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How can you make joint custody work for your family?

Parenting after divorce is not an easy process, but the decisions that you make during divorce can make it easier for every member of the family. Florida parents often choose to parent cooperatively through a joint custody agreement, and while this will not work well for every family, it could be a positive decision for yours.

Penalties for unpaid child support

Paying child support is essential for any parent in Florida who has a court order to do so. The Florida Department of Revenue explains that the court order specifies how often child support payments should be made, as well as how much they should be. The money goes toward food, clothing and shelter for the child, which is often enough motivation. 

The difference between marital and separate property

When people file for divorce in Florida, there are many issues to resolve. Dividing marital property is one of the largest topics to tackle when creating a divorce settlement. It can be difficult to split the property that people have become attached to throughout years of marriage. However, not everything is eligible for division upon termination of a marriage. There are some items that may stay with the original owner once the divorce is finalized.

What are the alimony payment enforcement procedures?

If you are receiving alimony in Florida, you may wonder what you can do if your ex-spouse stops paying the court-ordered alimony. This is a common issue that the law has set standards for. The Florida Statutes state that a person who stops paying alimony without a prior agreement or order to do so will be held in contempt.

Why you should say I do to a prenuptial agreement

No one gets married with the expectation that their marriage will fail, but some Florida couples will find it greatly beneficial to put certain legal protections in place before saying I do. Marriage is an exciting step, but before you walk down the aisle, you may want to consider the benefits of drafting a prenuptial agreement.

Proposed law to reform spousal support

Spousal support, or alimony as it is commonly referred to in Florida, is a hot button issue in many divorces. According to the Sun Sentinel, the Sunshine State is one of only a few states that have lifelong spousal support payments. As things currently stand, Floridians who divorce and receive alimony payments will continue to receive them for the length of their spouse’s life. The exception is that those payments stop if the supported spouse remarries.

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