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Are there benefits to co-parenting?

Once you and your spouse have settled on getting a divorce as the only way to remedy ongoing conflict in your relationship, your attention may be turned to your children and how you can continue to give them a stable childhood despite the coming changes in your family dynamic. If you and your spouse are able to maintain some level of mutual respect in regards to parenting, your children may have a much easier time transitioning to your divorce in Florida. 

Physical and legal custody: What you should know

Whether you are currently going through the divorce process or you are simply considering filing papers, it is important to understand everything entailed in terminating a marriage. If you have children, you will be forced to deal with the subject of child custody and parenting plans. Not only is it crucial to consider the best interests of the child when determining what type of custody to impose, but it helps to think about how you will interact and co-parent with your former spouse.

Social media as evidence during a divorce

Americans cannot seem to distance themselves from social media, whether they are posting a selfie while attending a concert or tweeting a status update regarding a special moment in their lives. Many people do not realize, however, that certain social media posts can be used as evidence for or against them in a divorce case.

In divorce, what happens to any frozen embryos?

Many couples decide to pursue in vitro fertilization where they create an embryo, freeze it and wait to implant until the couple is ready. It can be years until the couple decides to pursue implantation, and during that time, it is entirely possible that the married couple will end up divorcing. This leads to a big question legal professionals are still trying to figure out: What happens to the frozen embryos?

How can child custody affect child support payments?

If you have recently filed for divorce in Florida, you may be dealing with strong emotions as you negotiate the terms of child custody and child support. Whether you receive sole physical custody of your child or you are working out a joint-custody arrangement, the amount of child support you receive or pay may be directly affected by the amount of time you spend with your child.

Are there different types of alimony?

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, you may be eligible to receive alimony as a source of financial assistance. Alimony is designed to help you get back on your feet, provide a consistent quality of life and assist you with medical bills and other expenses after the divorce is finalized. In Florida, there are six types of alimony, including bridge the gap, lump sum, durational, temporary, rehabilitative and permanent periodic.

What happens to your family business when you divorce?

If you and your spouse own a Florida business, it likely is your pride and joy as well as your major, if not only, source of family income. How to divide this business between you should you divorce therefore can become a huge issue. Florida is an equitable distribution state, meaning that all marital assets must be divided fairly and equitably between divorcing spouses. However, “fair and equitable” does not necessarily mean a 50/50 split. You have the following three basic options when it comes to deciding what to do with your family business:

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