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When Should I Consider a Collaborative Divorce?

In a collaborative divorce, the couple commits to trying to work things out themselves, outside of the courtroom. Typically, each party will have a lawyer, and oftentimes a financial and mental health neutral are also part of the process. A financial neutral is involved because there are many financial decisions that will need to be made during the process and it is helpful to both parties to have a financial neutral present to go over all of the numbers and to explain how each party will fare financially after the divorce. A mental health neutral can help if there are emotional...

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What is a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)?

What is a Guardian Ad Litem? A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a person appointed by the court to represent the minor child and act in his or her best interest. A Guardian ad Litem is a neutral person who is an advocate for the minor child or children. Typically, a Guardian ad Litem is appointed when there is a dispute regarding timesharing, allegations of abuse, or when a child has special needs that must be evaluated by the court. In divorce and family law cases with a minor involved, a GAL must evaluate factors that could affect the nature of...

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6 Reasons You Need a Prenuptial Agreement

A prenuptial agreement is never a romantic proposition. However, having a tough conversation with your spouse now, may help alleviate a lot of heartache in the future. Divorce litigation in Florida can be lengthy, stressful, and expensive. While no couple ever anticipates a divorce, a prenuptial agreement acts as a safety net in the event a divorce becomes necessary. Depending on your circumstances, it may be a good idea to execute a prenuptial agreement. 1. You own a business. If you own a business, you need a prenuptial agreement. The business or any increase in the value of the business may be...

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Top 10 Common Divorce Related Questions

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1. How is a divorce case started? One party must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage to start the divorce proceedings. Once the Petition is filed, the other spouse is served with a copy of the divorce petition by a process server. The spouse that was served then has 20 days to file an answer to the divorce petition. Once an answer is filed the parties have 45 days to exchange mandatory disclosure, which includes financial information such as bank statements and tax returns. Once mandatory disclosure is exchanged, the parties typically attend mediation. 2. Do I gain an advantage if...

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