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Ft. Lauderdale Family Law Blog

You Can't Get His Hair Cut!

Following a divorce, should non-custodial parents be required to get the custodial parent's permission before having their children's hair cut? Or can either parent determine when a hair cut is in order?

This isn't a topic of discussion that comes up frequently (if ever) during a divorce - and as such, most divorce agreements do not speak to the issue. 

Is your spouse a big spender? A Q&A for how to handle debt in divorce

Does your spouse spend money like it's going out of style? Or do they have a mountain of loan debt? If your spouse has a lot of debt then it can deter you from filing for divorce. The last thing you want is to shoulder debt that you did not ask for. Here's what you should know about Florida law and how you can make it work to your advantage.

Calculating child support as part of your custody agreement

These days, many Florida parents who are ending their relationships are negotiating their own custody agreements outside the courtroom. Even though child support is generally set by the court in accordance with statutory guidelines, the parents can come to an agreement about the amount so long as it remains in the best interests of the child. The formula for calculating the support amount can be complex and frustrating, so it would be a good idea to have help. 

Marrying for the 2nd time? Consider a prenuptial agreement

Settling financial matters should be on the to-do list of every Florida couple marrying for the second time -- especially if they are older. A prenuptial agreement is not only for the prospect of divorce, but is also a valuable estate-planning tool. Many older couples who are remarrying have grown children, and even grandchildren, from a prior relationship whom they want to provide for after death.

Property division consideration for couples divorcing after 50

The rate of couples who are divorcing after the age of 50 has increased dramatically in recent years. Even though they might have some of the sameproperty division issues as younger divorcing couples, older individuals have additional considerations due to the fact that they will have less time to recover financially prior to retirement. With a significant percentage of men and women here in Florida and elsewhere who find themselves below the poverty line after divorce, making sound decisions during the divorce is crucial. 

Have women been wrongly accused of causing a complex divorce?

For decades now, many Florida women have enjoyed successful careers and financial independence. Some sources concluded that this shift from women remaining at home to going out into the workforce is to blame for the rise in divorce. However, a recent study suggests that women have been wrongly accused of bringing about the end of their marriages -- regardless of whether the divorce was amicable or complex. 

What will a prenuptial agreement do for Florida couples?

In recent years, newly engaged couples across the country and here in Florida have been told that the chance of their marriages lasting is only somewhere around 50 percent. At the same time, the way people divorce has changed, and couples are no longer bound to the traditional adversarial system. In fact, many can decide several of the property issues that come up in a divorce ahead of time with a prenuptial agreement. 

Taking the first step toward being free from domestic violence

Many people who are in an abusive marriage do not believe that there is a way out. Taking the first step toward freedom from domestic violence is not always an easy one. Therefore, Florida law provides for restraining orders and orders for protection, which are often one of the first legal steps you can take to protect yourself, and possibly your children, from your abuser. 

Keeping the children out of child support matters

Florida parents who are ending their marriages have many issues to resolve before they can go their separate ways and settle into their separate lives. During the marriage, they were both responsible for the physical, emotional and financial needs of the children, and those obligations continue after the divorce. Most parents would never think of involving their children in the financial affairs of the family, and the same should be said for child support.