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What property division factors may a Florida court consider?

While some couples in Florida going through a divorce find that they are able to reach a consensus about how to divide their marital property, others may find that some items have such financial or sentimental value that both parties are reluctant to give them up. When this happens, the parties may need to turn to the court to issue an order regarding property division.

Denying access to your child: A mistake to avoid

When you have a child in your custody but also have a parenting plan you're supposed to follow, the last thing the court wants to see is your refusing visitation to the other parent. Unless there are extreme circumstances, like situations involving abuse, there is no reason you should violate a court order.

Military divorce presents issues not found in civilian divorce

It is not easy to be married to someone in the military. Service members in Florida and nationwide are often deployed for months at a time, leaving their spouse alone to manage the household. In addition, military families often must move frequently. All of this can take a toll on a service member's marriage, leading to divorce. However, there are laws related to a military divorce that are not the same as those related to a civilian divorce.

What is the difference between an 'open' and 'closed' adoption?

In the past, and currently sometimes in the case of international adoptions, the child's adoptive parents may not be told the names of the child's biological parents or where the child was born. This is known as a "closed" adoption. Often even if this information is known by the adoptive parents in a closed adoption, they do not keep in contact with the child's biological parents once the adoption is final. Therefore, the child is usually unaware of who his or her biological parents are.

Including a 'sunset' clause in a prenuptial agreement

Summer is a popular time for weddings, and many soon-to-be-wed couples in Florida are looking forward to the big day after months or even years of planning. However, there is one, not so romantic, item that should be checked off their list before walking down the aisle: executing a prenuptial agreement.

What types of spousal support are available in Florida?

Sometimes, while married, one spouse works to support the family financially, while the other spouse stays out of the workforce to take care of their family. Also, in some cases, even if both spouses work, one spouse earns significantly more than the other. Should couples in these situations divorce, the issue of alimony -- also known as spousal support -- naturally comes to the forefront.

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