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January 2017 Archives

Updating your status could cost you custody of your children

When it comes to child custody, the Florida courts focus on "the best interests of the child." If a judge believes that your personal life puts those interests in jeopardy, your ability to obtain sole or joint custody could suffer. You might not consider that what you, your friends or your family posts on Facebook could hurt your chances, but you would be wrong.

Is alimony available for stay-at-home moms?

Alimony trends are changing in Florida and across the country. In the past, this court-mandated disbursement of money from one spouse to another was relatively standard, and it was often sufficient for stay-at-home moms to support themselves and their children. Now, according to Forbes, the courts may look less favorably on your wishes to continue staying home after a divorce. Since culture has changed regarding workplace opportunities between the sexes, many judges rationalize that you should be able to find employment to support yourself rather than relying upon your former husband.

Do women have a harder time than men after a divorce?

A divorce is never easy on anyone, no matter how prepared they are. However, studies have shown that the divorce process, as well as the following years, may be especially difficult on women. If you are a Tampa woman who is considering a divorce, it may help to be prepared for the emotional and financial stress you might experience.

When the kids are not all right

At first glance, the adult children of divorcing parents in Tampa, Florida, may seem better equipped to cope with the situation than younger children. Such an upheaval of the family is stressful at any time of life, however, and it is important for older parents to remember that grown children are still highly affected by divorce, even if issues of custody, support and visitation are no longer at stake.

The basics of Florida child support

When it comes to child support, there are many questions divorced parents can have. Concerns over how much will be required, what qualifies as income and how deductions will be determined are all common. Understanding Florida child support can make the entire process smoother and less stressful.

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