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Divorce Rates Spike in the Spring

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Divorce rates tend to spike during the spring, here are 3 theories why. The Winter Holidays Are Over Stress and financial pressure after the holidays can put a strain on the relationship, leading to conflicts and disagreements. Many will push through Christmas, New Year’s, and even Valentine’s Day with the hope that the holidays will improve the situation, but that’s rarely the case. It’s more likely that the holidays will cause an even greater divide. By the time everything has calmed down a few months later, the couple is ready to go their separate ways. Spring is a Time to Start Fresh Most of...

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Will Infidelity Affect Alimony Awards in Florida?

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There are many factors taken into account when determining if or how much alimony a spouse may be awarded in the event of a divorce; one of those factors is adultery. Whether you are a spouse who had an extramarital affair or the spouse who desires to collect alimony from a spouse who committed adultery, you will find the information below useful and enlightening. What do Florida Courts Consider in Determining Whether Alimony Will be Awarded? As mentioned above, several factors are taken into consideration by the court in determining if either spouse may be awarded alimony. Adultery is one of these...

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Setting and Changing the Amount and Duration of Alimony Payments in Florida

Over the past several decades, a number of states have significantly altered their alimony laws. In many jurisdictions, spousal support determinations are a lot like child support determinations. A formula, which usually accounts for the length of the marriage and income disparity between the spouses, usually determines the amount and duration of payments. But Florida’s alimony law is still rather subjective. Judges have almost unlimited discretion when it comes to setting the amount and duration of alimony payments.  So, whether you are an obligor (person paying support) or an obligee (person receiving support), assertive representation from a good Orlando family law...

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The Basics of Property Division In Florida Divorce Cases

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One of the biggest points of contention when a couple divorces is the division of property or marital assets. Every state has its own laws governing how property will be distributed or divided in the event of a divorce, including Florida. In our state, when a married couple makes the decision to divorce the division of property is based on a system referred to as "equitable distribution." Equitable distribution is based on the idea that both property and debts should be divided in a way that is fair to both spouses according to the circumstances. However, it is important to note...

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Understanding the Emotional and Financial Issues of Divorce

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The average length of a first marriage upon divorce is just over eight years. During that time period, most couples borrow money, acquire assets, and have children. As a result, almost all first-time divorces involve financial and emotional issues. Unless the couple had a solid premarital agreement, these issues are often rather complex. An experienced Orlando divorce lawyer keeps certain overall principles in mind with regard to these emotional and financial issues. Overall, child custody decisions must be in the best interests of the children and the marital estate, including both assets and debts, must be divided equitably. Financial Issues in a...

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Reaffirming Your Life Insurance Beneficiaries After Divorce

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BEWARE: YOU MAY NOT REALLY BE THE BENEFICIARY OF YOUR EX’S LIFE INSURANCE POLICY Effective July 1, 2012, you are not considered the beneficiary of your ex spouse’s life insurance policy even if you are named as the beneficiary, UNLESS your ex spouse reaffirms you as the beneficiary after the divorce decree has been entered. This change in the law is extremely critical since it is to be applied retroactively. So, if you are divorced and your divorce decree provides that you are to be the beneficiary of a life insurance policy to secure child support or spousal support payments, you MUST...

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