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Family law: Married women must participate in family finances

A trend in divorce law in Florida and other states is becoming apparent. A report released by a global wealth management company confirms a general perception that about 56 percent of married women leave financial planning tasks to their husbands. The result is that they are at a disadvantage in the event of a separation and divorce. Given that middle-age divorces have doubled in past several decades, the effect on divorce settlements in the family law arena has been significant and many divorced women today may be suffering the consequences.

Family law options include mediation for negotiating an agreement

In Florida and nationwide, collaborative law is increasingly becoming a part of the fabric of legal practice, including in the process of negotiating a divorce settlement. Many family law attorneys now embrace the use of mediation for their clients. In general, many divorcing couples who choose mediation have an improved chance of obtaining an enduring agreement for less cost. One word of caution: whether mediation is the right strategy in a particular case is something to be discussed thoroughly with one's divorce attorney prior to going in that direction.

Father flaunts family law rules, stalks mother over child custody

Child custody and/or visitation issues in Florida are often raised by the one or both parents in a divorce action. Sometimes, however, these matters can come up long after the parties are divorced or permanently separated. In family law, one constant principle of child custody is that the best interests of the children are the paramount consideration, and whenever there is a change of circumstances the subject can be raised by a parent or other party in interest.

New tax laws may change family law negotiations dramatically

Change sometimes has a delayed reaction during which people react against new rules or ways of doing things. For many years, the normal standards in tax negotiations between divorcing couples in Florida and nationwide have included the basic premise that alimony is deductible to the payer and is income to the recipient. This has been the policy for so long that it may take some time for attorneys and clients to adjust their thinking about family law divorce negotiations.

Family law negotiations do not have to be adversarial

Florida domestic relations procedures are similar to those that are implemented in most of the other states. Although one may have a family law attorney leading the negotiations for a divorce settlement, the client must understand the basics and participate in the process to obtain a successful result. In current practice, where the spouses agree, it may be possible to engage in a mediation or other collaborative law procedure as opposed to a contested divorce.

DEFINING "ALIMONY" FOR THE PURPOSE OF FILING YOUR TAX RETURN

Well it 's here again. The 2015 tax season is upon us. Some folks have already filed and received their return. Other's (like me) are in the midst of gathering the information needed to prepare and file their 2015 Tax Return. Whether you prepare and file your return on your own, or use a professional tax preparer, the process can be overwhelming.

"Military Divorce" what exactly does that mean?

Living in an area rich with military bases, it's no wonder you will find many family law attorneys advertising their ability to handle your "military divorce." But what exactly does that mean? As the wife of a retired Naval Officer who served 30 years (both as enlisted and commissioned officer) and a family law attorney, I can tell you that your benefits are very limited if you haven't met the 20/20/20 rule. In fact, the best way to explain your "military divorce benefits," is to say they simply don't exist unless you meet the 20/20/20 rule. So let me break that down quickly for you below.

Marital and Family Law Review Course

January 30 - 31, 2015, the Florida Bar Family Law Section held their annual conference for members of Florida bar. The event was attended by nearly 2000 family law practitioners throughout the state. Speakers from all around the state spoke on a variety of topics relevant to the practice of Family Law.

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