It happens more often than you may think: Couples divorce while their child is still an infant. In one sense, this may be easier than breaking up when your kids are old enough to understand what's going on. However, setting up custody and visitation schedules can be challenging to ensure that babies' needs are met but they still get to bond with both parents.
Long gone are the days when mothers were nearly always awarded primary custody of their kids in a divorce. Today, barring significant issues like domestic violence or substance abuse, a divorcing father has a good chance of getting some kind of shared custody of his children if he seeks it. When custody decisions go before judges, their primary concern is what's in the children's best interests. One Florida judge notes that these "may take many forms."
Families look a lot different today than they did decades ago — they come in all variations. Most everyone would agree that the most important thing is that kids are loved and cared-for. Of course, people have markedly different opinions on what that means.
Family law attorneys frequently have clients who have stayed in unhappy, unhealthy marriages for too long. Often, people stay out of fear. What kinds of fear keep people in bad marriages?
Many divorcing couples decide to sell the family home and split the proceeds. If you are in the market for a smaller place like a condo or townhouse after your divorce, you'll likely need a mortgage to be able to afford it.
With spring break approaching and summer vacation not far behind, many divorced Florida parents will be spending more time with their kids in the upcoming months. This means likely having to interact more with their ex as well.
You likely don't plan to spend any time in court before a judge during your divorce. However, sometimes couples simply can't reach an agreement on one or more issues and need to ask a judge for a decision.
When you're going through a divorce, you're likely overwhelmed with advice from well-meaning friends and family, not to mention seemingly endless websites and blogs. However, each situation is unique. That's why it's important to get a team of people around you who can provide experienced guidance and support.
The holiday season can bring added stress on divorced parents -- particularly if they don't have a detailed parenting plan in place as part of their custody agreement.
Most people who receive alimony from an ex-spouse get monthly payments, usually for a specified period. However, if the paying spouse has the liquid assets available, the couple may agree to a lump-sum payment.