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Divorce becoming an issue for the elderly

Deciding to end a marriage has been around as long as the decision to marry in Florida. What may be changing is the age of couples when they decide to divorce. The overall rate of divorce is on the decline, but the rate for those couples aged 50 and over has been on the upswing. The divorce rate for those over 50 doubled from 1990 to 2010. Even couples over 90 are seeking to end their marriages.

Among current divorce proceedings, nearly one in four cases involves a couple over the age of 50. This phenomena is also referred to as 'gray divorce.' Many of these divorces are commenced by women. This is in part due to the increased number of women in the workplace, resulting in more financial independence.

Navy officer found dead from a possible domestic violence dispute

A Florida woman who was a member of the U.S. Navy and had just received a promotion to chief petty officer did not live long enough to celebrate the promotion. The woman received news of the promotion on a Friday and was found dead in her home the following Monday, possibly as a result of domestic violence. While no details were available, it was reported that she did not die from natural causes.

The chief petty officer had been granted a protective order two weeks earlier following a report of domestic violence. She reported that she had been kicked and that the man she was living with pulled a gun on her. The argument was about household bills, and she was due to appear in court on the Monday she died.

Child custody cases are not always black and white

Child custody cases in Florida can be heartbreaking. The judge's decision is based upon what he or she deems is in the best interests of the child. In some cases that is a very clear cut decision, but in others it is not. There can be many factors that go into the child custody decision, including the safety of the child, the ability of a parent to care for the child and even the relationship between a parent and child, particularly once a child becomes old enough to voice a preference.

Such a case is coming up for a hearing in another state. An 11-year-old girl has spent the last two years living with an aunt and uncle. A court hearing is imminent to decide whether to grant permanent guardianship to the aunt and uncle or return the child to her mother.

Collaborative law and divorce

Divorce and child custody battles can be ugly. Exposing children to family battles around custody and divorce issues can be traumatizing and have lasting effects. But it doesn't have to be that way. Collaborative law is a family law version of alternative dispute resolution that is gaining in popularity in Florida and across the country.

The idea behind it is that the family works together with a group of professionals to resolve their differences and arrive at an agreement that works for the family. The concept requires that a couple be willing to work together to arrive at an agreement, with the focus on problem solving as opposed to traditional litigation. It also gives the family more control over the process, may save money and will almost definitely save time. This method can also spare children from exposure to the trauma by reducing or eliminating conflict between parents.

Choosing an affordable assisted living facility

Parents β€” they grow up so fast. Much like when your parents sent you off to summer camp, school or your first home away from home, the time may be coming for you to help them move into a new community.

But, before making a senior living decision, it’s important that the costs are accounted for. Read on to learn about how to choose an affordable senior living facility.

Know your options when considering a divorce

Sadly, divorce is a fact of life in Florida and the rest of the country. Near 50 percent of marriages still end in divorce. While people don't normally anticipate ending up in divorce court on their wedding day, the reality is that nearly half of them may. Divorce may not be a pleasant experience, but being armed with some sound knowledge and advice can ease the process.

If the split is an amicable one, a collaborative divorce may be possible. A collaborative process allows the couple to work with a team who act as intermediaries in working out the split of any assets and liabilities. If the effort fails, then new attorneys are retained by each party and a more traditional process ensues.

Domestic abuse has no boundaries

No one should have to live in fear of domestic abuse. Sadly, domestic abuse is very prevalent in society today and knows no boundaries. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status or race can be at risk for domestic violence. In a recent Florida case, a female police officer says she was the victim of an attack by her boyfriend.

According to the woman, the boyfriend confronted her one morning as she was getting ready for her shift. He accused her of cheating and demanded to see her text messages. Though she complied, she says he grabbed her by the neck and attempted to choke her. She escaped the attack and left for work, but says he followed in his car and attempted to cut her off. Eventually the two cars pulled over and he eventually drove off.

Collaborative law can provide a friendlier divorce

Gray divorce is a term used to describe older couples who are seeking to divorce in Florida. It is becoming a more commonplace phenomenon among baby boomers and older Americans. While divorce is never easy, there is a friendlier alternative to the court litigated procedure. It is called mediation or a collaborative divorce. Collaborative law is becoming more accepted and available.

In a litigated divorce, both parties have an attorney and most communication is carried out between the attorneys. In a collaborative divorce both parties sign an agreement to participate in the process. Each party may have his or her own attorney, and in addition, there may be financial advisers, mental health professionals and a mediator. All parties sign an agreement to participate in the process. Information is shared freely among all participants.

Tax law changes may impact those who divorce in Florida

No two divorces are exactly the same. Numerous issues, such as child-related matters, property division or finances, may impact the ultimate outcome in a divorce. Recent news headlines suggest upcoming tax law changes will impact many divorces in Florida and throughout the nation.  

It may be that the wealthiest of those who divorce will be the ones affected most by federal tax regulation changes in 2019. Prior to that time, people could deduct alimony payments on their tax returns. Anyone filing for divorce or seeking modification of an existing divorce court order before 2019 will reportedly still be able to claim alimony as a deduction on their tax forms.  

Digital dating can lead to domestic abuse

Online dating is becoming more and more prevalent in our society and in Florida. But with the increased prevalence does not come increased safety. There are still far too many instances of domestic abuse that occur among people who have met online. One such case involves a woman who traveled to meet the man she met online. She became a domestic abuse victim.

The woman had met the man online, and after communicating for a period of time, she agreed to travel to meet him in person. He paid for her plane ticket to make the trip. During the time they were together the woman claimed that the man became increasingly abusive. At one point she claimed she was handcuffed and duct taped to a chair. She said her abuser threatened to shoot her and then kill himself.

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