December 2018 Archives

Dividing a 401(k) in a divorce

People in Florida who are deciding to divorce may be concerned about how their retirement funds will be distributed. In many cases, 401(k)s and similar funds are some of the largest assets held by a couple, so it is important to handle the distribution of these funds properly. If they are not divided correctly, both divorcing spouses could face costly taxes and other penalties.

Parents' role in teen driving citations

Parents typically laud their children's achievements and developmental milestones. But there is one rite of passage for teens that often gives parents' pause — their teens passing the driving test and getting a Florida driver's license.

How to divide a marital home in a divorce

There are many ways in which divorcing couples in Florida can choose to deal with a marital home. For instance, they could choose to sell it and split the proceeds. It's also possible to keep the home in an effort to help the children through the initial stages of the divorce. Someone who has a sentimental attachment to a certain property may also want to keep it.

The role of DNA testing in paternity cases

A DNA test may be able to prove to almost 100 percent accuracy that a Florida resident is the parent of a child. It could also disprove an allegation that an individual is the parent to a particular child. Establishing paternity is important because it is usually the first step in obtaining a child support order when the child's parents are not married.

Finances and divorce

Issues related to finances can be some of the main contributors to the failure of a marriage. However, married Florida couples can take certain steps to make sure that the handling of financial issues will not lead to the demise of their marriage.

Parallel parenting an option for parents who don't get along

In Florida divorces where children are involved, child custody is often among the most contentious issues. Family courts make custody decisions based on the best interests of the child, and sole custody is ordered relatively infrequently as courts generally want to involve both parents if possible. Most child custody disputes end with some type of joint custody arrangement. When deciding on the specifics of joint custody, courts often weigh heavily the willingness and ability of the parents to successfully co-parent.

Child custody and divorce

Every year, thousands of people file for divorce in Florida. It is common for spouses to wait until the beginning of the new year to file because they want to keep the family together until the holidays are over. In many cases, however, there is no need to wait if circumstances are especially dire.

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