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4 tips for handling divorce from a narcissist

Many individuals may accuse someone they know of narcissism in a joking capacity. Unfortunately, you may know all too well that true narcissism can cause serious issues, especially during a marriage. If your marriage took a turn for the worst after discovering that you had married a narcissist, you may have wondered how you ended up in such a difficult situation in the first place.

Because relationships with narcissists tend to turn toxic or abusive, you may feel that you hold some fault for marrying such a person. However, you may want to understand that many narcissists have a tendency to hide their true personalities until later in the marriage. At that point, you may feel that it has become too late to easily escape. You may want to remember that leaving a toxic relationship may prove more beneficial than staying.

Alimony payments are tax-deductible if filed correctly

When a Florida marriage ends, there are many details to sort out. Financial considerations play a large part in the separation of two people's lives. Alimony, when applicable, is support paid directly to an ex-spouse. Child support, which is not tax-deductible,  is paid to one parent for the care and upkeep of the parties' children who have yet to reach the age of majority. Alimony is tax-deductible, although it must be appropriately named and paid in conformity with IRS requirements. 

In general, alimony payments must be part of a divorce settlement in order to be tax-deductible. Payments must be made on behalf of one's ex and they must also be paid in cash or equivalent. If an ex dies, then the obligation for the payments ceases. There are also some rules that apply, like the divorced couple must not live in the same household or file tax returns jointly. 

Florida footballer facing alimony suit

Just in time for his induction into the Football Hall of Fame, one football player is facing a lawsuit. Jason Taylor, formerly a Miami Dolphins star, is being sued by his ex-wife for an alleged default in alimony payments. The case is active in the Florida courts. A recent news story gives more details about the couple and their divorce. 

Jason Taylor joined the Miami Dolphins in 1997, and quickly rose in popularity. In addition to his football proficiency, he became know as a wholesome, clean-cut individual. He married his now-ex, Katina, in 2000. The marriage was not without its drama, including a fight with his adoptive father who initially opposed the marriage. 

Divorce and cyberstalking

A lot of people lurk on social media. You may even jokingly admit to stalking someone by scrolling through Facebook posts or looking up friends of friends. Maybe you went on a date and returned home to check out the person's Twitter account. It's harmless, right?

You may have thought so then, but now that you are in the middle of a divorce, you are not so sure. Understandably, your spouse was not happy about your decision to file for divorce. However, certain online behaviors may have you wondering if you should worry for your safety.

Divorce advice for Florida folks - a divorced mom's point of view

A person's life is continually evolving, and some argue that people generally progress in positive ways and become wiser. The fears of the future dissolve as humans learn new ways to adapt and move on. Some people, when facing divorce, fear the future and the changes that come with dissolving a marriage. One divorced woman has shared her point of view in a recent news article that aims to comfort people facing divorce, whether they are in Florida or anywhere across the country. 

From her perspective, she feared that her divorce would negatively affect her children. Now, five years out from the separation, she is able to see that her children have adapted and continue to have joy in their lives. Additionally, they have the opportunity to be doted on by loving stepparents, so in some ways divorce has helped increase the amount of love offered to them. 

Alimony and assets dispute for Florida couple

One couple is continuing an ongoing legal battle related to the end of their marriage. The alimony and assets divorce case has been remanded back to the trial court by an appellate court. The Florida couple's significant assets and financial relationship with a former father-in-law has complicated the resolution of the case. 

The ex-wife was not satisfied with the initial divorce ruling in the trial court. Instead of receiving the $20,000 per month in permanent alimony she requested, the initial court ruling gave her $2,500 per month and a rental property. She also was not satisfied with the court's ruling about both parties having to pay for a property sale to her ex-father-in-law, the court's assessment of the value of her ex-husband's stocks and the rejection of having her legal fees paid. 

Could a restraining order have purpose in your divorce?

Many people find themselves in relationships that turn dangerous. Domestic violence and other forms of abuse may affect you or someone you know, and as a result, filing for divorce may seem like the only option of keeping yourself safe from your spouse. However, you may worry about what type of repercussions the decision may cause.

If you fear your spouse and hope to gain some protection during divorce proceedings, you may have reason to file for a temporary restraining order. While this order could potentially increase your safety, you may need to understand certain information before filing for a protective order.

Divorce rates higher for military workers

High stress jobs can have an effect on marriages, studies show. For people in the military, this means higher divorce rates for a multitude of reasons. For individuals in Florida, and throughout the 50 states, their career choice may be a predictor for future divorce. 

An analysis of Census data shows that the career with the highest rate of divorce by age 30 is first-line enlisted military supervisors. Military careers took the three top spots for rates of divorce by age 30. The Census data also shows that the average age for divorce is 30 and that 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce. 

One size doesn’t fit all: Florida’s different types of alimony

Your marriage was not like anyone else’s, so even though Florida judges do have a basic guideline for awarding alimony, they are not required to treat all divorcing couples the same. Our legal team at The Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, P.A., has often counseled clients about how the statutes may apply to them, and what to expect based on their unique circumstances.

According to the Florida Statutes, permanent alimony is not likely unless you have been married for more than 17 years and are probably not ever going to be able to financially support yourself. Even then, it could end if you marry, or if your former spouse dies. It may be, though, that you only need support for a time after your divorce, in which case you might be awarded durational alimony. The duration in question cannot be longer than the amount of time you were married.

Florida cities on list with most divorced people

Florida residents know that many things go into determining whether a marriage will stay together or not. Even those people who choose to stay married may do so not because they are truly happy but for other reasons. While some reports have suggested that the overall divorce rate in America has declined or stabilized in recent years, it can still be interesting to see trends relating to divorce in America.

Information was released based upon an American Community Survey conducted two years ago. It looked at how many previously married people lived in different cities across the country. From there, it developed a list of the 15 cities with the highest percentage of divorced residents. Of those 15 cities, five are in Florida. No other state had more cities represented on the list and only Indiana and Ohio were closest with three each.

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