A Divorce Petition Is a Dish Best Served Immediately

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After you’ve decided to get a divorce, you have a lot of things to deal with, especially if children are involved.

But the most important first step is for you to legally file the divorce petition, which sets the whole process in motion. However, if this is done incorrectly, you could hurt yourself later in the divorce proceeding for not adhering to the laws regarding divorce filing.

We think it’s important for you to understand how to properly serve a divorce petition, and though the information here is specific to Florida, most states follow the same process. read more

Handling After School Activities as Divorced Parents

The first school semester your children attend after a divorce can present challenges, because the family dynamic has changed, and a new schedule has replaced your old routine.

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Children may feel confused and anxious, wondering how you and your former spouse will handle after school activities, which is why it’s so important for you to implement specific strategies to help make this transition more seamless.

Obtain An After School Activity Schedule After Your Divorce

Obtain the activity schedule for the upcoming school year so that you and your former spouse can plan which events you can both attend, and which events conflict with work commitments. read more

Divorce and Kids: School and Being on the Same Page

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Effective co-parenting after a divorce is one of the keys to helping your children ease through a difficult transition, and that is especially true when it comes to handling school issues.

A new school year after a divorce can be a challenging time for both you and your children, but there are some strategies you can implement that can help make this time less intimidating, and provide your children with the reassurance they need.

Talk To School Teachers and Staff After A Divorce

Teachers often convey that they are not informed when a significant change occurs in the lives of their students, which as a result, could affect academic performance. read more

What Division of Assets Has To Do With Your Retirement Accounts

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Divorces are often fraught with heightened emotions, especially when it comes to the division of assets that were obtained during a marriage. Couples with significant assets often find themselves in disagreement about who is entitled to what, and that often results in a contested divorce in which a judge must weigh evidence and testimony to arrive at a decision.

The guiding principle when dividing assets in a divorce is to make that division equitable, which does not necessarily mean that each side gets half. The term ‘equitable’ refers to a division that a judge deems to be fair and just, and there are many factors that weigh into a judge’s decision about what is fair and just, including the contribution each spouse made to the assets, how long the marriage lasted, and the income of each spouse during the marriage. read more

What Is My Parental Responsibility After a Florida Divorce?

When children are involved in a divorce, the process of navigating through child custody issues can be stressful and emotional for all parties involved.  However, because a divorce can be particularly difficult for a child, parents should make sure that their child’s care and well-being is a priority.  Parental responsibility or duties that parents should assume, ensures that the transition after divorce goes as smoothly as possible for their children. Remember that just because your relationship with your spouse is ending, it does not mean that you are no longer a caring and trustworthy parent.  That’s why it’s important for parents to conduct themselves and their activities in a manner that foremost supports the best interests of their children. read more

High Asset Divorce in Florida: Steps to Take and Mistakes to Avoid

While every divorce presents its own unique set of issues and concerns that must be resolved, a high asset divorce (also known as a high net worth divorce) can be particularly challenging as they oftentimes involve a significant amount of money, real estate, and investments.  With a lot to lose financially, it is imperative that couples with substantial assets take steps to avoid some of the top mistakes that can occur during a division of marital assets in a divorce.  Especially if you are trying to protect your high net worth during a divorce. read more

Do I Need To Take A Divorce Parenting Class In Florida?

Under Florida law, parents who are involved in divorce proceedings are required to take a divorce parenting class.  The class is required because parental conflicts arise so often during divorce and it can be a real issue, particularly when young children are involved.  The divorce parenting class helps to minimize conflict and provides guidance to parents on how to ease any negative effects that the divorce may have on their children.  You don’t have to worry about attending the class with your soon to be ex-spouse.  You can both attend separate classes in your own time and at your own convenience.  You may also sign-up for an on-line class, to take at your convenience. read more

Top Questions For Parents Getting a Divorce With a Special Needs Child in Florida

Navigating a divorce with children can be difficult, even in the best of situations, but when you and your spouse are facing a divorce with a special needs child, your custody and time-sharing decisions will require a unique and multifaceted perspective and should be given careful consideration. Children with disabilities often have special circumstances that require additional consideration, not always addressed in most common child custody agreements. Working with your lawyer and your child’s medical advisors can help your child adjust to their new living situation. read more

Autism and Divorce: Custody and Time-Sharing With a Special Needs Child

Autism and divorce often bring additional challenges not relevant to other divorcing couples.  We’ve outlined a few tips for you that address autism as well as other special needs children.  Let’s start with the basics.

According to the CDC, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Unlike other developmental disabilities, there is often nothing about how people look that sets them apart.  However, people with ASD may communicate and behave differently as well as interact and learn differently from other people. read more