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How to financially prepare for divorce

Going through a Florida divorce is rarely easy or seamless, but there are certain steps you can take before, during and after the process that can streamline it and help you adapt in its aftermath. At the Law Office of Philip A. Schipani, we understand the many financial considerations that come into play as you prepare, file and adjust after your divorce, and we have helped many clients navigate their way through the process and achieve solutions that meet their needs.

Is joint custody worth the effort?

Divorcing parents in Florida have lots of decisions to make, and one of the biggest relates to child custody. If you are wondering whether your child should stay mostly with you or move back and forth in a shared - or joint custody -  arrangement, you may want to consider a study Swedish researchers released in 2015.

How does same-sex divorce affect child custody in Florida?

Although federal law has allowed for same-sex marriage across the nation, state laws on same-sex divorce are still trying to catch up. Just as heterosexual couples are prone to divorce, so are LGBTQ couples. Divorce is already messy enough under any circumstance and even more so when children are involved. Adding in the same-sex factor can complicate things even further.

Do Florida grandparents have visitation rights?

If you live in Florida and have a grandchild who has separated, divorced or imprisoned parents, a time may come when you want to pursue legal visitation with your grandchild. Perhaps your child’s other parent is hesitant to allow you to spend time with your grandchild, or maybe you fear for your grandchild’s well-being when he or she is in the company of his or her parents. Regardless of your reason for pursuing visitation, though, your situation must meet certain criteria for your quest to prove successful.

How to tell your kids their parents are getting a divorce

After you and your spouse file for divorce in the Sarasota area, you might want to focus on your emotions while you rely on your divorce attorney to help you navigate legal matters. However, there are still some major responsibilities you must undertake if you have children.

Is Florida a community property state?

If you are a Florida resident contemplating divorce, you undoubtedly have many concerns. Which of you will get custody of your children? Which of you will have visitation and how much? Will the judge allow you and your children to continue to live in your family home? How will (s)he decide to divide all your household property between you and your spouse?

Making an informed decision during mediation

At the Florida Law Office of Philip J. Schipani, we sometimes handle difficult divorces involving heavy emotional charges. Unfortunately for our clients, the court does not make the emotional distress of divorce participants one of its primary concerns. However, we have seen positive changes to the way the law treats family law matters in recent years, most notably the addition of mandatory mediation.

Is it a good idea to represent yourself in family law court?

Florida family law covers a wide range of legal issues, from alimony and child support to property division and post-divorce modifications. If you find yourself in a situation that requires lawful intervention, why not forego the hassle of attorney meetings and fees? Why not represent yourself, Pro Se, as they call it? 

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