What is Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and How Will it Affect My Divorce and My Children?

 

While Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is a rare occurrence (an estimated 1,000 of the 2.5 million cases of child abuse reported annually are related to MSP), it is an extremely serious form of child abuse that can become an issue during divorce. Learn to recognize the signs of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and what steps to take if you believe it is occurring.

 

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Filing for Divorce


 

Choosing to divorce is one of the most life-changing decisions you may ever make - particularly if children are involved. With that in mind, it is important to carefully assess the situation to determine if it is the right step to take.

Here are 4 questions to ask yourself before filing for divorce:

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Pets and Divorce, a Mismatch Between Emotion and Reality

 

April 10 was National Pet Day.  There can be no doubt that most Americans love their pets.  All you have to do is look at the Facebook pages of your friends and family members, which show pictures of family dogs, cats or other adorable pet photos. We spend our free time with our pets; we feed them, train them, and interact with them.  They become a treasured part of our family unit and we develop deep emotional ties to them.

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Confronting the Challenges of Divorce After 50

Getting divorced after the age of 50 presents its own unique set of challenges and issues. Understanding what these issues are and how they can ultimately impact you will help ensure that you are on the right post-divorce path both financially and emotionally.

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What to Ask Your Parental Alienation Attorney

 

Parental alienation can often be one of the most damaging effects of a difficult, highly contested divorce. It occurs when one parent purposefully encourages a child to disengage with the other parent and/or denigrate the other parent. 

Typical methods include, but are not limited to:

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Is Parental Substitution a Symptom of Parental Alienation?

 

During or after an acrimonious divorce, Parental Alienation can manifest itself in a wide variety of behaviors, some subtle and others overt, which is why it can be challenging to determine whether a child’s actions are a normal reaction to their parents’ divorce or a sign of parental alienation, a serious issue. 

One of the areas for concern is Parental Substitution. It may not be uncommon to expose a child to a parent’s new significant other; however, the way that it is handled can determine whether the behavior is symptomatic of Parental Alienation. In Parental Substitution, the parent gives the child the impression that this significant other is really the parental figure. If played out over a long enough period of time, the child will accept this as reality and act accordingly by further distancing themselves from their alienated parent.

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7 Things You Should Know About Getting a Divorce in Florida

 

You’ve made the decision to divorce, but what does that mean in Florida? Knowing these 7 things about getting a divorce in Florida will make the process easier from start to finish. 

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3 Essential Items To Consider When Traveling with Kids After Divorce

 

You’re checking off all the items necessary to create an unforgettable vacation for you and your children. While this trip provides you the opportunity to create new memories post-divorce, it is important that the divorce itself is still part of your planning consideration. 

Your timesharing, or child custody/visitation order may have specific guidelines and details related to what you can and cannot do when traveling with your children. Understanding these in advance will help you plan and enjoy a stress-free trip. Also, how you communicate with your ex-spouse regarding the vacation may have an impact on your ongoing post-divorce relationship. 

So before you throw sunscreen in a bag and run out the door, consider these three items related to traveling with kids after divorce:  

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College Saving Plans and Your Divorce

 

It’s that time of year. Young people all across Florida are opening letters and e-mails inviting them to be a member of the freshman class this fall. It’s exciting and scary. Under normal life situations, funding higher education can be daunting. During a divorce, however, it can feel crippling. If you are divorcing and have a college savings plan, it’s important to think about how to handle those funds.

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Does Your Child Need Post Divorce Counseling?

Children are often an innocent casualty of a contentious or stormy divorce. While it is clear that divorce will impact children in some way, it is important to identify if the results of that impact negative warrants professional counseling.

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