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Know that alimony sees no gender

A survey published by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) in 2018 shows that the number of women who find themselves paying child or spousal support increased in recent years. Some legal analysts suspect that this emerging trend may be a sign that the earning power gender gap that once existed between women and men is slowly but surely closing.

AAML researchers surveyed 1,650 family law attorneys as part of their study. At least 45% reported an increase in women paying spousal support over the last three years. An estimated 54% noted upticks in moms having to pay child support.

What approach to mediation is best for my Florida divorce case?

Divorces are often complex to sort out. Children and assets tend to slow down the process more than other factors, especially if one or both spouses have hurt feelings and are unwilling to find common ground. Litigation can be quite costly and often has a way of not turning out as couples planned. On the other hand, mediation is a solution-oriented approach whereby divorcing couples may move quickly and amicably resolve their differences.

Researchers at Belgium's Ghent University and the Catholic University of Leuven conducted a study in 2012 in which they studied 469 spouses in the midst of divorcing. An estimated 50% of those individuals reported experiencing high-level conflict before filing for divorce.

When might a Florida judge opt for split custody arrangements?

It can be difficult coming to terms with the prospect of not getting to see your children every day if you and your child's other parent split up. You may have never given the thought of having your kids divided up among each of your homes, though. There is such a thing as "split" custody.

Split custody involves siblings residing in both you and your ex's different homes. Judges will often split up kids via this arrangement if they think that it would help them thrive by doing so.

Is my divorcing spouse a narcissist?

You can be so sure that you know someone until your relationship is tested and they show their true colors. Tragically, people can be married to a person whom they loved for many years until that person changes beyond recognition. Feeling that you no longer know or understand the person to whom you were devoted can be a very frightening experience, but it happens surprisingly often.

If you are currently going through a divorce and your ex is displaying narcissistic traits, you may get the feeling that you are finally seeing the true person behind the mask. You may feel that you have been lied to for all of these years by a selfish and ego-driven person. The following are signs that your divorcing spouse could be a narcissist, and some tips for getting through a divorce harmoniously.

Factors to weigh when dividing up investments in divorce

The prospect of splitting up your assets during a divorce is never easy. Dividing up investment portfolios can be even more challenging than dividing up sentimental items, cars and a home. There are many reasons why this is often a complicated process.

One of the reasons why dividing investment accounts can be complex is that there's no one way to do it. It varies depending on the financial instrument involved.

When can you withhold your child from visitation?

A Florida family law judge's primary responsibility in child custody cases to make decisions that they believe are in your son or daughter's best interests. Many of them take this to mean that they should only approve parenting plan orders that allow both you and your ex to spend equal amounts of time with your child. If there's an existing visitation order in place and something happens that makes you uneasy about turning over your child to their other parent; then you'll want to be cautious about handling the situation. If you're not, then you may unnecessarily expose yourself to legal liability.

In some jurisdictions, moms and dads may not have to turn over their child to their other parent if they're aware that they haven't adequately secured weapons or due to some other dangerous in-home living arrangement situations. Similarly, you may need to withhold access to your child if you suspect physical or sexual abuse in the other parent's household.

What rights you have if your ex violates your divorce decree

One of the final steps in finalizing your divorce is for a Florida family law judge to enter their final decree. Either spouse who violates this order may face contempt charges. It's not uncommon for a husband or wife who fails to turn over property, pay alimony or child support or violates custody orders to face contempt charges. Spouses can avoid such criminal penalties by merely negotiating better settlements or seeking modifications in their divorce cases if problems arise.

If you're having difficulty getting your ex to abide by your Florida judge's order, then you may want to speak with your family law attorney about filing a contempt motion against them. You need to prepare yourself to show proof that your ex violated the court order.

What should you remember if you're leaving an abusive marriage?

Making the choice to leave an abusive relationship isn't easy. In some cases, you'll have to think about children, which can make things even more complicated. Many people assume that this is as easy as just walking away or changing the locks; however, things are rarely that easy.

There are many things that individuals might have to think about when they're trying to get out of this type of situation. If you aren't in physical danger, you may have time to plan your escape.

Know the difference between a mediator and parenting coordinators

It's common for divorcing spouses to have difficulty coming to terms with having to split up their time with their kids. Custody is one factor, aside from alimony, property division and child support discussions that can hold up a divorce. It's if you two seem unable to work out an amenable solution between the two of you that your attorney may recommend that you bring in a parenting coordinator to help you resolve your differences to move forward.

Parenting coordinators are much like divorce mediation attorneys in that they're impartial third parties. Both types of professionals have an obligation to listen to both you and your spouse's or parent's concerns.

Questions your lawyer will ask as part of your high asset divorce

Suppose you're fortunate enough to own multiple cars, luxury cars, art collections, expensive jewelry and other valuable assets. You've probably worked very hard to earn enough money to buy those assets. You probably want to avoid losing them at all costs. Holding on to them can be difficult if you're facing a divorce. If you're fortunate, then hopefully, your divorce lawyer will find that there are specific steps you took pre-marriage to preserve your assets if you were to divorce on down the line. If they do, then this could save you significant headaches in your Fort Myers divorce case.

One of the first things that your divorce lawyer will ask you about in the wake of your split is whether you signed a prenuptial agreement with your spouse before walking down the aisle. It may likely include details about potential alimony that you agreed to pay, the ownership of different assets and other potentially financially-draining money matters when you and your attorney drafted it.

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