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February 2017 Archives

Signs your spouse might be hiding property

If you live in Florida and divorce, assets collected over the course of your marriage are often, but not always, split in half. You may, one day, need to split your home, savings accounts, heirlooms, retirement funds and other assets between you, and your spouse may be working to position him- or herself comfortably for when that day comes. At the Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, P.A., we serve many clients who want to protect their financial interests and see that their assets are fairly distributed during divorce.

Parenting after divorce

After finalizing a divorce in Florida, parents take on a new role in their children's lives. Whether the courts decided on joint or sole custody, parents should learn how to adjust to their new lifestyle in a way that is most beneficial for the children, even if it is not convenient for the adults. According to the Huffington Post, one of the greatest ways to benefit the children is to work together as parents whenever possible, putting personal differences aside. This may mean allowing the children to split their time evenly between parents, or possibly allowing the children to decide where they will live. While the thought of the children spending so much time with an estranged spouse may be painful, it often contributes to the emotional stability of the children.

How will assets be split in my Florida divorce?

When you have irreconcilable differences with your spouse and divorce is inevitable, your major focus may naturally be to protect your assets and financial interests. The trick in many cases is distinguishing between what belongs solely to you versus what is considered marital property, which is subject to division during the divorce proceeding. A few tips may help you to successfully fight for your fair share of assets during the dissolution of a marriage in the state of Florida.

What impact can social media have on a divorce?

While social media is known for bringing people together, it can actually be quite a hindrance in terms of divorce. To this end, Tampa couples going through divorce must be prudent when it comes to their social media usage. Not only can excessive posting give rise to negative emotions and hurt feelings, it might also incur serious ramifications if you’re not careful about what you share with your friends and family.

What is a qualified domestic relations order?

If you are getting a divorce in Florida, you may be required to get a qualified domestic relations order. A QDRO is specifically important if you or spouse has a retirement plan that needs to be divided because, according to the United States Department of Labor, they cannot be otherwise settled in a divorce unless by a QDRO. This order dictates an alternative payee, which is a person other than the person whose name the retirement plan is in, who can receive payments from a retirement plan.

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