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June 2018 Archives

Top financial mistakes to avoid when divorcing

There are numerous financial considerations to make for any divorce. For couples planning to divorce in 2018, it may work in their best interest to finalize the separation before the end of 2018 due to a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which prevents a person paying alimony from deducting those payments from his or her taxes. 

Service member rights: Managing the military divorce process

A marriage breakdown can be especially difficult when one partner is a service member. Divorce in the military comes with its own set of unique challenges and must take into consideration service member rights. Although state laws govern divorce, certain federal laws and regulations regarding the military may apply to a military divorce situation. Florida military members have access to certain no-cost services such as advice pertaining to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and income taxes, for starters.

Florida military divorce: Military benefits and retirement funds

Divorce is difficult no matter if one is going through the dissolution process as a civilian or as a member of the U.S. armed forces. While there may not be a lot of difference between a civilian and service member divorce in Florida, how certain assets are treated is different. For example, military benefits and retirement funds may or may not be accessible to a non-service member spouse following a divorce.

Parental responsibility: Minimizing divorce effects on kids

When it's over, it's over, but that doesn't mean it's easy on anyone involved, particularly for children. Divorce isn't as ugly a word as it used to be decades ago, yet it still comes with the parental responsibility of putting the children first. Even in the best circumstances, some children in Florida can suffer long-lasting effects of their parents' divorce. 

Parental responsibility: Pluses and pitfalls of joint custody

There are good aspects and less than stellar aspects when separating parents have legal joint custody of their children. When it comes to parental responsibility in Florida, parents who have joint legal custody both have a say legally in making decisions for their children. Some of those decisions can include health care, religious affiliations and education. Legal and physical custody are two different entities, however, in that physical custody means the children live primarily with one parent, while the other has visitation with them even though they may both have joint legal custody.

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