It is the beginning of a new year. For each new year comes our best intentions in the form of New Year's resolutions. Among those resolutions are the ones that deal with self-care and self-help.
This is a busy, hurly-burly world where parents have increasing demands and pressures placed upon them. Those pressures increase when you are going through a divorce. The Verywell Family magazine recently provided a number of ways in which parents may reinvigorate and refresh themselves. They include:
On January 1st of each year, the majority of people wish each other a Happy New Year. However, among divorce attorneys, January 1 commences an upsurge in the filings and potential clients seeking to file for divorce. Divorce attorneys are kept busy after the holidays. While it is not an official designation the way that Women's History Month is, January has earned this nickname in the legal circles.
Among the many reasons for the increase in divorce filings in January are the following:
Whether you are going through a divorce or are divorced, the holidays often present a daunting challenge. The most difficult part for parents is often finding a balance for their children. Some couples can co-parent easily, while others seem to fail dismally.
Spending time with our children is always precious, even for a divorced parent. While spending time during their vacation can bring joy, it can also bring frustration. Thanksgiving and Christmas vacations loom large in children's minds. They can also be a minefield for divorcing parents to successfully maneuver. The following are common vacation parenting/visitation/time-sharing disputes and ways to avoid them:
As a divorce attorney, who has been practicing for over 40 years, I know the devastation that a divorce or dissolution of marriage can have on the family. Most of us are also aware from television, Social Media, or the news about celebrity divorces that turn nasty. We also have friends, relatives and coworkers who have undergone highly acrimonious divorces. Consequently, it may be difficult to imagine when a divorce might be helpful to children.
The collaborative divorce facilitator (CDF) is a neutral professional who is often utilized as a collaborative divorce team leader and communication specialist within the collaborative divorce process. A facilitator generally has been educated and is licensed in the areas of marriage and family counseling, mental health therapy, social work, psychology, or psychiatry. However, a CDF does not engage in therapy during the collaborative divorce process. Instead he or she will usually take on the following roles.
A divorce can create havoc on a family regarding its finances, it can also exact an emotional and psychological toll upon its members. Nonetheless, 90 to 95 percent of all divorce cases settle. After legal costs, privacy concerns are probably one of the biggest reasons why divorcing couples settle. No one wants their financial history laid out, or their dirty laundry aired out for public consideration. However, because a divorce proceeding is a public proceeding all information within, you’re a divorce court file is available to the public. It is rather inexpensive to obtain copies of court filings from the courthouse and in some states, they are even available to be downloaded online. The following are some tips regarding protecting your privacy during a divorce:
In a recent interview for Vogue Magazine, Kim Kardashian-West stated that she was going to be sitting for the California Bar exam in 2020. This is an auspicious goal for someone who does not have a college degree or a law school degree. However, California is one of four states in the United States where one can study the law as "apprentice" and then take the bar exam along side law school graduates. Under California law, Mrs. Kardashian-West will have to study in a law office for 18 hours a week for 4 years. Five hours of the study must be directly supervised. In addition, Mrs. Kardashian-West will be subjected to monthly exams and a bi‑annual progress report submitted to the California State Bar. The task, although not impossible, is formidable. The obstacles faced by Mrs. Kardashian-West in her quest to become a member of the California Bar include the following:
In March we are besieged with "March Madness" – the NCAA National Basketball Championship were sports enthusiasts, who are avid supporters of the participant universities, sit on the edge of their seats during the weeks of March to see who will eventually be crowned National Champion. While the United States is beset with March madness, in England they have Crufts. Crufts is proclaimed to be the greatest and largest dog event in the world. Tens of thousands of dogs participate in hundreds of categories. The Crufts International Dog Show not only deals with the best of breed. It also contains agility trials, rescue dog agility trials, obedience trials, and many other contests in which the canines participate. Crufts has been going on for over a hundred twenty years. Anyone who loves or is dedicated to their pet canine can understand the frenzy and support that this International event garners.
Will the Florida Legislature pass 50/50 time-sharing/visitation? Many individuals (including a number of experienced family law attorneys) erroneously believe that Florida law provides for 50/50 timesharing/visitation of a divorcing couple's children. That belief is not correct. Currently, Florida Statute 61.13 provides that the trial court may award 50/50 timesharing to a divorcing couple, if the trial judge finds that such a timesharing/visitation schedule is in the minor child's best interest. Many family court judges in Florida start with this presumption. However, it is not required by statute. At the same time, many other family law judges do not.
You finally made the difficult decision that the marriage is over and you need to proceed with a divorce. However, you feel some trepidation by proceeding forward. Understandably, there are stories of divorce cases that have bankrupt families, have lasted for years and years in court with high levels of animosity frequently appear in the news. I’m sure you are asking yourself, “Is our divorce going to end up that?”.
The holidays are a daunting time for anyone, particularly when you’re newly separated or divorced and your children are on a new visiting schedule that never existed before.
Pursuant to the Federal Tax Code changes, which went into effect earlier this year, the deductibility of alimony will be abolished in all divorces which are not concluded before January 1, 2019. All divorces or decrees containing an alimony award prior to January 1, 2019 will retain the deductibility. This change will cost individuals, who cannot conclude their divorce or obtain an alimony decree before the end of this year, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Currently, alimony is an "above the line deduction". This means that for every dollar you pay in alimony, you are able to deduct a dollar of income. For example, if you pay $10,000.00 a month in alimony, you get to deduct $10,000.00 of your income. If you are in the 40 percent tax bracket, you would pay $4,000.00 from every $10,000.00 income that you earned. Consequently, if you get to deduct $10,000.00 for your alimony payment, then you would be saving $4,000.00.
My wife, Karen, and I have had the pleasure of raising two daughters. When they were younger, it was easy to have them dress up in costumes on Halloween and take them out in the neighborhood to go trick-or-treating. But as they grew older (generally between the ages of 12 and 15) going trick-or-treating was no longer "cool" or the thing to do. Generally, about this age is when tweens and teens no longer want to go house to house gathering candy but, want to spend time engaging in activities with their peers. Parents want to make sure that our children are safe while spending time with their friends. Often the best way to do so is to sponsor a party at your house. By doing so, you can ensure their safety by monitoring their activity, therefore giving you piece of mind. Among the activities suggested are Halloween/Harvest Festivals:
Everyone thinks the final judgement signed by the courts is the conclusion of the divorce. However, nothing can be further from the truth. After the final judgement has been entered there are a number of task that each party must finish. At the conclusion of your divorce case, the first thing you should do is obtain several certified copies of the Final Judgment. You must also review the Final Judgment and/or Settlement Agreement carefully with your attorney to ensure that you understand what you must complete under the terms of the Settlement Agreement and/or the terms of the Final Judgment.
The overwhelming majority of divorces result in parties agreeing to shared parental decision-making subsequent to their divorce. Shared parental decision-making is defined as parents discussing and agreeing upon major issues in their children's lives including, but not limited to education, non‑emergency healthcare (for example orthodontics/braces), and extracurricular activities which would occur on both parents' (both parents' timesharing/visitation).
We’re all familiar with couples who've decided to stay together in a dysfunctional marriage until their children have graduated from high school. They do so in order to provide a stable life for their children. Based on the belief that after graduating from high school their children will be adult enough to finally do without the parents' marriage. For some reason, they consider a child entering college as mature and independent enough and that their marriage has served its purpose. Unfortunately, this perspective is flawed.
Social media is all prevalent in our lives now. Almost everyone has some form of social media account be it Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or one of the many professional-oriented social media sites such as LinkedIn, Alignable, Avvo, etcetera. Consequently, social media clauses are appearing in divorce cases under the following circumstances:
Most couples, planning to get married in today's society, should have a prenup. This is particularly true for those couples bringing significant assets into their marriage. In that case, a prenuptial is like an insurance policy. No one ever intends to have an emergency, but it's very good to have insurance to minimize the damage if an emergency does occur.
There is no denying that President Trump's presidency has not created lukewarm responses from anyone in Florida or Palm Beach County. In fact, there seems to be a clear division between those individuals who support Trump ardently, and those who are vocally opposing him. However, politicians and people interested in politics are not the only ones who are having difficulty coming to terms with the Trump presidency and his views and actions. Not surprisingly, married couples are now more than ever feuding over politics and over Trump's presidential policies and actions. These arguments over Trump's presidency views and actions are increasing the divorce rate. A recent study conducted by Wakefield Research, located in Arlington, Virginia, found that one in ten couples, whether married or unmarried, had terminated their relationship/marriages due to disagreements over the presidential politics. Even more shocking, millennial couples had ended their relationships far more frequently (22 percent of the time). According to the results of the study, 22 percent of Americans know a couple whose relationship has been negatively affected by Trump's election and subsequent political actions. An example of a divorce caused by Trump politics has recently occurred in Palm Beach County, Florida. Lynn Aronberg, the wife of Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg, recently filed for divorce. Lynn Aronberg stated that she is "a staunch Republican and supporter of President Trump," while her husband is not. She believes that fact led her to feel "increasingly isolated in the marriage". The couple publicly stated that they are divorcing amicably. Even though they may be divorcing amicably, the acrimony that occurred over their disagreement of President Trump contributed to their divorce.
It is summertime and the last thing our kids want to think about is schoolwork. Most of our children deserve a rest or break from regular school assignments and projects.
Most men groan when they think of having to watch a "chick flick" with their female significant other/spouse. For some men, it's like pulling nails. However, such reluctance may become less frequent based on the results of a recent study from Rochester University.
You commence your search for an experienced collaborative law attorney like you do any professional. You check with your friends and your professional acquaintances and try to find personal referrals. Remember that the facts of their case, their personalities, the size of their marital estate, and their personalities often factor significantly into the results that they have received and these factors will not be the factors in your case. Nevertheless, you want to ask friends, acquaintances, or professionals for recommendations.
As of July 31, 2017, Florida's collaborative law statute and collaborative law rules of procedure and ethics will be official.
Collaborative divorce is a process in which each party has their own specially trained collaborative attorney. The parties and their attorneys meet jointly and negotiate the resolution of issues in a divorce case with the assistance of a neutral financial professional and the assistance of a mental health facilitator (who is usually a mental health professional). Advantages of collaborative divorce are:
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.
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.
Today there is more than one way to get divorced and many couples are moving away from traditional litigation oriented divorce towards a new alternative that keeps them out of a courtroom and still on speaking terms with one other. Learn more about this method, known as collaborative divorce, and ascertain if it might be a good fit for you.
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.).
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.
"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.
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.
You’ve made the difficult decision to divorce, but what’s next? Here are a few things to carefully consider:
When selecting your divorce lawyer, there are certain considerations you should make to help ensure you have the best representation for your situation. These include:
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:
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.
As an experienced divorce attorney, I have had the opportunity to appear in court hundreds of times to conduct hundreds of trials for my clients. I have always ensured that they realize that they were going to be appearing in front of only a judge and not a jury. I remind them that the judge has a great deal of discretion in rendering decisions in their case, particularly those involving their children. Although bound by general principles, state statutes and case law, the court has the wide area in which to make decisions regarding all aspects of the children's life, including timesharing (custody/visitation), support, and other issues concerning your property such as equitable distribution and alimony. Consequently, I always advise my clients regarding the following:
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:
Wondering what you should be doing in your divorce? Here is a list of strategic steps you can take before, during and after your divorce to help you obtain a smooth and successful process.
If you are an individual or entrepreneur, your divorce requires a specialized approach to ensure asset protection, minimal tax implications and personally satisfying results. Consider the following strategies, customized to high net worth divorces, to help ensure you attain your goals from the divorce process.
While the selection of a divorce attorney is a critically important decision for anyone preparing to go through a divorce, should your decision differ based on your gender?
As an individual going through a divorce, one of your biggest concerns is protecting the assets that you have spent years building during your marriage. Perhaps there is no greater example of this concern than your business.
Do you want to protect what is rightfully yours without having to step one foot into a courtroom? Learn what options (other than a traditional based Florida divorce) exist if you are going through a dissolution of marriage in Florida.
You are ready to move on to the next chapter of your life, but just how long is your Florida divorce going to take? The answer is - it depends. Learn what factors determine how lengthy or expedient your divorce experience will be.
Wondering what could go wrong in your high net worth divorce? Here are 7 errors to avoid, based on the top mistakes individuals generally make:
One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is ensuring that you address all the essential considerations. While some issues are top of mind, tax issues, because of their complexity, are at greater risk to be overlooked in a complicated and/or high net worth divorce.
All divorces are different. We’ve heard that mantra time and again. But for those people going through a divorce, it is an important reality to consider. This is particularly true when it comes to Florida divorces.
Is there a way to achieve a satisfying divorce while staying out of a courtroom? More and more individuals pursuing a dissolution of their marriage are looking into courtroom-free alternatives. Find out why this trend is popular and how to keep your divorce out of court.
You and your spouse have worked hard. Through your marital efforts both of you have gained prestige, expertise in your fields, credibility, and acquired high respects both in your profession and your community, and you have acquired assets for which you are both proud. And then there are your children, probably the achievements about which both of you have the most pride.
April showers bring May flowers and the month of April brings taxes. It's tax time again. This is the time of year when people start visiting an accountant. Generally, people are worried about their itemized deductions and how many exemptions they may be able to claim. Spouses may face another particular tax problem, whether they are single or divorced. This tax problem primarily occurs as a result of filing a joint return with your spouse.
No one disputes that divorce is difficult for parents and their children. But if you add one parent having to relocate because of a job transfer, new job, or moving closer to family for support, it can become very difficult for your children to maintain a meaningful relationship with the geographical distant parent. Consequently, you and your children may be living in different time zones. You may have less time to spend with them because of your work schedule and their vacation schedules.
Don't let your ex-spouse prevent you from obtaining your child's passport. During the spring, most parents start thinking about summer vacation with their children. It is becoming more and more common for children to have passports. Some families routinely travel overseas on vacations or have other family members who live abroad.
A collaborative divorce can help your patients but how can your patients choose a properly trained collaborative divorce attorney?
To the average person, Valentine's Day signifies a day of romance and loving interaction. For the more romantic couple, Valentine's Day sometimes becomes the day they may consider getting married. However, a recent study by economists at the University of Melbourne indicates that weddings that take place on Valentine's Day are 18% to 36% more likely to end up in a Valentine's Day divorce than couples who are married on another day of the year.
Divorce is unfamiliar territory for everyone. When you're first involved in this process, you feel adrift in a world that is turned upside down. You're vulnerable and you need help. When we're suffering from these circumstances in our lives, family, close friends, and business associates freely offer their advice. Their advice may be well intended, but in some circumstances can be quite harmful.
The following are some examples of bad divorce advice that friends, relatives, and sometimes even lawyers may give to you:
It's common knowledge that financial stress during the marriage is one of the major causes for divorce. It also is one of the major causes of stress in single people, whether they're married or divorced. However, taking control of your personal finances (no matter how old you are or regardless of your marital state), is not as complicated as many people believe.
It is a well-known fact that successful people plan and organize their lives. Often they use a personal mission statement to assist them in doing so. Personal mission statements are an important component of leadership and personal development. It forces you to think deeply about your life, clarify purposes, and identify what is truly important for you.
While we strive to protect financial resources during divorce, our protective instinct intensifies when it comes to personal assets - - particularly collections we have cultivated over the years. Learn what is yours that can become theirs during a divorce and what you can do about it.
Most peoples' attention during the end‑of-year holidays are focused on celebration, picking out the perfect gift for loved ones, and enjoying this festive season. However, for those people who are contemplating divorce at the beginning of the new year, December is simply a month where each day is a countdown to leaving an unfulfilling marriage. Divorce attorneys often call the first working Monday of January each year: "Divorce day".
Raising a teenager while you're married is not an easy task. It becomes even more difficult if you're divorced or single. Teenagers have a tendency to reject any and all "old ways" of doing things. Consequently, you can re-involve your teenager in the Christmas spirit by creating new family traditions that they, and potentially their younger siblings, can also enjoy.
The star of the sitcom series "Modern Family", Sofia Vergara, and her former fiancé, Nick Loeb, have been locked in a court battle regarding eggs fertilized by his sperm. During their relationship, Ms. Vergara had a number of her embryos fertilized by Mr. Loeb's sperm.
The holidays are already a time for inherent stress. Stir in an impending divorce and the resultant mixture can be less than delightful. If you are a separated couple, try these ways for putting some joy back in your season.
Florida law requires an equitable, or fair, division of property between spouses when divorcing. All marital assets and debts (those acquired/taken on both separately and together during the marriage regardless whose name in which the asset is titled in) will be divided. In Florida, the law presumes the marital assets will be divided equally between the divorcing parties.
Parental Alienation is an extremely serious issue that can have long-lasting effects on your children including low self-esteem, self-hatred, lack of trust, depression, substance abuse and other forms of addiction. It is imperative, as a divorcing parent in Florida, that you recognize the signs of Parental Alienation and know what legal recourse you have if it is occurring.
Divorces are never easy. Divorcing after 50 can certainly complicate an already difficult process. Couples who are older in age and who have been married for a long period of time accumulate more marital assets and liabilities and higher incomes. This does not mean, however, that the process can’t be cooperative. Let’s look at a few reasons why Collaborative Divorce benefits older couples.
If someone asks you “are you thankful for your divorce?” you might think they are crazy or, at the very least, impertinently rude. It might seem odd to give thanks for your divorce on Thanksgiving Day. But many people have experienced the heartbreak and emotional trauma of a divorce and come out stronger because of it. For them, there are few life events worthy of a toast at Thanksgiving than their divorce. Nevertheless, you're still probably asking who could ever be thankful that their life was turned upside down, their dreams devastated, their children's lives dislocated, and their financial existence devastated. How could anyone be thankful under these circumstances?
Going through any type of divorce is traumatic. But going through a divorce with children is even more exponentially nerve racking and carries with it its own set of issues. Major issues in parenting during and after a divorce, occur around decision-making and timesharing (visitation) or contacts scheduled with your children. Among the timesharing issues are holidays.
These days, more and more couples are exploring alternatives to traditional divorce. One of those alternatives, growing in popularity, is Collaborative Divorce. Thanks to its unique approach of handling disputes and conflicts, this option speaks to many couples looking to end their marriage in a non-adversarial way. What is it and how does it work in Florida? Read on to find out.
Halloween is a very exciting event. Show me one person who doesn't love dressing up and getting free candy. Most people at least like one or both of these options. Children and, in particular young children, really enjoy Halloween.They get to dress up, pretend to be something that they are not and get treats for doing so. So don't let a rocky marriage or divorce ruin the Halloween experience for your children.
The recent announcement that Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt and is seeking sole physical custody of their children based on alleged abuse by Mr. Pitt has triggered a media frenzy about the ugly fight that is expected to develop. But knowledgeable family law commentators and experts doubt that there will be a grisly public courtroom showdown/spectacle.
From a legal perspective, parents are not required to have a lawyer for Florida child timesharing (visitation) matters. However, there are advantages to utilizing a board certified family law attorney when dealing with these issues.
Kids in South Florida have now returned to school and it's time to face the music. If you're separated, in the middle of a divorce, or are already divorced, you may not care very much for co-parenting with your ex-spouse. However, you know that your children need you to put aside your animosity in order to make their school year a success.
I've been a family law and divorce attorney for many years. However, it never ceases to amaze me what people do during their divorce cases that makes me scratch my head in disbelief. As litigants, we want to win the battle of imagery, as well as the battle of facts in front of a divorce judge. So consequently, you want to show up ready for court with clean hands, but also with a clean history.
Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Jupiter and other areas of Palm Beach County are home to many high net worth couples whose children are grown and gone. In the past 30 years, the divorce rate for people age 50 and over has become the fastest growing rate among married couples.
Domestic violence is a dysfunctional and abusive dynamic that occurs in relationships, in which there is a huge difference in power between the spouses. Our West Palm Beach Marital and Family Law Firm presents some of the danger signs that you may be in an abusive relationship include, but are not limited to:
America is a country where we all like to "do it ourselves". On any weekend, you can go to Home Depot, Lowe's, True Value Hardware, or any other small or big home repair stores and observe thousands of people taking classes or buying items. They then go back to their homes and attempt to do home repairs, improvements, or remodeling on their own. In doing so, they have the satisfaction of saving money, having the job done more quickly, and the satisfaction of having done it themselves. We see that spirit also in the area of divorce cases. More and more, people are attempting to begin and conclude their divorce all on their own. While doing it yourself for a home repair job may be a good idea for a handyman, it is not a great idea to do it in a highly technical area such as divorce law. A person attempting to represent themselves in a divorce case does not have the training, experience or talent to know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.
Amicable divorce in Florida? It may sound like an oxymoron, but it is actually a concept that more and more Florida divorce couples are embracing and reaping the benefits from. Take these tips from an experienced West Palm Beach Marital and Family Law Firm.
Many people consider representing themselves in their Florida divorce case to be a good idea. They believe that it saves them money; they can do it faster; and they don't believe that a lawyer offers them much value. However, this analysis is more than just a bit short-sighted. Oftentimes, the expense of representing oneself in their Florida divorce is more costly than paying for a West Palm Beach attorney. As in life, things rarely work out for someone representing themselves in a divorce as they might have initially hoped. Protecting yourself and your interests in a divorce case is much more complicated than most people think.
As local parents ourselves in the West Palm Beach area, we understand that parenting children is never easy. Problems of parenthood are compounded when you add the stress and emotional upset of a divorce or separation. Nevertheless, there are a number of steps that you can take to make sure that your children hear your instructions and will be more likely to follow them the first time you speak them to them. Those suggestions include:
In Florida, as in most states, the courts and the legislature have recognized that a parent’s legal obligation to support his or her children ordinarily ceases at the age of majority (18). However, Florida statutes have carved out two exceptions to this general rule. Those exceptions are:
In many cases, the financial situation after divorce can necessitate that a man or woman who was previously unemployed or a “stay-at-home” parent, return to the workplace. This decision involves a variety of different issues to consider and steps that should be taken to ensure that this new path to finding a job after divorce is successful.
While divorce means the end of marriage, it is often far from the end of parenting responsibilities and the concerns that you may have for your children and their future. There are a myriad of decisions (and expenditures) related to your children that need to be considered for the years that follow divorce.
While dividing up what you own during a divorce can be cumbersome, so can dividing up what you owe. Your new, separate lives mean all debt obligations must be assigned. Learn what happens to your existing debt when you divorce in Florida.
Parental alienation is a circumstance or dynamic in which a child allies himself or herself strongly and completely with an isolating parent, and rejects a relationship with the "target" parent without legitimate justification.
Is your ex wife or ex husband causing your children to behave differently with you or isolate the children from you by keep you from having a healthy relationship with your children in the Palm Beach County area?
This is the period of time in your child’s life where they want to spend more time with their peers than with you; they are asserting their independence and attempt to push away from any interactions with their parents; and sometimes they’re just plain ornery. Nevertheless, here are some suggested activities that you can offer to your teen, which will promote your older child’s continued interaction with their family and a better relationship with you.
In bitter divorces, the struggle for timesharing/custody can often turn ugly. When arming yourself for these potentially contentious battles in divorce, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of success on the battlefield.
What is alimony? There are six different types of alimony in Florida, determined by various conditions within the marriage. Learn about each kind and what it provides divorced parties.
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.
Living along the beautiful southeast coast of Florida from Stuart to Boca Raton doesn't shield a divorcing couple from the often painful proceedings involved in a litigated divorce. Lawyers are hired to get all they can for their client. The nature of the emotions involved, the public way the courts are handled, the methods attorneys use to achieve their results along with the time, energy and expense it takes to settle a case frequently creates a toxic environment that creeps into the home like a gloomy fog. It sounds like a "lose, lose" situation.
While many people have a negative connotation when it comes to prenuptial agreements, the truth is that prenuptials can be beneficial to more than just the wealthy. Learn why you should consider creating this legal document before saying, “I do”.
A prenuptial agreement is particularly important in these situations:
Collaborative divorce is a less expensive, less adversarial, more confidential and a quicker way for parties to successfully dissolve their marriage than the traditional litigation model for a divorce. Nevertheless, some misinformed family law attorneys have criticized collaborative divorce as a useful and viable way for parties to end their marriage. Here are four of the most common myths about collaborative divorce and why they are incorrect.
Hiding assets during a divorce is sneaky and illegal, but it does happen. Spouses will attempt to hide assets in similar fashion, whether your marriage financial situation is complex or simple.
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:
While the subject of parental alienation is getting more and more attention due to the detrimental impact it can have on children of divorce or separation, there are still misconceptions about the topic. Understanding the facts (and inaccuracies) about parental alienation can help parents correctly see the signs and take steps to address the issue expediently and effectively.
Collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial alternative to the expensive adversarial litigation that often occurs in divorce cases and other family law matters. Collaborative divorce may be a fit for you and the circumstances of your case if you're interested in a divorce that:
Parental Alienation can be one of the most serious issues of divorce.
If you believe you are an alienated parented, it is important to take steps immediately to address the situation. Do not assume that the problem will go away on its own. In some cases, the alienation can gradually worsen until the child is completely out of the parent’s life. To prevent this from happening, consider the following recommendations:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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 a symptom 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.
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.
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.
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.
Many people commence a divorce or paternity case with the impression that 50/50 timesharing/visitation automatically is in the best interest of their child. However, this premise does not take into account that each family is unique and has its own individual dynamics and circumstances.
Children show the best adjustment in divorce or paternity cases where there is a cooperative co‑parenting, shared responsibility (shared decision-making) and limited conflict between the parents.
A child support order may lay out all the details (the amount owed, the frequency of payment, etc.), but what happens when those payments are not made? How is child support enforced in Florida?
Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law on March 24, 2016, the Collaborative Divorce Act.
On March 24, 2016, Governor Rick Scott signed into law Florida's Collaborative Divorce Act.
Collaborative divorce is a less adversarial, less expensive and more private way for individuals to obtain a divorce in the state of Florida. Each party in a divorce that is collaborative retains the services of a specially trained attorney.
The following are some ways that you can tighten your budget and save money at the same time:
Divorce is an emotionally trying and financially expensive process. When you're going through a divorce, it's not always easy to be able to distinguish the forest from the trees. A major part of controlling divorce expenses is making the right decisions at the beginning of the case. You can control your divorce financially or your divorce can control your finances. Even though your attorney and his staff are more knowledgeable and experienced in the area of divorce, there are many things that you can do to keep down the expense of this very important process in your life. They include:
Making your child’s birthday a special day for them can be challenging when you are a divorced parent. Thinking ahead and doing some strategic planning often helps couples get through the situation without sacrificing their child’s happiness.
What happens when the financial issues involved in a divorce are not just personal? When either spouse is an owner in a small business, there are important aspects that will be addressed. Learn what will likely happen in varying small business ownership situations and the options you have moving forward.
If you and your spouse can come to an agreement on all of the major issues related to your divorce (such as the division of marital property and debts, child timesharing/custody, child support, and alimony), then you are good candidates for an uncontested divorce. This option is generally easier and less stressful and results in fewer court appearances and lower legal bills.
Valentine's Day is known as the day of love. This is a time when couples engage in receiving and giving flowers, romantic cards, and proclaims their undying love for one another. Unfortunately, for many people, Valentine's Day is a day for ending relationships and obtaining divorces. In recent years, lawyer rating or referral services have noticed a significant increase in the filings for divorces and referrals for divorce attorneys around Valentine’s Day.
I've been a divorce attorney for more than 35 years. I have seen good relationships go bad, bad relationships get worse and relationships on the brink of self destruction heal and become strong. I have read books and articles regarding the do's or don'ts of marriage, create and maintain strong relationships and how to avoid damaging a relationship.
If you're separated, going through a divorce, just recently divorced or somewhere else in that process, Valentine's Day can cause you to feel depressed or stressed. Valentine's Day is expected to be a day full of love and happiness. Unfortunately, for those who in the middle of or after divorce, Valentine's Day can be a day of loneliness and distress. Reminders of romance and love appear to be everywhere. Decorations and the colors of red and white and Valentine’s themed decorations seem exceptionally over the top for those dealing with separation and divorce.
Parental alienation occurs when one parent purposefully encourages a child to disengage with the other parent and/or denigrate the other parent. It can often be one of the most damaging results of a difficult, highly contested divorce.
If you want to get divorced in Florida, there is a fairly straightforward legal path you must follow in order to get it done. If you are getting divorced while pregnant, however, the path can become more rocky and complicated.
Each year we make resolutions. The majority of us quickly fail to keep them, beat ourselves up about it, and then try to forget that we ever made such promises to ourselves (to eat better, to lose weight, to exercise more and other goals for self-improvement). However, the following suggestions will definitely assist you in maintaining your resolutions, to create a better you and a better year. To help you keep your promises for self-improvement, try the following:
I recently read an article regarding essential New Year's resolutions for your divorce authored by Diana Shepherd. Based upon my professional experience and the observations of many clients, here are the top suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for separated, divorced, or divorcing spouses. Use whichever ones apply to your situation, or use them to inspire you to create your own list:
The key to meeting with your divorce lawyer for the first time is similar to the first day of school – always come prepared. Coming equipped with the right supplies will help ensure that the process goes smoothly. So what should you do in preparation for meeting with a lawyer and what should you bring with you? Read on to find out.
It is late at night. You and your spouse are alone at home. You experience sudden chest pain radiating into your arm and shoulder. Your spouse manages to drive you to the local emergency room. The ER doctor agrees with your heart attack self-diagnosis. He tells you he's calling in a general practitioner to assess your situation and initiate treatment. You immediately protest: "A general practitioner?" "No, of course not." The likelihood is that you will be seen by a specialist, generally a cardiologist (even if you live in a modest size urban area).
The end-of-the year holidays are upon us again. Many parents will be anticipating the return of their college students. The young child that had left some months ago is now returning home as a young adult transformed by their experiences in college.
There are several advantages to a collaborative divorce when compared to a litigated divorce, including, but not limited to:
Today, our children seem to be on the go all the time. School is more demanding, extracurricular activities and friends are consuming most of their remaining time. What little is left seems to be devoted to looking at cellphones, tablets, or other forms of digital devices. There seems to be little time or space in which we, as parents, can cultivate the concepts of gratitude or thankfulness in our children.
Even though November is the month of Thanksgiving, it's hard to get excited about giving thanks when you're in the middle of your divorce or have just recently divorced. Thanksgiving is a time when everyone is supposed to reflect on things for which they are thankful. However, it can be a difficult time for those who are going through a divorce or are recently divorced.
As parents, we know that we love our children dearly. Another truism we also know is that our children attempt to manipulate us almost as soon as they can begin forming any type of thoughts in their minds. Teenagers are probably masters in these behaviors. Consequently, it is not unusual to find that the most frequent fight in households (whether they are an intact, single parent or divorced parent household) involve getting your teen to clean and do their chores.
October 31 (Halloween) comes on Saturday this year. Consequently, with no school scheduled the next day, children of all ages will be trick or treating. Whether you are divorced or are going through a divorce, you may be wondering, should I even celebrate Halloween? Well, here are a few reasons for you to consider:
Whether we are single or divorced, we all lead busy lives. When we reunite with our children at the end of each workday, we are tired and so are our children. Consequently, it's easy to lapse into the traditional adult question: "How was your day?" It's not unusual to hear responses such as: "Okay", "boring", "all right". And as children become teenagers, it may not be unusual to receive some kind of primitive grunt.
The school year has started and whether you’re divorced , separated, single, or happily married, we all want our children to succeed academically. In today’s society that means trying to ensure our children are successful in their homework. Whether your children are attending grammar school, middle school or high school, homework is a reality.
Every divorce is different. In addition, not all divorce lawyers have equal experience, equal education, or are equally competent. Consequently, the consumer/client must be continuously educating themselves to ensure that their attorney is fully advising them on all the potential issues or problem areas that could occur in their case. Similarly, consumers/clients need to know what issues may impact their divorce case.
Parental alienation cases are among the most troublesome in divorce court. Those dealing with alienated teenagers are particularly difficult. Judges are often confronted with evidence clearly demonstrating that the alienation is occurring and that the alienated teenager does not want to have contact with the targeted parent.
Ashley Madison is a website that has been in existence since 2001. With the motto: "Life is short – Have an affair." It is a website dedicated to infidelity and extramarital affairs among its members. It has garnered as many as 37 million customers worldwide, the majority of which are located in the United States. The hackers have threatened to leak nude photos, sexual fantasies, real names and credit card information. The hackers have threatened to establish a searchable data site on the Internet. Consequently, the identification of the customers of Ashley Madison may become embarrassingly simple.
We often picture divorce full of disagreements, court battles and generally leaving a scorched path of earth as it progresses. In certain circumstances, however, an amicable divorce can be possible. More and more couples are finding a way to achieve a happily never after.
Whether you are a separated or divorced parent, your children are going to spend time in your home during timesharing/visitation. Involved parents want to remain involved in their children's school and schoolwork.
While going through a Florida divorce can be overwhelming, it is important to take a step back and ensure that you are doing everything you can to safeguard your interests - whether financial or those related to your children.
While people are generally familiar with the term “annulment”, many have incorrect perceptions about what it is and how it is achieved.
What is a marriage annulment?
An annulment literally means “to make void”. The key difference between a divorce and an annulment is that a divorce dissolves a marriage while an annulment establishes that a marital status never existed. In the eyes of the law, an annulled marriage stands as if never performed.
Heighten emotion and a lack of knowledge, along with other factors, can cause divorce for men to involve some common mistakes.
Many divorced couples in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Wellington are taking vacations with their ex’s and children. Divorce can be a difficult time for children, and some divorced parents believe that taking vacations together can help children create pleasant childhood memories.
During a divorce, a couple must confront many hard decisions, not the least of which is the sale of their marital home. Reaching a decision whether to sell the marital home contains emotional, tax, and financial consequences. Consequently, you must consider your overall situation (now and in the future), consult with any experts which you may need to provide you objective advice about the financial and tax consequences that may result from a sale of the home.
Being uninformed during divorce can be a critical mistake. While many know this is true when it comes to the legal process, it is also applicable to financial issues surrounding your Florida divorce. The last thing you want to do is pair the emotional cost of divorce with unnecessary monetary costs. Read on to learn some key financial mistakes you should avoid:
Throughout our lives, we are being told to insure against catastrophes. Consequently, we often acquire homeowner's insurance, renter's insurance, life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, automobile insurance and others. Going through a divorce is troubling enough.
Parental Alienation is a serious issue that can occur during divorce, especially if it is contentious. Parents from Jupiter to Wellington and throughout Palm Beach County should know the warning signs that parental alienation is occurring and the impact of parental alienation on children.
People from Jupiter to Wellington and throughout Palm Beach County are familiar with high-conflict divorces involving themselves, friends, and relatives. However, one topic that’s not often addressed in such situations is the proper way for grandparents to act during such awkward and emotional circumstances. Florida divorce law does not authorize grandparent visitation nor does it permit grandparent custody (except under limited circumstances).
Jeff Landers is a certified financial planner who often comments on divorce issues. Recently he discussed reasons why a vocational expert can be useful in a dissolution of marriage. A vocational expert will evaluate a person's abilities, interests, education, experience and other qualifications against the backdrop of a current employment market. Such an expert assesses the likelihood that a person can get a job, and what he or she can expect to earn, both immediately and in the long term.
5 Frequently Asked Divorce Questions:
Is there a way to avoid litigation in divorce?
Collaborative divorce offers a mutually respectful, open-minded process that focuses on joint problem solving.
Divorce can be fraught with tension and emotion, which can spiral out of control if one spouse becomes focused on harming the other or becomes overreactive. Perhaps there is no greater example of this dynamic than a false allegation of child abuse during divorce proceedings. If you become the victim of this type of fictitious claim, it is important that you follow certain steps to address these allegations immediately and vigorously protect yourself against a variety of negative outcomes - including loss of timesharing or visitation rights, loss of employment, ruined reputation and even incarceration.
Whether driven by new career opportunities or merely a desire to make a fresh start, relocating is an issue that many individuals deal with after divorce. When that relocation involves children, it is important to consider the legal implications surrounding your move.
Whether you're married or single, living in Jupiter or Wellington, there are still a lot of fun, interesting and inspiring things to do with your children that cost very little and oftentimes absolutely nothing.
Ending a marriage in Florida is no fun. If you are an executive for a company, these steps will help you during your Florida Divorce.
You can buy and sell almost anything on the Internet. Just log onto eBay some time and you will be amazed by what people are selling. How and what you sell is limited only by your own creativity. Recently, a divorced man apparently got a little too creative on Craigslist while attempting to terminate his spousal support. My thanks to divorce lawyer Robert M. Kisselburgh of the Mississippi Family Law Blog for the following post:
Divorce is almost always an emotional and painful experience. Oftentimes, divorce costs also can be financially destructive. The following are tips that will save you money in anyone’s divorce case:
When you have children, divorce is the end of the marriage, but is not the end of your relationship with your ex-spouse. You will always be connected as parents of your children. The post-divorce period requires parents to develop new, sometimes untraditional, ways to relate and communicate with one another for the health and happiness of those children.
Making the decision to divorce in Florida can feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. It likely marks the end of a period of internal struggle related to how or if you would move forward. But before you take solace in your newfound inner peace, you must share your decision with your spouse. Telling a spouse you would like to end your marriage is not only very challenging, but also very delicate as it can set the tone for the dissolution of marriage proceedings that will follow.
Whether they live in Jupiter or Wellington, divorcing couples in Palm Beach County are seeking alternatives to the traditional adversarial divorce model. While it may not have ended in “happily ever after”, is there a way to achieve positivity in divorce? Some couples are forgoing litigation or mediation for a third option - a collaborative divorce. Learn about the basics of this constructive alternative method for marriage dissolution and if it may be right for you.
Parent-Teacher conferences give parents important insight into not only how their child is performing academically and what they should be working on at home, but also what, if any, behavioral issues may be arising. When these conferences occur during or after a divorce, other challenging factors come into play. Divorcing parents should take steps to prevent conflict and undue harm for their child.
Understanding retirement accounts, how they work, and how and when they pay you, as most divorce attorneys in West Palm Beach acknowledge, is a complicated endeavor. Then add the factors of being over 50 and divorcing and it can be paralyzing. For women, divorce after 50 can mean a challenging road financially. Statistics show that women tend to take a larger financial hit than men during a divorce.
The hot days of summer are upon us. Summer vacations are hectic for all families. However, summer vacations are even more challenging when you are dealing with two separate sets of households, two separate sets of schedules, and dealing with the heat of summer. The following are some summer vacation survival co-parenting tips for separated or divorced parents:
Most of you will recognize the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe standing on the city grate in her stunning white dress while the hot air of the city rises and blows her skirt, revealing her smashing legs. What you may not know is the image hails from the play, later made into a movie, “The Seven Year Itch.” People from Jupiter to Wellington recall the plot that includes the main man, a literary publisher, “proofing a book in which psychiatrist Dr. Brubaker claims that a significant proportion of men have affairs in the seventh year of marriage.” (Source)
Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Wellington and Jupiter have been the locations where divorcing couples have had expensive dissolution of marriages. Experienced family law attorneys know that divorce in Palm Beach County can be expensive, but until recently they did not know just how much it might cost…
When school is out for the summer our children tend to concentrate on having fun. This several weeks break from learning often has a negative impact on students' retention of what they've learned previously. To prevent this summer slide we, as parents. should provide our children with enrichment activities that will keep our kids engaged all summer long. Janell Cox has provided a few creative ways in which parents can help prevent the "summer brain drain":
A divorcing couple in Palm Beach County, Florida, who owns a family business has three options. According to an article by Jennifer Morse, they can sell the business and divide the proceeds according to Florida’s equitable distribution of property statute, one spouse can buy the interest of the other, or they can stay business owners together after the divorce.
From Jupiter to Boca Raton, all parents take their children to Disney movies. Disney movies are appreciated for their positive themes. However, according to the International Business Times, Disney’s newest blockbuster is back in the news but not for its blow out box office sales. The fantasy movie created such a rift between a couple in Japan that the wife decided she wanted a divorce.
Whether you live in Wellington or Jupiter, we all know families who have gone through a divorce. One of the most difficult things for parents to do after they are divorced is figuring out how to interact when co-parenting their children. Frequently, the resentment and misunderstandings that occur after a divorce are the result of a parent’s lack of proper communication. Parents should learn to treat their relationship with their ex-spouse as a business relationship.
Divorce attorneys in West Palm Beach agree that prenuptial agreements have been around and been used before marriages for more than 30 years. For couples who have one or more of the partners with extensive wealth before the marriage or who own a business, a prenuptial can provide important financial structure in the event that a marriage ends in divorce.
Experienced attorneys from Jupiter to West Palm Beach know that when a married couple is in a disintegrating relationship there are always warning signs. More often than not, the couple gradually drifts toward ending their marriage, rather than have dissolution of marriage occur as a sudden transition from being a happily married couple to two people sitting across from each other in an adversarial courtroom. Attorney Stann Givens recently discussed six actions people should consider doing when they see a divorce in their future:
As parents we all know that traveling with our children during the summer is an often rewarding, although sometimes stressful endeavor. Summer travel can involve going to visit grandma within the State of Florida or can also involve travel outside of the country. If you've been divorced and you're planning to travel with your children this summer, make sure that you follow the following steps:
Divorce attorneys in West Palm Beach have heard of speed dating -- but speed divorcing? A new term is making the rounds among experienced divorce attorneys in West Palm Beach. The term “speed divorcing” often conjures up images of speed dating or speed networking.
People in Palm Beach County recognize that divorces are never easy. Getting a divorce after 50 can certainly complicate matters. Couples from Jupiter to Wellington tend to have more earnings and estate issues than younger couples. This does not mean, however, that the process can’t be cooperative. Let’s look at a few reasons why Collaborative Divorce benefits older couples:
Parental Alienation may be a growing trend in our country. Defined as “when a child expresses unjustified hatred or unreasonably strong dislike of one parent, making access by the rejected parent difficult or impossible,” (source) parental alienation occurs most often in divorce with high-conflict child custody battles. The child, sometimes by the indoctrination of the custodial parent, expresses intense dislike of the non-custodial parent. Occasionally, accusations of abuse come with the breach of affection, further complicating separation or divorce.
Couples in Palm Beach County know that hiring a divorce attorney is important. Attorney Howard Goldstein in the Massachusetts divorce blog recently discussed questions that people should ask themselves before hiring a divorce lawyer. These questions include:
Although the divorce rate in the US has declined slightly in recent years, one segment of the population has doubled its rate in the past 20 years: the 50+ year old category. Research sociologists Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin of Bowling Green State University will present their findings when they share their paper, "The Gray Divorce Revolution," at Ohio State University in April.
Experienced divorce attorneys from Jupiter to West Palm Beach know that being requested to speak Klingon is not a sufficient ground for divorce in the State of Florida. Florida is a No-Fault state. However, some states in the United States and some English-speaking countries still require a finding of fault in order for a divorce to be granted. In England, one of the grounds for fault to justify getting divorced is "unreasonable behavior." In a New York Times article, British divorce lawyer Vanessa Platt listed some of the grounds that her clients have alleged constituting unreasonable behavior to justify a divorce. Unbelievably, they include:
We become quite attached to our pets over time. We bond with them. We play with them. We feed and nurture them. They provide solace during our times of crises and emotional turmoil. They become one of the family. We grieve them when they die. In divorce cases, experienced divorce attorneys from Jupiter to West Palm Beach recognize that pets are important part to families. Unfortunately, the courts in Florida treat pets not as a member of the family but rather as a form of property.
People from Jupiter to Wellington are searching for other alternatives to a traditional divorce. There are many reasons to use the collaborative divorce process if your spouse is willing and your family is a good fit for the process. The following advantages describe some of the benefits of the collaborative divorce:
As a parent of a modern child or teenager, you know it's not easy for children growing up in today's media-saturated world. Although children are involved in school, friends, and activities, today's kids are never far from their cell phones, computers, TVs, tablets, or video game consoles. That can add to a lot of distractions and interference to shared family time.
Divorce is stressful. We can all agree with that. Sociological studies are proving it and demonstrating how it can affect a person’s health.
Although Florida has statutes dealing with grandparent guardianship and grandparent visitation, those statutes have been declared to be unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court. Consequently, many grandparents in Florida are often discouraged from attempting to obtain full-time care of their grandchildren, even when their grandchildren are suffering under dire circumstances. However, experienced attorneys from Jupiter to Wellington and throughout Palm Beach County know that there are - under limited circumstances - grandparents in Florida who can obtain guardianship and/or timesharing/visitation with their grandchildren.
Separating the marital assets of a couple is often complicated and costly. Working towards that goal through a collaborative divorce may feel daunting but with the help of an attorney, it can reduce costs over traditional litigation. Want to cut costs even further? Take the advice of Richard Price, a collaborative law attorney from Texas to further save money.
People who live in Jupiter, Wellington and elsewhere in Palm Beach County, know that social media is here to stay. However, the idea of social media merely as a form of communication and entertainment is clearly outdated. It is now evident that the power of social media can extend into everything from impacting career success to damaging reputations to disrupting marriages.
Whether you are representing yourself (as a pro se litigant) or you are represented by an experienced divorce attorney, people involved in family law cases often experience emotional turmoil, frustration, aggravation, and anger. Because they have little or no experience with the legal system, they often are overwhelmed by seemingly complicated and thorny legal questions. Loriann Hoff Oberlin in her book Surviving Separation and Divorce talks about the mistake of assuming the divorce process will be fair and cooperative.
Divorcing executives living in Jupiter, Wellington or Palm Beach, Florida, get ready to download a bevy of applications to assist with the separation. In an age where we all know the phrase about having an application for everything, it should come as no surprise that smartphone apps for assisting with a professional's divorce abound. If you are considering settling your relationship woes through whatever smart device you own, be careful. Carol Bruess, professor of family communication at the University of St. Thomas [said], “Relationships are so incredibly complex. Can an app really offer the complexity we need?”
Divorce attorneys in West Palm Beach know that people involved in family law issues often are on an emotional roller coaster. At times, emotions get in the way of effective communication. However, communicating effectively can make or break a negotiation in a dissolution of marriage case or a negotiation in any other part of your life.
Experienced divorce attorneys in Jupiter, Delray, Wellington and elsewhere in Palm Beach County understand that ending a marriage of any duration is stressful. While you, your spouse and the lawyers are trying to settle everything, take a few moments to remember how important your credit rating will be after you are single. Today we share some tips for protecting your credit during divorce from writer Lynnette Khalfani-Cox from an article at AARP:
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.Should I do everything I can to help prevent the financial trauma associated with it? Absolutely! People don’t get married planning to get a divorce, but if you are a business owner, you need to be mindful of the possibility.
What do Ashton Kutcher, Angelina Jolie, and Britney Spears have in common? Besides being trend-setting celebrities, they all hired Laura Wasser as their divorce lawyer. Wasser's new book, "It Doesn't Have to be That Way: How to Divorce without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself," was released October 1, 2013.
Divorce is challenging, not just emotionally but legally. The laws and practices for divorce vary by state and make it nearly impossible for lay people to comprehend what is involved. Add to that a very emotional time with an uncommon vocabulary used primarily during legal cases and the process becomes overwhelming and intimidating.
Divorce is complicated. We know that. But in the end, when the case is finalized, things will work their way into a new normal and life can be better. The challenge comes in getting to that point. For the spouse who has supported the bread-winner, usually the wife, though caring for a household and children, there are ways to make sure that she gets her fair share.
Plenty of mature residents from Stuart to Boca Raton enjoy life in a beautiful area of the country, have good friends, lovely homes and satisfying work. Growing a family takes years and plenty of energy but conscientious couples also find time to think about and prepare for retirement and end of life issues. Once children are on their own, couples tend to use their financial resources in new ways. Maybe it’s time for travel, to get that special car, or to downsize a home, who knows?
Realizing your Florida marriage is headed for a Florida divorce or being told it definitely is by your spouse is no easy moment. Divorcees from Wellington to Palm Beach are looking for more peaceful ways to get through an awful process. Many lawyers are assisting divorcing individuals with collaborative divorce.
During my decades of practice in divorce cases, I repeatedly have heard many of the same unproductive threats, objections and protests that people say to one another in their contested family law matters. Experienced attorneys from Jupiter to Wellington know that many of these are urban legends or empty threats: not true but often believed by the inexperienced.
With media and advocacy groups educating people about Parental Alienation, the word is getting out. Families and individuals from Jensen Beach to Boynton Beach are beginning to understand its complexities and consequences for children. Little is said, however, about the alienated or targeted parent. Let’s look at some of the problems that a targeted parent might endure.
Divorce attorneys are not mental health professionals. Nevertheless, whether a lawyer practices in West Palm Beach or elsewhere in Palm Beach County, many of our clients do feel out of place and out of sorts during the day devoted to romance. At times, our clients do ask us what they should do during this day devoted to love. We are not qualified to treat people with emotional pain and feelings of loneliness. Nevertheless, we often end up giving advice based on common sense and based on our experience. Some activities that separated, divorcing, or divorced people can consider include:
It’s in all the papers. Tom and Katie are divorced. Yes, the Hollywood giants, Cruise and Holmes, finalized their dissolution of marriage several days ago and some are wondering how it might affect their careers.
Living in such a beautiful place, along the coast of southeast Florida (whether it is in Jupiter or Wellington), does not grant one immunity from disturbing statistics of divorce, child custody battles, child abuse, and how they complicate each other. Allegations that one spouse abused a child, dramatically impacts a case during divorce and the lives of its participants. Although the majority of child abuse accusations are true, the number of false accusations is growing.
Experienced divorce attorneys from Palm Beach Gardens to Boynton Beach constantly seek innovative ways to assist their clients. However, an enterprising business person has created an innovative way for couples to end their marriage. “A Dutch entrepreneur is planning a luxury destination for couples who want to take a permanent vacation from each other.”
A mother’s love is eternal, nurturing, encouraging.
A father’s love is abiding, instructing and motivating.
But occasionally mom and dad have a hard time loving each other. They get divorced. Sometimes when reasonable people divorce, accusations fly as to how allegedly unfit, unlovable and irresponsible a soon to be “Ex” is in regards to children.
The auctioneer sported a pair of rugged jeans, well-worn chambray shirt and a visor. He hawked a collection that included leather couches, mahogany furniture, artwork, kitchen gadgets and more. He and his wife who helps in the business, live in a small town north of Denver, Colorado, and he’s selling the entire contents of a home whose owners are divorcing.
Experienced Florida divorce attorneys from Jupiter to Wellington know that divorce is an emotional event upon which the law has artificially grafted statutes and rules of procedure. Divorce is traumatic; divorce is emotional; and divorce can be frustrating, annoying and taxing. In a recent issue of Forbes, Jeff Landers recently discussed personality traits that help individuals successfully survive divorce. Among the traits he discussed were:
Whether you live in Jupiter or Wellington, as a parent you have a special relationship with your children. Alienation during divorce can damage this important relationship. Parental Alienation is an action or actions by one divorcing parent that forces an alienation of the other parent from their child (or children). It is perpetrated, consciously or not, by a parent who desires to punish the other parent for the situation. Most commonly, it is the mother who is the perpetrator but increasingly, fathers are alienating as well.
“If you think it is expensive to get married, you should try divorcing…” is a sentiment that could be heard in Delray or the Palm Beaches.
Whether you live in Jupiter or Boca Raton, we all know someone who has started out with an amicable divorce only to end up litigating in court and spending tens of thousands of dollars and experiencing and witnessing our friends in the divorce case acting in a hostile and adversarial fashion with one another.
People from Jupiter to Wellington know that divorce is costly. As the rate ended marriages increases for individuals over 50, the cost can deplete retirement savings plans and doesn't give the individuals much time to recoup losses over their remaining working years. According to an article by Elizabeth MacBride, one of the keys to minimizing the damage is to stay away from a few common snags along the dissolution of marriage pathway.
Home for the holidays can be challenging for a family who is separated, is going through a divorce or has recently finalized one. The hardest part for parents can be finding a co-parenting balance for their children.
For most people, the holiday period begins with anticipation and excitement. Unfortunately for some, those happy feelings dissolve into stress, frustration and/or the blues. People who have experienced the recent death of a loved one or are going through a divorce or separation often experience a sense of loss during this holiday.
Divorce attorneys from Jupiter to West Palm Beach recognize that the number of men and women getting a divorce after 50 years old, the so called Graying of Divorce, is increasing. This fact seems to hit women harder than men but either way, actually preparing for a divorce can help you transition. Vibrant Nation, an online resource for women over 50, put together a list of 7 important areas. Men and women should find this list helpful.
Lawyers along the South Florida Coastline rely on the state’s “Equitable Distribution” laws to help unravel complicated property issues in divorce. These laws become increasingly important when a divorcing couple owns a business together. Learning about state Marital Property laws can lay a foundation for navigating its intricacies.
When couples get married, they begin with a commitment to live a life together, as partners and confidants. They work together to run a household, maybe raise a family and check off a few “bucket list” items along the way. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, life companions arrive at a mutual decision to end their marriage. They are amicable. They share respect. Would a Collaborative Divorce benefit them?
The American Psychiatric Association is considering the recognition of Parental Alienation Syndrome as a disease in the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Though the draft version of the DSM does not yet contain a definition for Parental Alienation Syndrome, the APA has specified that a group of mental health professionals has proposed a document discussing how to incorporate the term in the DSM-5.
People from Jupiter to Wellington understand that the economy in Palm Beach County is slowly improving. Nevertheless, individuals who are seeking a divorce in Palm Beach County often still cannot afford to pay a divorce lawyer to represent them in their case. Limited scope representation, also known as unbundled legal services, allows you to hire a divorce attorney to do certain parts of your case instead of the traditional “soup to nuts” representation. Some clients choose unbundled legal services because they cannot afford full representation and they believe that some advice or representation at specific hearings is better than no advice. Other people feel capable of handling certain parts of their case, but need assistance in other components of it.
With the downturn of the economy, many individuals can no longer afford legal services for their divorce. In order to save money, an increasing number of people are shifting from professional legal aid to “do it yourself” methods. Many experienced dissolution of marriage attorneys have long offered reduced cost options called unbundled legal services, which are rapidly becoming more popular. This innovative method consists of an agreement between a lawyer and client, in which the lawyer and client agree that the lawyer will undertake certain aspects of a case for a prorated fee, instead of using the more traditional retainer fee and agreement.
Many Florida divorcees are starting to take their ex-spouses (or soon-to-be) on vacations with their children. Going through a divorce in Florida can be a difficult time for children, and some divorced parents believe that taking vacations together can help children create pleasant childhood memories.
Divorce attorneys were surprised to hear that a same-sex divorce was granted in Wyoming earlier this week. Same-sex dissolutions of marriage can challenge the legal system, especially in states like Florida that do not recognize same-sex marriages.
Lack of love and sex are the primary factors for individuals, enduring a mid-life crisis, to get divorced. Usually when we think of the term "mid-life" crisis, we think of a period of time when people change jobs, purchase fancy sports cars, or engage in risky behaviors. Why now, are people in their middle years ending their marriage?
Divorce attorneys in throughout South Florida are often confronted with the issue of what to do with children’s passports after a couple's marriage ends. There are many issues to consider when obtaining a child’s passport after a divorce.
An article published in The Daily Beast purports to provide the top 15 reasons for couples to get a divorce. The article also provides the divorce risk and percentages of why certain individuals get divorced.
Divorce attorneys understand that young children are using social networking sites to communicate with others. Several social networking sites attract pre-teens, sometimes as young as 5 or 6. These sites don’t allow the same types of communication that adults have, but parents should still be wary of these websites and help their children socialize safely online.
Many divorce attorneys are astonished by one man’s attempt to rescind his dissolution of marriage agreement with his ex-wife.
Divorce attorneys realize the legalities and complications of representing celebrities or high profile clients. It is no doubt that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s affair with Mildred Baena has brought about many legal complications.
While parents of recent college graduates in West Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County are ecstatic about their children’s educational achievements, families of graduates understand the high expenses of obtaining a college degree. From text books to tuition and all of the living expenses in between, higher education is not cheap.
Anyone who has been through a bad breakup or a divorce knows that bumping into your ex after the split or divorce can be a most awkward and uncomfortable event. For those separated or divorced spouses who have been avoiding their local grocery store or favorite restaurant for fear of running into their ex-spouse, there is a way to avoid the inevitable run-in . . . that is if you both still share a love of Foursquare.
“According to a study by The National Marriage Project at Rutgers University, a woman's standard of living usually drops by 27 percent after a divorce, while a man's standard of living actually increases by 10 percent. Part of the problem is that women are more likely to be unaware of the family's financial status.”~ CNN/Money article
Parental Alienation is a detrimental behavior pattern that when perpetrated by one parent drives a child away from the other parent. According to J. Michael Bone and Michael R. Walsh there are four major indicators for recognizing parental alienation. They include blocking access, false abuse allegations, relationship deterioration, and child's fear reaction. This article will focus on the final attribute, child's intense fear reaction. Click the links above to read about the other conditions.
Divorce is stressful but when a parent alienates a child from the former spouse, the stress is amplified and causes harm to everyone. One parent, using sophisticated manipulation, can bring a child to a place of hatred towards the alienated parent. Adopting the feelings of the alienating parent makes their world seem more manageable and in control.
Divorcing couples from Jupiter to Wellington often hear about mediation from their attorneys. Mediation is a process where a neutral third party assists in divorcing couples applying common grounds and helps and attempts to assist them in resolving issues during their divorce cases. Such assistance can take tens of thousands of dollars in money and much emotional anguish and turmoil.
You and your spouse have decided to participate in a collaborative divorce. You both retained attorneys. You are about to sit down at your first collaborative divorce meeting. You are feeling some anticipation and anxiety. What happens now?
Although the divorce rate for couples under 50 has slowly decreased in the last 10 years, divorces are still occurring in many families. Children are most affected by the turmoil of a disintegrating marriage. They often have not acquired the emotional and developmental tools needed to effectively deal with turmoil and grief. Researchers continue, however, to find new ways to help children through challenges like this.
A birthday can feel differently to moms depending on their circumstances. While one might celebrate at brunch with her children bringing hand-made gifts, another might sit sadly at home wondering what her children are doing with their alienating father. This year, one woman who has been separated from her two sons, premiered her music video on USA Today.
Living in beautiful places such as Jupiter, Palm Beach, Delray Beach, or other southeast Florida cities offers wonderful amenities and a fabulous quality of life. It doesn't, however, protect a family from facing life challenges. Even here, some marriages end in divorce. If that is happening to you, it is important to get professional help to lead the way towards settlement.
Southeast Florida beach cities, such as Jupiter, Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and more, are the ideal place for many people to live. Within a few minutes’ walk or just a few hours drive, an adventurer can find lakes, the ocean, the Everglades, theme parks and so much more. It is the perfect place to raise a family and enjoy life.
On April 18, 2013, after an hour of emotional debating, the Florida House passed SB 718 that would, according to an article by Kathleen Haughney and Lisa Huriash of the Sun Sentinel, do a number of things, including:
In our posts on the Collaborative Divorce Team, we have already discussed the Child Specialist and the Financial Specialist. This week we focus on the Collaborative Coach as an important part of the Team. How does this important professional help divorcing individuals and their families through the process?
We have examined the role of the Child Specialist on the Collaborative Divorce Team. Now let’s examine the responsibilities of the Financial Specialist as another important neutral member of the team.
Experienced family law attorneys from Jupiter to Wellington know that getting divorced brings a multitude of unknowns which can lead to a time filled with raw emotions, deep grief and out of control feelings. When this situation presents itself, whether the split was wanted or not, behaviors can sometimes get out of hand during divorce. The Chicago Tribune offered an article by Jen Weigel that features practical tips on behaviors to help your children through this difficult time.
Experienced dissolution of marriage attorneys from Jupiter to West Palm Beach report that the overall rate of divorcing among individuals may be decreasing. However, with baby boomers, the rate of ended marriages seems to be increasing. Susan L. Brown, a co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, recently reported in an op-ed piece in the L.A. Times that fewer than 10 percent of those who got divorced in 1990 were ages 50 or older.
Whether you reside in West Palm Beach or in Wellington, we have all had friends who have been divorced. Whether you've experienced your own divorce or witnessed a divorce with a close acquaintance, close friend or family member, you know that divorce is an emotional issue.
Whether you live in Jupiter or in Wellington, you are aware that the Florida legislature is currently debating whether 50-50 timesharing should presumably occur in all divorces. We all want to be fair. We all want to be involved in our children’s lives. However, there appears to be no psychological research that supports the proposition that equal timesharing is best for all children.
Florida is a "no-fault divorce" state. Prior to becoming a no-fault divorce state, parties in Florida needed to allege a major fault based cause for their divorce, such as infidelity, abandonment, cruel and unusual treatment, or impotence. When Florida became a no-fault state, a divorcing spouse only needs to assert that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
Divorce attorneys from West Palm Beach to Jupiter know that recognizing parental alienation is not simple. In 1999, J. Michael Bone and Michael R. Walsh published an article for the Florida Bar Journal that defines four conditions that have been shown to mark the existence of alienation. Even though the article is more than 10 years old, the key circumstances laid out in it are still applicable today: blocking access, false abuse allegations, relationship deterioration, and child's fear reaction. This article will focus on blocking access or contact.
At some point, when pondering divorce, parents worry about how child custody/timesharing arrangements will get decided. The laws regarding child custody/timesharing focus on the rights and best interest of children. That means under reasonable circumstances, divorcing parents in Jupiter, Delray or Wellington can expect to receive plenty of quality time with their kids.
Whether you live in Jupiter or West Palm Beach, you know that growing a family is challenging work. But when a mom and dad come to a decision to divorce, telling the children probably makes the top ten list of things people would like to skip in life.
You are getting a divorce. Whether you live in Jupiter or in West Palm Beach, it is a difficult decision to make. Fortunately, after diligent research into the topic, you and your spouse agreed that a collaborative process was the right way to proceed. You each looked around the Palm Beaches and found an attorney. Now the four of you will have your first meeting. Much of this principal meeting will concern the Participation Agreement. So what is it?
People from Jupiter to Wellington understand that every major event has a celebration – such as a marriage or graduation. Another major turning point in people’s lives is their divorce. The ending of a relationship and commitment with a significant other for a period of time and beginning a new life will present a major transition for anyone.
Whether they live in Jupiter or in Wellington, your friends, neighbors or relatives often have horror stories of clauses or items that they forgot to put in their settlement agreements or in their final judgments of divorce.
Whether you live in Jupiter or Wellington, as a parent you have a special relationship with your children. Alienation during divorce can damage this important relationship. Parental alienation is an action or actions by one divorcing parent that forces an alienation of the other parent from their child (or children). It is perpetrated, consciously or not, by a parent who desires to punish the other parent for the situation. Most commonly, it is the mother who is the perpetrator but increasingly, fathers are alienating as well.
Imagine: Chuck and Sue have been married for 13 years. They have two girls, 8 and 10, and their marriage is in trouble. They decide to divorce and things take an awful turn for Chuck and his daughters. Sue begins to tell the girls what a horrible guy dad is, undermining their positive feelings for him. She starts limiting their time with him, calls him names in front of them and paints him in an unfavorable light. After a time, the girls start to believe mom and make the choice to not spend time with dad.
It’s been in the news along Florida’s East Coast lately: who gives what amount of money to which political aspirant or party. This scrutiny will likely intensify as we encounter a big election year. Some political proponents want to be recognized for their support of “their candidate” and others wish to remain anonymous. The important point here is to understand that during a divorce, you may not be given a choice as to whether you care to reveal that information or not. As experienced divorce lawyers from Jupiter to Wellington will tell you, your financial information in family court cases will not remain private.
According to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), “an overwhelming 81% of the nation’s top divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the number of cases using social networking evidence during the past five years.” (source)
Couples counseling has been around for many years. A married couple in a troublesome situation may come to a therapist or psychologist for help to better understand each other and to learn ways to work together and make a marriage stronger.
Blended families seem to be on the rise as divorced individuals find new love and put families together. One of the biggest challenges in this scenario is children/stepchildren. Their presence in a family can add financial and emotional complications.
We become quite attached to our pets over time. We bond with them. We play with them. We feed and nurture them. They provide solace during our times of crises and emotional turmoil. They become one of the family. We grieve them when they die. In divorce cases, experienced divorce attorneys from Jupiter to West Palm Beach recognize that pets are important part to families. Unfortunately, the courts in Florida treat pets not as a member of the family but rather as a form of property.
Whether you are representing yourself (as a pro se litigant) or you are represented by an experienced dissolution of marriage attorney, people involved in family law cases often experience emotional turmoil, frustration, aggravation, and anger. Because they have little or no experience with the legal system, they often are overwhelmed by seemingly complicated and thorny legal questions.
Divorce is challenging, not just emotionally but legally. The laws and practices for divorce vary by state and make it nearly impossible for lay people to comprehend what is involved. Add to that a very emotional time with an uncommon vocabulary used primarily during legal cases and the process becomes overwhelming and intimidating.
Divorce attorneys from Jupiter to West Palm Beach agree that children can be victims of parental alienation. In April 2011, a victim of parental alienation spoke out and claimed that he had lied about being abused over ten years ago.
Just as happy married couples share qualities in common, bitter ex-spouses do as well. A recent study of divorced couples cited four specific behaviors that are directly linked to ending marriages. By recognizing and avoiding those specific aspects associated with divorcing couples, spouses may be able to save their marriage.
Divorce attorneys and financial planners in West Palm Beach and elsewhere in Palm Beach County agree that it is wise to "Divorce-Proof" your business prior to or during the early phases of your marriage.
Thousands of apps have been created since the release of Apple’s innovative iPhone. Cell phone users from Wellington to Jupiter can now conveniently download the hottest applications for shopping, socializing, gaming, browsing, and much more.
Experienced family attorneys from West Palm Beach to Wellington often are surprised that their clients have not prepared any documents to secure their future or the future of their children. Such security can be found with four basic documents.
More women have now established themselves as the primary or a major breadwinner for the family. But as women’s earnings continue to grow, so does their financial responsibility for spousal support in a divorce and, as a result, the amount of women paying alimony is growing.
Palm Beach County residents may have heard of one of the most recent divorcing issues upon which the media has been commenting. Audiences from Boca Raton to Jupiter are following the bitter divorce battle regarding the religious education of a child.
Marriages spanning Stuart, Jupiter, and Wellington, are breaking down and ending in divorce for a multitude of reasons. One of the most cited reasons for separating is adulterous behavior. As high as 50% of marriages end with the couple divorcing; many end as the result of infidelity.
Everywhere you turn in the media we are provided with advice on various danger signs of divorce and the rules for a healthy marriage.
Residents from Palm Beach Gardens to West Palm Beach will not be surprised that people commonly report infidelity as a cited reason for their decision to divorce their spouse. Whether you live in Stuart or Wellington, adulterous behavior can ruin the level of trust in a relationship causing an imminent break down of marriage.
After a divorce has been settled, many ex-spouses raise concerns or have questions about how large a role the former in-laws should play in their life after divorce. The quality of relationships and frequency of contact between divorced spouses and their in-laws greatly varies across every family.
Once a party decides to move forward in a divorce case, there are a multitude of decisions that must be made. Women have an additional choice: whether to keep your married name or change your name back to your maiden name.
As divorce strikes half of all married couples, disenchanted spouses must deal with the potentially devastating emotional and financial upset of the dissolution of their marriage.
In today’s age of modern technology, almost everyone uses a smartphone to record special moments, cheesey selfies, fun events, and even silly every day occurrences. Most photos are quickly uploaded on social networking sites or photo sharing services online to allow friends and family to witness what’s new in your life.
Divorce and family law attorneys in West Palm Beach and across Palm Beach County acknowledge that in Florida divorce courts an abused spouse can request the court to take into account the violent and otherwise abusive behavior of the other spouse when determining time sharing of the minor children, in making an asset division, and for a separate award of monetary damages.
Many Palm Beach County residents flocked to the movie theatre to see the recent release, “It’s Complicated.” Starring Meryl Strep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin, this romantic comedy flirted with the idea that many divorcees have considered: is it possible to get back together with your ex-spouse after divorce?
The recent legalization of marijuana for medical purposes answered the demands of some liberal activists across the country. While legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes is currently not legal in Palm Beach County and elsewhere in Florida, many are pushing for strong reform of the current policies.
Lawyers are a convenient source for jokes and tongue in cheek observations. Everyone knows a good lawyer joke. Divorce attorneys from Wellington to West Palm Beach are familiar with many of them.
After a bitter divorce, the temptation to cut your ex out of your life may feel overwhelming. While deleting their number from your smartphone, they are still an important part of your pre-divorce life and your future, especially when children are involved.
Spring cleaning may take on a whole new stereotype if the results of a recent study have any validity. Men from Wellington to Jupiter may be avoiding their wives to keep from hearing the infamous, “I told you so.” In addition, women may find it increasingly difficult to contain their excitement about a new study.
Family law attorneys in Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and other areas of Palm Beach County know that damaging evidence can be found regarding parties in a divorce case on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others.
Divorce attorneys in Wellington, West Palm Beach and other parts of Palm Beach County know that divorce judges in divorce court begin with a presumption that marital assets and liabilities will be divided equally between the spouses.
I have commented on divorce celebrations before in my blog entries. I also have commented on family law attorneys and their actions in divorce cases. However, I never have commented on the two subjects together at the same time before.
Experienced divorce attorneys in Wellington, Jupiter, and other areas of Palm Beach County know that among the most contested issues in a divorce case revolves around custody (or majority time sharing as it is currently known in Florida).
If you live in Jupiter or Wellington, then you are aware of the concentration of horse owners and riders in these areas of Palm Beach County. However, horse owners are distributed throughout Palm Beach County.
Family and marital Lawyers can confront Parental Alienation in highly contested custody and visitation cases. Seasoned divorce attorneys would agree that such cases are difficult to litigate and to resolve. I have discussed this thorny issue in previous blogs.
Marital and family attorneys in Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, and other parts of Palm Beach County would not be surprised at the concept that a divorce can negatively affect a person's emotional and physical health.
You do not have to be a marital and family law attorney to know that divorces can become nasty and that people in a deteriorating relationship may not use the best judgment. Under such circumstances, spouses may act in ways that they may not act ordinarily.
When does the date of your separation matter? When you are Mel Gibson. Family lawyers in West Palm Beach, Florida know that Florida is an equitable distribution state. Consequently, the marital estate (consisting of the assets and liabilities to be divided in a divorce) commences on the date of the marriage and ends upon the filing of the divorce petition or on an alternative date agreed upon by the parties.
During my 30 years of practicing family law, I have had the opportunity to observe courtroom dress in divorce cases throughout Palm Beach County, around the State of Florida, and in several states.
Divorce attorneys are experienced in assisting people in dissolving their marriages. Consequently, we are often asked how can one keep a marriage from breaking up West Palm Beach and elsewhere will shake their heads in disbelief regarding the results of this recent study.
As family law attorneys around Palm Beach County have found, many potential clients are enthusiastic about the concept of collaborative divorce. They see the advantages of spending less money and time than they would in using other methods for reaching resolution of separation and divorce problems.
In these tough economic times, many parents are falling behind in the payment of child support. Family lawyers in West Palm Beach are familiar with the increasing number of child support enforcement actions that potential clients are requesting arrearages.
We live in a mobile society. As a result, many divorced or separated parents are often located in different communities, counties, or states. Finding a location to meet to exchange the children for Florida child visitation/contact with each parent under such circumstances can be challenging.
Divorcing families in Palm Beach County and elsewhere know that the current economic times are impacting on their budgets. Even with two incomes, many families are just barely making their monthly payments.
Family lawyers often are asked questions about prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. A prenuptial agreement occurs between individuals who are planning to marry. It deals with the obligations and rights of the parties in the event that they either die or divorce.
We are a society of working parents. In the majority of households, both parents are working either full time or part time. During this economic recession, couples are doing everything they can to remain employed, including working longer hours and taking few holiday vacations.
A Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge ruled recently that Florida's 30-year-old ban on same-sex adoptions is unconstitutional. In doing so, the Florida juvenile division jurist permitted a North Miami man to adopt two foster children, whom he and his male partner have been raising since 2004.
Most family lawyers know that many people (although not nearly enough) who are married, prepare and execute wills, living wills, healthcare powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents.
In my many years of practice, I have not found many clients happy to pay court ordered alimony. In some cases, the client was quite unhappy and aggravated. An example of such a reaction occurred recently in Orlando. Florida.
Jokes about spouses who spend too much are common. However, divorce attorneys ruefully acknowledge that excessive shopping or debt can cause divorces to occur.
Divorcing can be cathartic. Divorcing can be civil. However, for many couples divorcing can be an unpleasant experience. Regardless of the experience, some individuals are celebrating the end of this phase of their life with a big party.
Divorcing is a highly emotional topic. When children are involved the consequences are far more dramatic – and, not surprisingly, so are our opinions. I know there are many people who sincerely believe that no divorce is a good divorce. That children are always and inevitably harmed by the physical and emotional separation of their parents. And that parents should – for the sake of the kids – just stick it out and not rock the boat with divorcing or separating until the children are grown.
Divorces, whether they are civil or highly contested, often involve emotional pain, anguish, and anxiety for the participant. Divorces are never pleasant. Whether you live in
West Palm Beach, Florida or elsewhere, few people will claim that their experiences in a divorce have been pleasant. Consequently, the last thing anyone would likely think about after they have completed a divorce is throwing a party. Nevertheless, a whole industry regarding the celebration of one's divorce is developing in this country.
Custody claims in highly contested divorces revolve around who is the better parent. Involved, knowledgeable, and caring parenting is the "Holy Grail" of such quest. Children and their computer use is a subject of review, vigilance, and concern for parents, involved or not involved in a divorce.
Effective October 1, 2007, Florida adopted a version of the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA).Florida Statute § 61.079 is a prospective statute and only applies to those prenuptial agreements drafted after October 1, 2007.Florida's version of the UPAA deals only with premarital agreements. It does not have any effect upon Marital Settlement Agreements and Post Marital Agreements.In addition, to the extent that prior Florida case law is not inconsistent with the Act, prior case law still is valid and will continue to affect interpretation of prenuptial agreements drafted before and after October 1, 2007.
In recognition of National Parental Alienation Awareness Day on April 25th, I thought it was appropriate to clarify what constitutes parental alienation. Parental alienation occurs when one parent purposefully encourages a child to disengage with the other parent and/or denigrate the other parent.
As we are frequently reminded in the press, the new requirements for passports have complicated travel during the past summer for many tourists.However, a more unknown passport requirement has uncovered many individuals who have not paid child support and has forced them to pay millions of dollars in child support arrearages.