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Parenting Plans: What Are They and Why Would I Want One?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida Statute § 61.046 (14), a parenting plan is defined as a document which is created for the specific purpose of governing the relationship between parents regarding decisions that need to be made about minor children for couples who are divorcing. It includes a “time-sharing schedule” for each parent and the child. What… Read More »

Premarital Agreements in the State of Florida – Do I Need One?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

What is a Premarital Agreement? In the state of Florida, a premarital agreement is defined as “an agreement between prospective spouses made in contemplation of marriage and to be effective upon marriage.” The purpose of a premarital agreement is to identify personal property held by each party, and make a determination about what will… Read More »

New Research Shows That Divorce May Be “Seasonal”

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

New research just released by the University of Washington indicates that there are significant trends when it comes to particular times of the year when it’s more common for couples to divorce. Specifically, after analyzing data over the course of 14 years, the study found that there are peak months for divorce—March and August—and… Read More »

Advice for Teens Dealing With Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The many headlines that divorcing celebrity couples receive can sometimes end up providing some positive guidance for teenagers out there who feel alone and are having difficulty adjusting to the news that their parents are divorcing. Of course, even though divorce is quite common, everyone deals with it differently. Many experts agree that the… Read More »

Do Siblings Have Visitation Rights?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Sibling visitation rights are a tricky subject because while courts emphasize that the best interests of the child is what matters most, siblings do not have constitutionally-protected parental rights (because they aren’t parents); thus, any sibling that is seeking visitation rights with other siblings against the wishes of one or both parents is a… Read More »

The Impact of Divorce on Adult Children

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Recently, the New York Times reported on the soaring increase in divorce rates later in life (known as “gray divorce”), and the importance of making sure you stay grounded during the process for the sake of your kids. According to a study conducted by the AARP, 66 percent of divorces initiated later in life… Read More »

What Is Divorce Funding?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Divorce can not only be painful, but it can also, in some instances, be expensive, depending upon the specific circumstances of the parties involved. According to a survey conducted by Avvo, 58 percent of people with children cite cost as their top concern when it comes to divorce. And while many might assume that… Read More »

What Is Emancipation Of A Minor? Can It Affect Child Support?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Each state (including Florida) provides for a process by which children can become legally independent of their parents (also known as “emancipation”). When a child is legally designated as independent, it can affect some of the parents’ legal obligations as well, for example, child support payments. Typically, emancipation takes place by a child growing… Read More »

New Study Indicates Only Happy Marriages Provide Benefits

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

TIME magazine recently highlighted a new study indicating that not all marriages provide health benefits. Specifically, what researchers labeled as “ambivalent marriages”—or unions that have distinctly negative attributes—do not receive the positive benefits of marriages, and unfortunately, this describes 75 percent of all marriages (at least, according to this particular study). What’s Just an… Read More »

The Harm in Handling Your Own Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many people might feel that representing themselves in their divorce is a good way to ensure that any agreement that comes out of the process will look exactly as they would like it, and that they will also save money. The problem is that there are typically many moving parts in a divorce, ranging… Read More »

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