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Recent trench deaths lead to new OSHA measures

Florida workers required to dig gas, water or sewer lines are well aware of the potential dangers involved in their line of work. If an excavation site caves in, everyone in the trench could die. That's why the Occupational Safety Health Administration has updated its National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation.

The interaction between child support and custody

The current child support system was largely put in place during the 1960s. During that time, single mothers in Florida and throughout the country asked the government for help providing for their children. To relieve the burden, the federal government asked fathers to provide those financial resources instead. However, some parents are asked to pay child support even if they have custody of their children.

Divorce can spread in a social circle

When friends decide to divorce in Florida, it can have a wide-ranging impact throughout a social group. While many have observed that groups of people seem to divorce around the same time, research has backed up the fact that this is not just an anecdotal phenomenon. Researchers at Brown University, Harvard University and the University of California at San Diego have shown that the social contagion of divorce is a real factor frequently seen in groups of friends or social circles.

Surprising financial changes that come with divorce

When people in Florida decide to divorce, the end of a marriage can often be accompanied by a number of financial changes and surprises. Because of the extreme financial changes during this period, many divorcing spouses gain a far deeper understanding of financial difficulties and may make changes to their plans for the future. One study surveyed 1,785 divorcing or divorced women and found that nearly half experienced financial surprises during their divorces, with younger women even more likely than older participants to be shocked by marital finances.

How divorce may affect retirement preparation

Some people in Florida who get a divorce may suffer financially, and it could extend into retirement. Furthermore, with divorce among older people on the rise, it is increasingly likely that more people may struggle during retirement with less time to recover financially. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found that households that have been through a divorce are 7 percent more likely to have to lower their standard of living.

Gaming the child support system

The gig economy in Florida and throughout the country has created more flexibility for individuals to earn money on their own terms. The independence and flexibility of this type of economy allows many to manipulate the tax system to their advantage. Many are using the system to avoid having to pay child support.

Public assistance can spur a child support case

In Florida, many single parents are struggling to make ends meet. This can especially be true after a separation from a partner who once provided the majority of the income for the entire household. Single parents who are lacking sufficient financial support to cover the necessary expenses of life may turn to the state or federal government to seek assistance with medical care, food costs, housing or other matters. When this happens, the government will inquire about whether the single parent is currently receiving child support to help provide for the child's expenses.

Dividing finances and assets during a military divorce

Married Florida couples may find that going through a divorce while in the military can add a level of complexity to the process. While the actual procedural process is the same for military and non-military couples, there are some additional factors that could have an impact on the divorce for those with a spouse in the military.

How shifting gender roles can cause divorce

Florida residents who are thinking about marriage may be interested to learn that, according to a recent study, women who have sudden career surges after initially earning less than their husbands are more likely to get divorced. Part of the reason for this may be due to traditional gender roles.

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