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Divorce negotiations don't have to get heated

It doesn't matter whether you and your ex have a contested divorce or an amicable one. It's bound to be difficult for both of you to cope with your divorce. Starting your life anew is never fun for anyone. If you have kids or significant assets, then the process is likely even harder for you than it is for others. There are some steps you can take to keep conflict between the two of you to a minimum though.

The best thing that you and your ex can do is to jointly decide on your shared vision or goals for your family.

Limitations of prenups and postnups

Years ago, prenups were a taboo thing to discuss with a partner. Now, a lot more couples have realized the benefits of such a document. Every couple, no matter how much income they bring in, would benefit substantially from a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement

These documents help a divorcing couple determine how to divide assets in the event of a divorce. It can save them a lot of time and money in the courtroom during an already tumultuous time. However, these documents cannot handle everything in a divorce. In fact, there are clauses some couples put into a prenup or postnup that can invalidate portions of the document or the entire thing. 

Divorce rates are highest during prosperous economic times

A new study published by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) captures how divorce rates tend to increase the stronger the economy is. Couples are most apt to have more diversified assets when things are going well. Since couples are more apt to split up when they have more investments, they rely heavily on their divorce attorneys to negotiate settlements when dividing property among themselves.

The AAML notes that the United States economy reportedly exceeded its forecasted growth expectations during the first quarter of 2019. This resulted in a stronger labor market and higher incomes. Divorce rates have soared because of this.

How is traveling with my child different post-divorce?

Many parents in Fort Myers are planning to take their kids on vacation for the summer. While it may be easy enough for parents who are married to do this, a divorce can add a layer of complication if you plan to do this.

When moms and dads first split up, they often struggle to navigate sharing custody of their kids. This is often why disputes between the two of them arise. It's often only once they work out a custody agreement that most fights die down. This legally binding document spells out where they're going to live and how contact with both parents will be preserved.

How are high-net worth divorces handled differently from others?

When Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife announced that they were ending their 25-year marriage back in January, it stirred up a media frenzy. Many wondered what this would do to Bezos' $137 million fortune that he'd amassed over the years. It led to an increased spotlight being placed on high-asset divorces.

It's rare that anyone in the public ever hears about negotiations in wealthy couples' divorces. Settlements are seldom heard about because they're often negotiated by their attorneys or in mediation behind closed doors.

Alimony reform bill dies in Florida without a hearing

A widely-discussed (and disputed) alimony reform bill that was pushed forward by the Florida Family Law Reform Political Action Committee (PAC) failed to even get a hearing before the Florida House and Senate in its 2019 legislative session.

It isn't the first time that the PAC has tried to push through alimony reform bills -- although this may be its least successful attempt in years. The bill was widely opposed by family attorneys who say that it would have lead to poverty and homelessness for women who were reliant on alimony after giving up their own careers for the sake of their husbands and families.

How to talk to a spouse about getting a postnuptial agreement

While most married couples are aware of prenuptial agreements, many do not realize they can create a similar document after they have said, "I do." According to a 2015 study, there has been a substantial increase in the number of couples going to their attorneys seeking postnups. 

Many people grow uncomfortable discussing a prenup prior to marriage. However, they realize the necessity of one afterward. This conversation does not have to be uncomfortable as long as you know how to go about it the right way. You may have no intention of divorcing, but getting a postnup can provide you with peace of mind.

Co-parenting apps minimize courtroom custody battles

In recent years, child psychologists have continued to research the impact that divorce has on children. Their conclusions have led many judges to adopt evolving parenting time strategies. Many of them now consider it to be in the best interests of children if they spend equal time with both parents.

This increased focus on co-parenting has resulted in more communication between moms and dads. Phone apps are increasingly being used to facilitate this.

Where to look for hidden assets in a Florida divorce

Your spouse cheated on you, and it's time for you to get out of the marriage. Might the cheating extend to your finances, too?

Florida is an equitable division state, so your assets should be divided fairly. But what if your assets seemingly have diminished or vanished?

First and second wives battle over permanent alimony in Florida

Many women who find themselves being dragged in and out of Florida courtrooms over issues surrounding alimony belong to the First Wives Advocacy Group (FWAG).

The group is largely comprised of 50 and 60-year-old former homemakers. Many of them find themselves standing in front of family law judges each year begging them to order their exes to pay their permanent alimony. Many of them spent decades in marriages raising their kids instead of working outside the home. Their husbands were their household's breadwinners.

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