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May 2018 Archives

A Florida power of attorney needs to remain powerful

Estate planning documents are in place for a reason. One of those -- a power of attorney (POA) -- legally authorizes a person to be able to handle affairs and to make health care decisions on behalf of the maker in case the person should be unable to do so for him or herself. The last thing Florida residents would want is for their POA to be rendered powerless.

3 costly divorce mistakes to avoid

Leaving your spouse may be emotionally devastating, but it may also be harmful to your financial wellbeing. Breaking up is costly, and you will probably see an increase in your cost of living. If you are getting a divorce, it is important to consider the monetary risks you may face.

Child custody: Keeping children out of the conversation

Emotions may be out of control during a divorce situation. But no matter how angry or hurt parents are at each other, they must make it a priority when it comes to keeping children out of the conversation regarding divorce and custody matters. Divorcing Florida parents are best served by not putting their children in the middle of their problems. Children may already be feeling the pain of their parents splitting up and adding to that pain by involving them in issues they shouldn't be involved in is not in their best interests.

Right of first refusal expands parental responsibility

Divorcing parents face many challenges. Of course, the most difficult adjustment may be having time with one's children limited to a set schedule. This can be especially frustrating if the parents do not share equal parental responsibility but instead end up with an arrangement where one parent has custody and the other has time-sharing rights. When this is the case, many parents do not realize there is an option they can request in their custody arrangements that may offer them additional time with the children.

How will deployment affect chances of child custody?

For Florida military families, divorce can cause more complex issues than for civilian families. For one thing, military parents must always keep in mind the potential for reassignment or deployment when considering child custody issues. The fluid life of a service member means being ready at a moment's notice when an assignment requires a move to another part of the country or world. Technically, this should not affect the outcome of a child custody ruling, but unfortunately, it often does impact a court decision.

Child custody and parental responsibility

Divorce is a fact of life for many Florida couples. Property is divided, debts are addressed and each individual begins life independent of the other. However, when children are involved, each individual still has parental responsibility that often require them to work together for the benefit of the children.

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