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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Division

The Importance of Proper Asset Valuation

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the easiest ways to divide marital property during a divorce is to come to an out-of-court agreement. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, in which case, a court will be required to step in and divide the property fairly, or equitably between the parties. However, this does not necessarily mean that assets… Read More »

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What Makes a Prenuptial Agreement Invalid?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In an effort to avoid future litigation or contention about the division of assets, more and more couples are choosing to enter into prenuptial agreements before their weddings. These agreements can be a good way of ensuring that both parties’ assets are protected and can save them a substantial amount of time and money… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Adopts New Family Law Rules

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Earlier this year, the Family Law Rules Committee filed a report with the Florida Supreme Court, recommending that it create a stand-alone set of rules to govern family law proceedings. These changes will have a significant impact on how cases proceed, so if you are involved in a divorce, adoption, or other family law-related… Read More »

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Collaborative Divorce Law Goes Into Effect in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Last month, The Collaborative Law Process Act (CLPA), went into effect in Florida after the Supreme Court officially adopted the Florida Bar’s Rules and Professional Responsibilities on the Collaborative Process. The new law creates an alternative to litigation in family law matters that focuses on resolving differences through voluntary settlement and mediation rather than… Read More »

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Modifying a Child Support Order or Timesharing Agreement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Before a divorce can be finalized, parties with children must come create a plan that accounts for child support, time sharing responsibilities, and alimony. However, as time goes on and children age, these orders may need to be modified to reflect a child’s preference, a remarriage, or the need to relocate for a new… Read More »

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Who can File for a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Florida residents who are considering separation may be able to streamline the divorce process by filing for a simplified dissolution of marriage. Although this type of divorce cuts down on processing time, requires fewer in-court appearances, and can save the parties a significant amount of money in fees and court costs, only individuals who… Read More »

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Thoughts About “Lifetime Alimony” — Using Well-Crafted Premarital Agreement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Alimony reform continues to be a hot topic here in Florida. Back in January 2017, bills were introduced to, once again, try and reform Florida’s alimony laws. Last year, the legislature passed alimony reform. Under what was labeled SB 668, judges were denied the ability to award so-called “lifetime alimony” payments. SB 668 replaced… Read More »

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Dividing Retirement Assets During a Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Retirement plans are designed and contributed to during a marriage with the assumption that the couple will stay together for the duration of their lives. However, in today’s society, this is far from reality for many couples in this country. Thus, as couples divorce, one of the most highly contested issues in a divorce… Read More »

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