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    How to Protect your Finances When Considering Divorce

    When you and your spouse are contemplating separation or divorce, it is important to consider specific actions to safeguard your assets from dissipation by your spouse. The likelihood of your spouse taking actions against which you must protect yourself must be weighed against the likelihood that taking those protections will anger or alienate your spouse, […]

    Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Filed under Divorce, News & Press.

    Unmarried Cohabitation is on the Rise, but Even ‘Nearlyweds’ Need Legal Protections

    Marriage rates in the United States have been declining for years. A recently-released study from the National Center for Marriage and Family Research at Bowling Green State University found that the marriage rate is 31.1 per 1,000 unmarried women. In other words, 31 of every 1,000 unmarried women in the U.S. get married each year. […]

    Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2013. Filed under News & Press.

    Postnuptial Agreements Fill Prenup Need for Married Couples

    Prenuptial agreements, or “prenups,” have become increasingly popular over the years. A large portion of marriages end in divorce, and too many divorces result in lengthy court battles over alimony and the division of assets. Properly executed, prenuptial agreements prevent those legal battles by predetermining such financial matters under mutually-agreed-upon terms. Some people do not […]

    Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    Supreme Court Rules on Two Gay Marriage Cases

    Proponents of gay marriage rights celebrated two major Supreme Court decisions announced on the final day of the court’s term. The court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and, by declining to decide a case on California’s Proposition 8, effectively permitted same-sex marriages in the state. The rulings do not affect existing laws in […]

    Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    Oral Agreements Unreliable in Family Law

    A recent case in family court in New York illustrates the need for child support agreements to be made in writing and incorporated into a court order. The divorced parties in the case, Kristina Lynn B. v. Joseph T.M., were parents of 10- and 12-year-old boys. In 2012, the mother withdrew her older son from […]

    Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    Separation of Joint Credit Accounts a Wise Move in Divorce

    It is important for couples who have decided to get divorced to separate credit card accounts and existing credit card debt. A little care and diligence goes a long way to protecting both parties’ credit and overall finances. “Credit cards can create problems even in happy marriages,” commented Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “For divorcing […]

    Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012. Filed under News & Press.

    Florida Court Settles Distance Measurement in Relocating Children of Divorce

    Complicated legal issues may arise when, as is often the case, a divorced parent wishes to relocate with his or her child. Florida law strictly regulates the relocation of a child’s primary residence in order to protect children’s well-being. But a recent case demonstrates that even well-established laws can allow for very different interpretations. “Relocation […]

    Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012. Filed under Divorce, News & Press.

    Divorce Complicates the Transfer of the Marital Home in a Shaky Real Estate Market

    Tampa, Fla. – In these tough economic times, the question of who gets the marital home in a divorce is complicated. Many homes that were bought during the booming real estate market are not worth what they were bought for, leaving negative equity. Added to that is the fact that the person getting the home […]

    Posted on Sunday, August 5th, 2012. Filed under Divorce, Family Law, News & Press.

    Online Visitation Can Keep Ties Between Children and Parents Strong

    Florida is one of several states that legally allows virtual visitation for non-custodial parents. Divorce is often very stressful for children as well as parents, so maintaining a connection is extra important because it helps alleviate the stress, and in doing so, it could make children less susceptible to depression and anxiety. It also helps […]

    Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012. Filed under Family Law, News & Press.

    Movement against Permanent Alimony Causes Controversy

    A woman who says she is prevented from marrying her fiancé because her income would go to support his ex-wife, is speaking out against permanent alimony in Florida – but the state legislature and family law attorneys are not on board. Under Florida law, a family law court may order one spouse – usually the […]

    Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012. Filed under Alimony, News & Press.