Why You Need a Prenuptial Agreement

Why You Need a Prenuptial AgreementCouples rarely enter into a marriage, thinking about property division in the event of a divorce.  Yet all marriages end at some point or another, either through divorce or because of death.  A prenuptial agreement is a legally binding document that protects people and their property.  It ensures their desires at the start of the marriage are carried out.  It can also be useful upon death.  As such, it is a good idea to sign a prenuptial agreement prior to getting married.

What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements identify property and other assets a couple has at the start of the marriage, as well as how these assets will be allocated if the couple divorces. All property listed in the prenuptial agreement is simply divided as specified by each party at the beginning of the marriage. read more

Stepchild No More: The Adoption Option in Florida

Adopting a stepchild in Florida

Families today look very different than they did 100 years ago.  While many parents are able to divorce and continue to raise their children together, this is not always the case. Sometimes one parent is no longer in the picture, or doesn’t wish to retain their legal parental rights.

This often occurs when a biological parent:

  • Is deceased
  • Suffers from a severe mental illness
  • Is chemically dependent and unable to care for themselves
  • Was a sperm or egg donor
  • Is in prison

Adopting a stepchild in florida

When one parent is no longer interested in – or able – to parent, adoption is an option.  The courts consider adoption petitions under these types of circumstances on a case-by-case basis.  Any time a biological or adoptive parent gives up or loses their parental rights to a child, a stepparent can adopt the child.  This includes voluntary termination proceedings, as well as parental termination proceedings that are court-ordered. read more

Restraining Orders – What Every Domestic Abuse Victim Needs to Know

Family Law Issues

Domestic violence is all too prevalent in our society. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than 12 million men and women are victims of rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner on an annual basis. But this statistic only tells part of the story:

  • Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men are victims at some point during their life
  • Of the cases of domestic assault that enter the court system, 22 % were witnessed by a child
  • Almost 30% of college women report having been in an abusive dating relationship
  • Over half of all college women report knowing a friend who has been in a violent dating relationship

When living with – or leaving – a domestic abuser, experts recommend creating a safety plan. Safety plans are drafted by a professional and outline how to deal with the abuser in a variety of different circumstances. read more

Tips On Filing For Divorce From a Domestic Abuser

Divorce From a Domestic Abuser

Domestic violence is defined as any violence between members of a family, whether or not those individuals are legally married.

For example, a boyfriend who regularly assaults his girlfriend, who he lives with, is committing domestic violence in the same way as a husband who abuses his wife.

Divorce From a Domestic AbuserAccording to the FBI, 66 percent of all marriages in the U.S. experience some type of domestic violence, 85 percent of domestic abuse victims are women, and women ages 25 to 34 are the most likely to suffer abuse at the hands of a partner. read more

9 Tips For Great Co-Parenting

co-parenting

In a divorce that involves children, co-parenting is one of the most important aspects of helping kids feel safe and secure during this difficult time, and for years to follow. But without the ability to compromise, some couples find that they can’t agree on the most basic issues of parenting.

9 Tips For Great Co-Parenting

Disagreement on major issues of parenting often leads to conflict that can make a divorce even more complicated. That’s why divorcing couples who have children should create a parenting agreement with the understanding that through compromise they can find solutions that are in the best interest of their children. read more

Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence

Relationships can be hard work, and every couple goes through challenges and hardships.  But when the regular everyday ups and downs turn violent, it can be difficult to recognize that you are actually in an abusive relationship.  If your partner has used violence or threatened you with violence, or even if they try to control your activities and actions, then you may be a victim of domestic violence or abuse.  The following discusses some of the signs that you might be in an abusive relationship and steps you can take that may help you. read more