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Parallel Parenting After Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While some parents who decide not to remain in a romantic relationship are able to remain friends after their separation, or are at least able to maintain an amicable relationship for the sake of their children, doing so is not possible for everyone. Fortunately, there are ways to work around a less-than-friendly relationship with… Read More »

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When Might I Need To Modify My Divorce Decree?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Once a judge approves a divorce settlement agreement, or resolves any divorce-related legal issues via litigation, he or she will finalize the process by issuing a divorce decree. These decrees are important, as they list the rights and responsibilities of both parties in regard to property division, alimony, and if appropriate, child support and… Read More »

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Child Custody Mediation Checklist

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many divorcing couples are able to avoid litigation by going through the mediation process. In fact, in Florida most couples are required to at last attempt mediation before they can take their case to trial. This is an especially important option for parents, whose children could suffer from a long, drawn-out legal battle. There… Read More »

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Collecting Past Due Child Support After Your Child Turns 18

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The divorce of two parents doesn’t change those parties’ obligation to financially support their child. This obligation, however, isn’t necessarily permanent. In Florida, the general rule is that non-custodial parents are no longer obligated to pay support after their child reaches the age of 18 years old. This rule does not, however, affect any… Read More »

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What To Know About Time-Sharing In A Florida Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Couples with children who decide to separate won’t be permitted to finalize their divorce until a parenting plan is in place. Parenting plans are basically child custody arrangements, in which a couple decides how often each will have custody of their child. Although what these time-sharing schedules look like will depend on a family’s… Read More »

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Planning For A Florida Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The decision to get divorced is not usually taken lightly, but comes after months or even years of debate and introspection. It would, however, be a mistake to assume that upon reaching this decision, the hard work is over. In reality, this resolution is only the beginning for divorcing couples. Fortunately, there are some… Read More »

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Factors Considered By Family Courts When Making Education-Related Decisions

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the many difficult decisions that divorcing parents face is where their child will go to school. Often, parents are able to reach an agreement on this issue, whether they decide to keep their child in the same school, remain in the school district, but change schools, or move to another district entirely…. Read More »

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Tips For Time-Sharing On Thanksgiving

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Feeling grateful on Thanksgiving can be difficult for separated parents who find themselves unable to reach an agreement on how to divide holidays with their child. Fortunately, there are ways to navigate time-sharing in a way that reduces the potential for conflict and maximizes a family’s chances of experiencing a memorable and fulfilling holiday…. Read More »

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4 Tips For Long Distance Co-Parenting

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While it may be ideal for divorcing parents to continue to live close to each other for the child’s sake, doing so is not always possible. Fortunately, parents who are committed to their children can successfully co-parent, even from different states, if they focus on a few important goals. Co-parenting across state lines can,… Read More »

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Ground Rules For Living Together While Going Through A Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While a couple may want to obtain separate residences while going through a divorce, doing so is not always an option. Often, couples may find themselves needing to wait until their shared home is sold, or they may need to grapple with other financial challenges that make maintaining two households impossible. Whatever the case,… Read More »

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