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What is a Parenting Plan and Why is it Important?

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In the context of divorce or separation, establishing a parenting plan is an important step in ensuring the well-being and stability of children. A parenting plan is a detailed document that outlines the arrangements and responsibilities of parents regarding their children's upbringing. It covers various aspects of co-parenting, including custody, visitation schedules, decision-making, and communication. In this blog post, we will delve into what a parenting plan is and discuss why it is crucial for creating a positive and structured co-parenting environment.   Definition of a Parenting Plan: A parenting plan is a legally binding agreement between parents that outlines the guidelines and...

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What are the Tax Consequences of Alimony in Florida?

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Originally published on August 2018, updated November 2023 Alimony is not tax-deductible to the person paying the alimony and taxable as income to the recipient in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Friday (SB 1416) overhauling divorce law in Florida. The most sweeping change eliminates permanent alimony and revises the factors that courts must consider when awarding alimony. The new law took effect on July 1, 2023. The bill is not retroactive and will only apply to divorces filed on or after July 1, 2023. Read more: Permanent Alimony Eliminated in Florida Alimony Law, 2023 Effective January 1, 2019, alimony will no longer...

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New Tax Bill Eliminates Alimony Deduction in Divorces in 2019

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UPDATE: Permanent Alimony Eliminated in Florida Alimony Law, 2023 Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation on Friday (SB 1416) overhauling divorce law in Florida. The most sweeping change eliminates permanent alimony and revises the factors that courts must consider when awarding alimony. The new law took effect on July 1. The bill is not retroactive and will only apply to divorces filed on or after July 1, 2023. As of January 1, 2019, the alimony tax deduction will cease to exist. This means that alimony paid by a spouse will no longer be tax deductible. Further, the spouse receiving alimony will no longer claim...

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How to Modify Child Support Orders in Florida

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Child support orders are established to ensure the financial well-being of children following a divorce or separation. However, circumstances can change over time, warranting a modification of the existing child support order. In Florida, child support modifications are possible under certain conditions. In this blog post, we will explore the process of modifying child support orders in Florida, including the requirements, steps, and considerations involved.   Substantial Change in Circumstances: To modify a child support order in Florida, there must be a substantial change in circumstances that was not anticipated at the time of the original order. Examples of substantial changes include:   Income...

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Myths vs. Facts: The Truth About Divorce Proceedings in Florida

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When facing a divorce, it's natural to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information – and misinformation – available. Common myths and misconceptions can easily lead to confusion and unnecessary stress. As a reputable Florida law firm specializing in family law, we aim to demystify divorce proceedings in Florida by separating the myths from the facts. Myth 1: Divorce Always Ends in Court Fact: Not all divorces end up in court. Many couples in Florida resolve their differences through mediation or collaborative divorce processes. These methods often save time and reduce emotional distress by encouraging cooperative problem-solving.   Myth 2: Mothers Always Get...

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