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Florida divorce: Dividing marital property

Over the course of your marriage, like many people in Florida, you and your spouse likely amassed various assets and possessions. Collectively, these assets that couples acquire throughout their marriage are generally known as marital property. Marital property could include jewelry, homes and other real estate properties, artwork, wine collections, vehicles and bank accounts, among other things. Should you divorce, much of that property will, in most cases, have to be divided between you and your spouse.

Inaccurate information and child support awards in Florida

If you are a parent, you know that raising a child, while often the joy of a lifetime, can be costly. Generally, you must provide your children with a safe place to live, food and water, clothing and other basic necessities. There are, however, numerous other expenses, including costs for medical treatment and care, education and extracurricular activity fees, and entertainment expenses.

What visitation rights do Floridian grandparents have?

Florida courts typically leave decisions regarding who a child will and will not be permitted to see up to the child's parents. In cases involving child custody disputes, however, the best interests of the child may be overlooked, and a relationship with his or her grandparents severed. Grandparents in these cases, while not specifically the parents, still have some rights concerning their grandchildren. Under certain circumstances, grandparents in Florida may be entitled to visitation rights.

What is the difference between an open and a closed adoption?

Most readers are aware that adoption is the process by which a legal parent-child relationship is established between the child, who is being adopted, and the adoptive parents. Once finalized, this creates a legal relationship that is equal to that of the relationship between biological parents and their child. According to an annual report by the U.S. State Department, in 2012, the last year for which statistics were available, U.S. families adopted over 7,000 children. With each child, who is put up for adoption, the birth mother must also decide whether the adoption will be open or closed. In the state of Florida, this is largely done through Florida's Adoption Reunion Registry, which is a state registry for people, who are affected by an adoption, to list their information in order to allow for reunions.

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