As many couples in Florida may know, there is a litany of issues to resolve when partners opt to dissolve their marriage. Some of these issues are vital, such as child custody, spousal support and property division, and the successful resolution of a divorce may hinge upon them. If any one of these issues is contested, the state recommends that couples engage in mediation.
For Florida couples who are going through a divorce, child custody battles may create a good deal of tension and animosity. Property division may cause tension as well, and if the property to be divided includes animals, then that tension may run especially high. For many, animals are a part of the family, though the legal system recognizes them as personal property. In the event of a divorce, animals may make property division especially difficult, as individuals have sometimes used the threat of taking over custody of an animal as a way to leverage better deals in terms of acquisition of property.
When a Florida couple seeks a divorce, they may become involved in property division proceedings that might become complicated, depending on certain factors. However, a recent article discusses some basics of the process that might be beneficial to some readers.
As Florida couples consider divorce, they might think about the welfare of their children or the disposition of their property. Another critical issue they may want to consider is their tax returns going forward. That is because divorce may have several implications on the way both spouses file their taxes.
For Florida couples going through divorce, the process can be overwhelming, both financially and emotionally. Simple property division typically involves tangible objects and decisions regarding who gets what. While simple property division may seem straightforward, it can be decidedly more challenging to divide abstract financial assets. Two of the most difficult things to divide are stock options and restricted stock.
Florida pet lovers may be interested in changing attitudes regarding pet ownership during divorce proceedings. For some people, pets are considered "property" such as real estate or other assets that can be divided between spouses during a split. For many people, however, pets are companions and, in some cases, surrogate children. According to the results of a survey administered to family law attorneys by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cases in which the custody of family pets is disputed as well as an increase in court acknowledgement of pets as assets over the past five years.
A recent report tells the story of what can happen when a Florida couple decides to end a relationship amicably. It is the story of a seemingly rare happy break-up, where two people decide to divorce but do not spend years fighting it out in court. It is because they engaged in collaborative divorce, a process designed to work out details like child support and spousal support without the undue influence of the courts.
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.
Florida residents may have heard postnuptial agreements are on the rise. Postnuptial agreements are similar to prenuptial agreements, but they are completed once a couple is already wed. The agreements can cover a lot of ground, but they are often used to stipulate the potential division of assets and property.
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.