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April 2018 Archives

What is the purpose of family law?

They say you can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family. This is not entirely true, since many Florida families choose to open their homes to new members every day through the avenue of adoption. Others opt to extend hospitality to people in need who eventually become like brothers and sisters.

3 signs of parental alienation

Divorce takes an inevitable toll on children, but in many cases, it is still the best option. If you have come to this conclusion, navigating the new dynamics of single parenting can be a challenge. Kids will typically adjust to their new living situation, but in some instances, a divorce can trigger a child’s hostility towards one parent. This can be further exacerbated if the other parent encourages such anger towards their ex. 

Should you avoid using social media amid divorce?

If you are among the many Florida residents who are currently going through a divorce, you may find that you are relying on social media more than usual, whether for support, entertainment or in an effort to help combat loneliness. There are, however, certain actions you can take online that can hurt you in your divorce and affect your ability to secure alimony, maintenance or what have you. Thus, you might be wise to tread carefully when using the internet until your divorce becomes final.

Balancing alimony, taxes and divorce settlements

People in Florida who make the choice to get divorced have many factors to evaluate before they agree to a final settlement with their former partner. Some of these things are emotional, some are financial and some may be a bit of both. In the division of assets and debts, there is generally some type of tax liability that accompanies different assets and this liability can go a long way toward changing the actual amount of money a particular spouse either pays or receives. One way this is balanced for some couples is with the allotment of spousal support payments.

When your child’s other parent is a substance abuser

As a Florida parent, you likely want the very best for your child, but when your child’s other parent abuses substances, it can raise questions about exactly what “best interests of the child” really means. At the Law Office of Philip J. Schipani, we understand that you want to protect your child, and we have helped many parents facing similar circumstances navigate co-parenting with a substance abuser.

The many advantages of a mediated divorce

At the Law Office of Philip J. Schipani in Florida, we know that going through a divorce is one of the most stressful and emotionally draining periods of your life. We also know that more and more couples, regardless of their differences, wish there were a better way to obtain a divorce than the traditional litigation process that often becomes a courtroom battle between opposing lawyers on behalf of their intransigent clients. There is a better way. It is called mediation.

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