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February 2018 Archives

Addicted parents may be unable to handle parental responsibility

A welcome change in child custody laws in Florida and across the country includes the move toward more equitable parenting plans. However, when one parent is not fit to deal with parental responsibility, the courts may decide to intervene. This typically happens in the face of evidence that a parent is abusing drugs or alcohol.

Is a collaborative divorce right for you?

If you are a Florida resident contemplating divorce, both you and your spouse, despite your irreconcilable differences, probably hate the thought of a protracted, acrimonious court battle. What you may not realize is that more amicable options exist. One of them is collaborative divorce, and it may be the approach that best fits you and your spouse and your specific situation.

Changing tax law muddles alimony and property division for many

As if divorce was not hard enough, now Florida couples have to contend with new alimony laws that may turn the proceedings upside down. Alimony was once a useful tool for negotiating property division and for providing a lesser-earning spouse with some stability in the early years after the divorce. However, the new law removes the incentive for negotiation and may create a rush to court for many couples who have been postponing their divorces.

Should you and your spouse negotiate on your own?

During a divorce, many soon-to-be ex-spouses try to save money and time by negotiating with each other. In a few cases, it works. Many times, though, this move turns into a giant headache and worsens the situation. For one thing, you could make an offer that is not exactly legal or give up much more than you think you have to.

Overcoming the stress of deployment in military marriage

Being married to someone who serves in the U.S. armed forces may be one of the most challenging partnerships a person can face. Service members and their spouses must quickly adapt to changes, including moves to unfamiliar places and prolonged periods apart during deployment. Because of the stress involved, the rate of divorce within all branches of the military is high. Some advisors suggest ways for Florida couples to overcome the common complaints about military marriages.

Bitcoin is an important part of estate plan for many

Many in Florida and around the world are discovering the convenience and flexibility of cryptocurrency. Bitcoin and other virtual wallets allow people to control their financial transactions without going through a bank. However, since no bank manages the accounts, those who invest in cryptocurrency must keep track of their own holdings. Additionally, because cryptocurrency accounts can be managed anonymously, they may be lost if they are not included in one's estate plan.

Parental responsibility in blended families takes its toll

Since the coining of the term "blended family," stepfamily advocates have sought to bring out the best in the very difficult task of uniting a married couple with the children of their spouses. Each blended family has its own unique dynamic, and the assimilation of two worlds into one often seems like an impossible goal. In fact, divorce experts claim that when parental responsibility includes stepchildren, the result may lead to many Florida divorces at the beginning of each new year.

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