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February 2019 Archives

Time-sharing arrangement for military parents in Florida

The presence of children can make divorce matters complex, more so if one of the parents is deployed in military service. At least in the abstract, it would seem incredibly harsh for a parent to lose timesharing with the child because of his or her military service. Sometimes, though, the other parent may take the opportunity to limit timesharing when a parent is away on military duty.

This is why you need an estate plan

The only thing certain in life is death. It is an inevitable event that will happen to all of us. While people generally do not have any control over how or when they expire, they do have control over what happens to their possessions. In other words, you have the power to make decisions about what happens to your money, house, cars and other assets after your death. This is where an estate plan comes into practice.

Handling Child Custody Cases in Florida

Soon-to-be divorced spouses may find child custody to be one of the major concerns after the dissolution of a marriage. Keeping the best interests of the child in mind, the family courts in Florida may allow one parent to have the custody of the child and ask the other parent to bear the responsibilities related to child support. Both parents have a legal obligation to contribute financially to support the needs of the child, and they should also be aware of the child support guidelines in Florida.

Federal laws governing child support enforcement in Florida

While it may be widely understood that child custody matters generally fall under state law, it is worth being mindful of the limited federal laws related to the prosecution of parents who willfully fail to pay legal child support obligations. Individuals may be subject to federal prosecution for not abiding to the order passed by the court per the provisions of Section 228 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

The top 10 Florida child custody cases in 2018

Our state's appellate courts saw some interesting child custody cases throughout the year of 2018. The Florida Chapter Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (FLAFCC) has put together a list of the top 10 cases of interest across the board. They touch on a variety of issues, with the subject of relocation continuing to be a "hot button" topic.

The expenses meant to be covered by child support

If a Floridian ever spends much time around a party who pays an ex-spouse child support, it is likely that at one point or another there has been mention of some disapproval in the way the money is spent. However, the receiving party may not always be in the wrong in what he or she chooses to purchase or pay for with child support funds.

Late-in-life divorces often include high value assets

Most Florida couples do not expect to find themselves experiencing divorce after 40 years of marriage. However, it is becoming more and more common, and presents its own set of unique challenges. Late-in-life divorce is also sometimes referred to as a "silver divorce" or "gray divorce." They often result from regrets, resentments, or financial issues which have accumulated over time.

Child support and parenting time calculations

The amount of time a child spends with a parent is known as "parenting time" and it is calculated based on the amount of overnight visits a child spends with a parent within a 365 day period. Those nights are broken down into a percentage. For example, if a child spends 80 nights out of a year with one parent, then that parent maintains 22 percent parenting time.