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November 2017 Archives

After my divorce, will I have to pay alimony forever?

It is important that readers of this family law blog understand that alimony, also known as spousal support, does not apply to all Florida divorces. In some cases, the parties to the ending marriage may elect to forego spousal support and rely on their own incomes following the termination of their legal relationships. In other cases, however, one partner to an ending marriage may need financial help to start their life over on their own.

Protect your parental rights during custody disputes

Not long ago, this Florida family law blog discussed the critical importance of a parent maintaining legal custody over their child. Legal custody is the form of custody that allows a parent to have an active voice in the important decision-making processes that occur and impact how their children are raised. A parent who lacks legal custody of their child may be unable to prevent their child from being subjected to medical, educational or religious decisions that as a parent they do not believe serve their child's interests.

Legal custody makes a parent's voice count

Each day Florida parents work hard to ensure that their children's needs are met. They pay their bills so that their kids have roofs over their heads and lights that turn on when they flip their switches. They earn money so that they can put food on their tables and clothes on their children's backs. They save and plan so that they can provide their children with opportunities for entertainment and involvement through extracurricular activities.

Can the state suspend my license if I don't pay child support?

When a Florida court orders a parent to pay financial support for the benefit of their child, that order creates a legally enforceable obligation on the part of the parent. If that parent does not meet the terms set forth in the child support agreement or order, they can be subject to certain enforcement procedures that are intended to compel them to make payments. One of those enforcement procedures is the suspension of the parent's driver's license.

Psychologist notes traits that suggest likelihood of divorce

If you have not experienced divorce for yourself, then you likely know someone who has gone through the process to legally end their relationship with their spouse. Couples throughout Florida decide to break up for a number of reasons, and those reasons can range across a vast spectrum of topics.

Sports concussions can cause lasting injuries

There has been an increased media focus on sports-related concussions, making many people reconsider their views on youth sports. If you are the parent of children who play contact sports at the junior high or high school level, you may have some concerns about their risks for suffering concussions.

Enforcement is an important part of having child support paid

The Florida Department of Revenue plays a big role in ensuring that child support obligations are fulfilled pursuant to their specific terms. If a paying parent fails to comply with the terms of their support obligation, they may be subjected to an array of enforcement methods by the state agency. This post will discuss only a few of the methods the Florida Department of Revenue may employ to see that children receive the financial assistance they need from their noncustodial parents.

Is my spouse entitled to half of my property if we divorce?

It is a common misconception that when two people end a marriage, the property that they own will always be evenly divided and distributed to the individuals following their divorce. While in some states, the concept of community property and equal ownership are the law, this is not the case in Florida. Rather than making an exact split down the middle of a couple's shared property, a Florida court will examine a number of factors before determining how the parties' property should be handled.