Dwayne Wade might star on a Miami basketball court by night. By day, though, he's been the leading man in a Florida family law court, and his assets have been threatened as a result. His case has highlighted some of the difficulties associated with high-asset divorce, as he and his estranged wife have disputed over asset division and custody issues since filing for divorce in 2007.
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.
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.
Although we are in Florida, you don't have to look very far to find news of New York's mayoral campaign. Candidate Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal has made national news. Sexting is a broad term that refers to the sending of sexually explicit texts or messages as well as photos over digital media--usually a cell phone.
Gov. Rick Scott recently made a line-item veto in the new state budget that cuts funding to the state’s Displaced Homemakers Program, according to a recent report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The Displaced Homemakers Program provides divorced, abused and widowed women access to various training and education opportunities.
When a couple decides to close the door on the chapter of their lives spent as a married couple, there is plenty of pain to go around. In many cases the last thing either party wants is a long, drawn out legal battle. However, even when same sex couples wish to pursue a collaborative divorce, they often find that the law prevents them from doing so.
News seems to spread fast along the Gulf Coast – especially when a politician is involved. In Pasco County, for example, a county commissioner is embroiled in a messy divorce complete with criminal domestic battery charges, although those charges were later dropped. According to an article in The Tampa Tribune, this divorce has the potential to get costly. The commissioner's net worth was listed as $4.4 million in 2012, and it likely that the commissioner and his wife also have significant assets, including real estate, business assets, pensions, and property interests.
Should a man be entitled to spousal support if his former spouse earned more than he did? While Florida law does not prevent men from seeking and receiving alimony, historically, most alimony awards across the nation have gone to women. However, the 1950s are long gone, and men are no longer necessarily primary earners who are married to women that do not work outside the home.
Here in Florida, we are accustomed to seeing older couples migrating to the state to spend their retirement years basking in the warm and sunny climate. However, a recent survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers suggests that a growing number of these older people may be setting up shop in our state all by themselves.
It's safe to say that social media is no longer something enjoyed solely by college students or those with an exceptional level of computer savvy. These days, people of all ages regularly communicate with one another via online mediums like Facebook, where they can chat with friends and family, post photos and share ideas.