"I don't want your girlfriend around the kids!" "Mommy isn't here to get you because she's out with her idiot boyfriend." "Here ya go, kiddo! I know Mommy wouldn't get you a cell phone but I think you should have one!"
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the United States for almost a year. In Florida, same-sex marriage has been legal even longer, but it continues to be an issue for some LGBT couples -- and Judge Robert L. Hinkle isn't happy about it.
In this blog, we often discuss the many details you must consider when you are working on your divorce agreement. We have talked about uncovering assets, reviewing prenuptial agreements and discussing the details of your split with your kids. There is a lot to do and a lot to examine during this time, and finally reaching an agreement can be an enormous source of relief.
Any time you sign in to Facebook, read the news or watch TV, it likely isn't very long until you come across a story about someone else's divorce. These stories pop up just about everywhere, which can make it feel like divorce and related matters are little more than gossip fodder or that family issues will inevitably be sensational and dramatic.
In recent years, researchers have been looking into gray divorce more and more and we have been seeing some interesting statistics and reports on who is ending their marriage and for what reasons. For those who are unfamiliar with this term, gray divorce refers to the growing number of people over the age of 50 who are divorcing.
This time of year can be very difficult for people who decided that the New Year was the right time to file for divorce. After all, the holidays are over, the kids are back in school and it's the beginning of a new fiscal year. However, if you are among those who have started divorce proceedings in recent weeks, the upcoming weekend can prove to be more stressful than you may have expected.
Many events in life can put stress on a marriage. Some of those events are consequences of our own making, like infidelity, while we have little control over others, like a serious illness. What role, if any, do these events play in a divorce? Do you have to prove fault to file in Florida?
Divorce is an extremely common process but one that is highly misunderstood. While statistics vary from one study to another, the divorce rate in the U.S. is somewhere around 50 percent. You probably know at least one person, if not several people, who have gone through a divorce.
Today many divorcing couples are trying to avoid potentially expensive divorces. The problem is that many of these couples are simply choosing not to consult attorneys at all and therefore are not being apprised of what options they have to accomplish their very goal; including collaborative or amicable divorce, pre-suit mediation, hiring an attorney on a limited basis, or filing an uncontested divorce.
This is a question that we receive regularly. The truth is that the length of the process varies from case to case and from couple to couple. The key element is how close the couple is to resolving their issues. So a case that is essentially uncontested (meaning the parties have agreed on everything) or in a collaborative case that only takes a couple of team meetings to work out will move fast. However, a more traditional case will take longer. The parties need to complete several necessary steps before setting to a final contested hearing. Typically, discovery is exchanged, mediation is attended, and several motions may be filed and heard before the presiding judge prior to a final hearing. However, generally most dissolution cases settle prior to the final hearing because the parties have signed what we refer to as a Marital Settlement Agreement. Therefore, even in more traditional cases, the duration of the process is primarily determined by the parties themselves.