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August 2013 Archives

Could a wedlease prevent a complicated divorce?

Florida residents may have seen a recent editorial in the Washington Post about a strange idea that may have merit for people who have already been through a difficult high-asset divorce or who, perhaps, just want to test the waters of marriage. The editorial suggests a new legal arrangement called a wedlease, which would be rather akin to signing a rental agreement.

How can adultery affect divorce outcomes in Florida?

News of celebrity marriages and divorces often fill headlines in Florida. Many Florida residents may have heard this month that Simon Cowell of “American Idol” fame has been deemed a “home-wrecker” in a divorce petition. A man is filing for divorce after his wife reportedly had an affair with Cowell and became pregnant. Cowell is named in the divorce filing.

Could having more siblings make divorce less likely?

There are many theories about what might make people more or less prone to divorce. Many studies have examined the upbringing of children and how that might affect their relationships later in life. One study that has looked at a 40-year window has concluded that people who have more siblings are less likely to see their marriages end in divorce.

Alimony reform movement is not going away soon in Florida

In May, we discussed Florida Gov. Rick Scott's veto of a bill that would have ended permanent alimony. It has now been reported that another version of the controversial legislation is expected to resurface next year.