You've heard the grim statistics about the divorce rates in the United States. But there is a glimmer of hope, as the most recent census indicated that the divorce rate appears to be leveling off after decades of it increasing.
You're in court with your spouse, in the process of ending your marriage, and you don't agree on how to divide the assets or the time with the kids. Your spouse makes a proposal. Do you take it, even if you feel like it's not fair, or do you keep fighting for what is yours?
Your spouse is ten years older than you. You met just as you were finishing up college and married quickly. While the gap didn't seem too huge then, now you're wondering if it makes it more likely that you're going to get divorced.
You know about the divorce rate and how common divorce is. Even so, you're surprised to hear whenever someone splits up after less than a year.
Gone are the days when divorce meant the kids would spend all week with Mom and only see Dad on the occasional weekend. Today, families are free to pursue more flexible arrangements that reflect their unique needs - and promote strong relationships with both parents.
One of the points we’ve previously mentioned on this blog is that it is important for couples, when dividing assets, to determine what property is separate and what property is part of the marital estate. Again, marital assets include those acquired during the marriage by either spouse, any increase in value and appreciation of separate property resulting from the efforts or contributions of either part during the marriage, and any value tied up in retirement, plans, insurance plans, and other benefit and funds.
In our last post, we began looking at the topic of family law mediation, and some of the basic features of the process. In any mediation, it is critical to work with a mediator who is a good fit for the case to have a good shot at achieving something worthwhile. Not all mediators are equal. The differences in training and education, experience and style can be significant, and these can all impact the success of the mediation.
In our last post, we mentioned that a new set of procedural rules governing family law matters here in Florida does not address the possibility of arbitration, as was allowed in some circumstances under the previous rules. This fact is lamented by some, who say that arbitration should not only be available in family law disputes in Florida, but more widely available than it was under previous rules.
Last month, the Florida Supreme Court published an opinion that established new rules and procedures for family law matters. Among other changes that were made was a new stand-alone set of rules known as the Family Law Rules of Procedure.
Last month, we wrote about proposed changes Florida lawmakers were considering to reform state alimony law. Among the proposed changes was the elimination of permanent alimony as a possibility in Florida.