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The potential pitfalls of a strategic divorce

Generally speaking, couples in Florida and throughout the country get divorced because they're no longer happy in their relationships. However, some couples have begun to contemplate divorcing for strictly financial reasons. Couples who file their taxes jointly could be subject to the "marriage penalty" if they are in the 37% tax bracket. Ultimately, couples who had more than $612,350 in taxable income in 2019 may be better off if they were single.

Divorce more likely for some couples

There are many ways that couples in Florida realize it is time to go their separate ways. Whether they are experiencing infidelity or addiction or have grown apart over time, the end of a marriage may be the best way for people to move forward from an unhappy relationship. Of course, divorce is not only a major emotional milestone; it is also a serious financial and legal issue. People do not decide to divorce lightly; they base their decision on serious thoughts for the future. There are several common issues that many couples experience before they decide that divorce is the right decision for them.

What traits do abusers have in common?

Domestic abusers in Florida can be hard to recognize. They tend to behave much better in public and around casual acquaintances. People outside the relationship often find them to be nice, pleasant or charming. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, only 10% of people who commit domestic violence have criminal records, and most only pose a threat to their intimate partners. Even if you are the one experiencing the abuse, it can be difficult to recognize a partner's behavior for what it is. This is because there is a psychological component to the abuse that causes you to doubt the evidence of your senses. 

The link between gray divorce and poverty

If you are like most people in Florida and around the United States who are approaching a divorce, you may well be a bit fearful about how you will be able to provide for yourself once your marriage has ended. This is a reasonable concern given that most spouses end up having to share some or all of their assets with their former partner. At the same time, people have to establish single residences which can cost more than sharing a home with another person.

Domestic dispute ends with actress' arrest

It is not uncommon to learn that underneath the facade of a supposedly happy marriage in Sarasota lies the grim reality of domestic violence. Many often question why those who are experiencing domestic violence at the hands of their spouses do not simply seek a divorce. The fact is that such victims may indeed want to leave, yet they fear that if they do, the violence being perpetrated against them will escalate (or extend to their children or other family members). Domestic abuse victims need to know that there are resources in place to help them escape from a violent marriage. 

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