5 Surprising Facts About Legal Separation in Florida

For a variety of reasons including health insurance concerns, religious concerns, social security and pension benefits, and even a desire to eventually reconcile, couples in troubled relationships may opt for legal separation rather than divorce. In Florida, there are a number of surprising facts about legal separation that you should consider before deciding on that option.

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7 Pieces of Advice From Divorce Lawyers Before You Get Married

Nobody wants to think about divorce before they get married, which is unfortunate because divorce lawyers have a wealth of advice they’ve developed through their experience.

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Is My Ex Entitled to My Separate Bank Account after a Divorce?

When it comes to divorce, the name on a bank account doesn’t necessarily dictate who will receive its contents during the division of property. It is the job of the divorce court judge to determine whether the funds are joint property or one spouse’s separate property by applying state law.

(Note: In contrast to community property states, Florida is an equitable distribution jurisdiction. This means that the judge starts with a presumption of a 50/50 split and then considers a variety of exceptions in considering a different division (60/40, 70/30, etc.).

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Your Divorce Attorney Is Not Returning Your Calls or Emails

Communication during the course of the divorce between you and your attorney is critical, both in terms of your sanity and in terms of making sure your game plan for your case is instituted appropriately.  Unfortunately, there appears to be a breakdown in communication. Many people have come to me for second opinions where they complain that their attorney is not returning their phone calls; they do not know what is going on in their case; they can't get an appointment with their attorney.  There may be legitimate reasons why your attorney may not be in constant communication with you. 

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7 Ways to Fight Fair During and After Your Divorce

"Nobody can hurt me without my permission."  Mahatma Gandhi 

The concept of fight fair seems to be the antithesis of a divorce.  There is very little that is "fair" about any divorce.  However, learning to fight fair during an intact marriage, during your divorce, or after your divorce can pay dividends in terms of effective parenting, co-parenting, putting closure on your divorce and getting on with your life.  

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7 Signs Your Marriage May Be Heading for Divorce

All marriages have their highs and lows, but how do you know if what you are going through is just a rough patch or a precursor to the end? Consider these 7 signs that your marriage may be headed for divorce.

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You're Getting Divorced, Now What?

You’ve made the difficult decision to divorce, but what’s next? Here are a few things to carefully consider:

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5 Reasons Why Your Divorce Is Not a Failure

It can be easy to think of our life in terms of a series of successes and failures. And while we recognize that there is something to be learned from our failures, we are certainly in no hurry to add another failure to our personal scorecard of life. When it comes to divorce, however, many of us are too quick to relegate it to the failure column. In many ways, divorce is not a failure. Here’s why:

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Should You Hire a Men's Divorce Attorney for a Divorce?

While a do-it-yourself divorce may seem like an attractive option in terms of reduced cost and straight-forwardness, when it comes to divorce, partnering with an experienced men’s divorce attorney is not critical. For choosing an attorney for your divorce, the primary reasons should be expertise and experience.

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Top Six Reasons Why Your Divorce Attorney Is Not Responding to Your Phone Calls or Your Emails

The most frequent complaint made against lawyers in general, and divorce lawyers in particular, is their failure to respond to their client's phone calls or emails. Understandably, divorce clients are under a lot of emotional and, sometimes, financial pressure. They want to be reassured or, at least, hear the explanations that their attorneys may have concerning their concerns and/or complaints regarding their former spouse or other individuals. However, there is often a legitimate reason why your divorce attorney may not be immediately seeking you out after you have telephoned or emailed him or her. Those reasons may include:

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What to do when your ex begins badmouthing you to your kids