If you are married, over the age of 50 and are considering legal separation or divorce, you may become part of the trend known as ‘gray divorce.’ The number of people who have filed for divorce later on in life has grown considerably over time, leaving some researchers to look at why older Americans have decided to terminate their marriage after decades of being together. A study conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University have found that while one in 10 people over the age of 50 filed for divorce in 1990, one in four people of this age divorced in 2009. That number is predicted to grow to over 800,000 gray divorces by the year 2030.
If you are a parent and have ever gone through, or are currently going through, a divorce, custody battle or similar legal matter, you may have heard the term “best interests of the child” thrown around quite a bit. When Florida courts make decisions regarding custody, visitation, parental rights and so on, they typically weigh what they consider to be the “best interests of the child” before making their final determinations.
When you file for divorce or legal separation in Florida, you may be forced to negotiate a wide-range of topics with your spouse. One of the most difficult may be that of property division. It can be hard separating all of the marital property and assets that you have accumulated during the time you were married. Florida is an equitable distribution of property state, meaning that the judge presiding over the case will determine who is entitled to what based on what he or she deems fair and equitable. You may want to try to negotiate the terms of the divorce settlement before the case is given to a judge.
At the Law Office of Philip J. Schipani in Florida, we know how difficult your life becomes when you begin going through a divorce. In addition to whatever issues you and your spouse may have with regard to your children, you may also have issues with regard to your property division. This is especially true if both of you have retirement accounts that make up a large portion of your overall assets.
When you are getting a divorce, one of your worst fears is how it will impact your kids. You may think it will emotionally scar them forever. While a divorce is often difficult for children to experience, they can grow up to be happy and healthy individuals.
When many Florida couples divorce, one of their priorities is keeping things stable for the kids. Some parents may be interested in an arrangement called bird nesting.