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October 2018 Archives

When grandparents want visitation rights

Florida has an aggressive stance when it comes to protecting the privacy of its residents. As a grandparent, this means that you have no legal rights when it comes to developing or maintaining a relationship with your grandchildren if the parents deny you access. At the Law Office of Philip J. Schipani, we often represent clients who want visitation rights with their grandkids.

What are the advantages of mediation and how does it work?

You may have wanted to file for divorce for some time, but you are putting it off because of the potential nightmare of a court battle. You and other Florida residents have other options for ending your marriage, such as mediation. An uncontested divorce – meaning a divorce that is not litigated in court – is not for everyone, but if it works for you, you might find the advantages greatly relieve some of your stress during this heart-wrenching time.

Your family business will be front and center in the divorce

When you and your spouse are facing divorce, property division will be much on your mind. Outside of your marital home, the family business may be your most important asset. If you are both involved with the business, there will be an emotional as well as a financial attachment. You and your soon-to-be-ex may have put a great deal of time, money and brainpower into building the family business.

Will you have to pay manimony when you divorce?

If you have never run across the word “manimony” before, be advised that this is the new nickname for the spousal support payments that an ex-wife pays to an ex-husband after a divorce. It could impact your life if you and your husband obtain a Florida divorce and you earn more than he does.

Can your ex cohabitate with another and still receive alimony?

You may understand the court's decision to award your ex-spouse alimony following your divorce in Sarasota, especially if you were the primary wage-earner during your marriage. Helping out financially until they are able to support themselves may be no problem; what could frustrate you, however, is them purposely trying to prolong you having to pay alimony. In such a case, your payments go from being a needed means of support to almost a form of punishment. 

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