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November 2017 Archives

Options for growing your family through adoption

According to the USA Today, the Children's Network of Southwest Florida and other champions of families celebrate National Adoption Day in district courtrooms each year. You may have been considering bringing another child into your family. The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani often helps families navigate the legal adoption process so that they may one day participate in the celebration.

How to adjust to being a stepparent

It is not uncommon for people in Florida to marry someone who already has children. When this happens, that person becomes a stepparent. It is a difficult job to take on because it requires being an active part of a child's life, one whom the person may not know too well. Luckily, there have been many people who have taken on such a role and have offered some helpful advice to new stepparents.

How can divorce affect my business assets?

As a Florida business owner, if you are planning to get married or contemplating divorce, it is important to think about how separation can impact your company. Being an entrepreneur makes your situation different from most separation cases. Ideally, you could rely on a prenuptial and postnuptial contract to protect your company. 

What are some same sex couple custody issues?

Same sex couples may have gained the right to marry, but as with any marriage, there will come a time when some of those marriages may end. If you find yourself in this situation, you should be aware that some courts in Florida may not be well adjusted to determining custody for children in this situation. Because same sex couples use various different methods to have children, there are cases where only one of you may be the actual legally recognized parent. 

What factors go into determining who gets alimony?

If you should happen to seek a divorce settlement in a Florida court of law, you may wonder whether a judge will grant you ailmony. It is true that divorce cases can vary widely, and whether a judge grants ailmony will largely depend on the particulars of the case. According to Florida law, there are several common factors that a court uses to determine if ailmony is warranted. 

Methods spouses use to hide property

Many Florida spouses hide purchases from one another in marriages, but hiding how much you spend on, say, shoes or sporting equipment is not the same as hiding assets so not to split them in divorce. Regrettably, however, many divorces arise because of a breakdown of trust, and if this sounds like your own marriage, you may no longer have complete faith in your partner with regard to finances. At the Law Office of Philip J. Schipani, we have a comprehensive understanding of the methods spouses often use to conceal assets from one another, and we have helped many divorcing parties uncover hidden assets and receive their fair share.

3 considerations for protecting real estate during your divorce

If you know your divorce is inevitable, you are probably already feeling unpleasant. Along with all the emotional difficulties come financial pains. Marital separation can have a huge impact on your real estate assets. If you are worrying about how your divorce will affect your home or other property, you should learn some ways to mitigate the damage.

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