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October 2016 Archives

How mental illness can impact child custody

Even though we as a society are far more open and understanding about mental illness than we were in the past, there's still a stigma around it. Parents suffering from mental illness too often don't seek the treatment they need out of fear that they'll lose custody of their children.

The 4 elements of a parenting plan

As you plan your Florida divorce with minor children involved, one thing you will need to accomplish is a written parenting plan. This plan will outline such things as parental responsibilities, scheduling and decision-making to create as smooth and cooperative a transition as possible for your children. The best plans will have these four elements, though your individual circumstances may require others.

How is alimony typically calculated?

The calculation of alimony actually varies a lot by case and by court. Alimony calculations aren't mandated by specific state rules in the same way child support is, and courts have some leeway in deciding matters related to alimony. In come cases, the two individuals might negotiate and agree to alimony outside of the court, and the court would likely honor such agreements.

Divorce after domestic abuse: Seeking full custody of children

Experts often come out in support of shared parenting even after a divorce, noting that it can be important for children to continue to develop relationships with both parents. While this is true in many cases, there are some situations where it might be safer or healthier in the long run for someone to seek full custody of their children. One of those situations might be if one parent was abusing the other parent.

Getting your home valued by an appraiser

When you are dealing with any divorce, your home might be part of what is at stake in the negotiations. Some couples sell the home outright and split any proceeds before moving on. Others work out a deal in trade for other assets or support so that one person can stay in the home, and still others decide that one person will buy the other out of the home. Regardless of how you plan on settling the matter of a house -- or multiple homes -- in your divorce, it's important to know the current market value of the property for negotiations.