FLORIDA ALIMONY – Tax reform could shrink alimony for ex-spouses

Alimony payments mandated by divorce agreements could lose their beneficial tax treatment. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, unveiled on Thursday, includes a provision to kill the deduction that taxpayers get for making such payments to an ex-spouse. Although it’s just one of the many tax breaks eliminated under the legislation, experts say it will […]

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5 Mediation Strategies for a Successful Divorce Agreement

There are many benefits to choosing mediation for your divorce, but it’s also important to understand and prepare for the challenges. The decisions made in mediation can significantly impact your life for years to come. With that in mind, it can be easy to become overwhelmed during the session if you are not adequately prepared. […]

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Checklist: Issues To Discuss With Your Divorce Attorney

A Great Tool to Use Before Your Visit to the Attorney Divorce is complicated — legally, financially, and emotionally. Dividing up property a couple has acquired throughout their marriage (also known as marital property) can be one of the most contentious aspects of divorce. Luckily, divorce attorneys can help alleviate some of your legal and financial […]

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HOW TO DIVIDE THE DOG!

Florida treats pets as personal property.  Under the laws of our state pets are considered personal property and are subject to Florida equitable distribution laws when a couple divorces. The “value” of the animal lies in its’ financial value, which can be incredibly difficult to ascertain and can’t begin to account for the potential emotional value […]

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AFTER THE DIVORCE – SELF ESTEEM

One of the many things we struggle with as we learn to recover from a divorce is learning how to rebuild our self-esteem. It’s easy to understand why this is such an issue. When your marriage ends, you may feel rejected. You may feel unworthy. You sit crying on your coach, a pint of Ben […]

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FLORIDA DIVORCE – TOP 10 TIPS

(Courtesy of Psychology Today) For some people, divorce inevitably will be ugly. For lots of reasons it’s how it will play out. For many people, though, splitting up is a grief-filled experience full of genuine loss and wonderful opportunities. If that’s where you are, if you simply were not meant to be married anymore and you are two people of […]

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GREY DIVORCE?

What is this I Hear about Grey Divorces Increasing? Looking ahead to the next phase of life can seem pretty dreadful if you can’t stand the person who you’ll be spending it with. That may be what some boomers are facing. Among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since […]

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What constitutes marital property in Florida?

Marital property is distributed in Florida divorce cases under the “equitable distribution” standard. Unlike some other states with “community property laws,” Florida courts divide marital property in an equitable, or fair, manner. In Florida, marital property includes all items, interests, and possessions attained by a couple during their marriage. Marital property in Florida is not […]

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Child Kidnapping and Custody – an Update

Approximately 800,000 children annually are reported missing, according to U.S. Department of Justice statistics—a staggering 2,000 minors daily on average. Family members account for 203,000, more than a quarter, of these child abductions, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (“NCMEC”) claims. In 78 percent of child kidnappings, the offender was the noncustodial parent, […]

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DIVIDING PROPERTY IN A DIVORCE

Divorce is stressful emotionally, mentally, physically, and yes, financially. During a divorce, you and your spouse will be forced to make and accept decisions that have a major impact on your current and future financial situation and security. Don’t go into them uneducated and alone. While many people choose to consult a family law attorney […]

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