair and how long should the support be offered? These are questions that are typically resolved in a family law court by a judge if the two parents cannot come to an agreement. In some cases, child support orders are modified if certain circumstances come about, but usually, the orders are binding. In one recent news story, a baseball star is being taken back to court in Florida over allegations that he is failing to pay court-ordered child support payments. 

The man is already married with three children by his wife, but he has also been ordered to support two other children he supposedly fathered with another woman in Florida. He had been making payments of $6,200 per month to cover the children's expenses. He had also helped the woman purchase a home valued at almost $1 million for herself and the children. 

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