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How to Ensure that Your Inheritance Remains Separate Property

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In most cases, any property obtained by a couple after marriage is considered to be a marital asset. There are, however, exceptions to this rule. For instance, certain gifts and inheritances received by one spouse during a marriage often remain separate property and so remain in the sole possession of the original owner. The… Read More »


Operating the Family Business After Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Going through a divorce raises a host of issues that couples must deal with before their marriage can officially be dissolved. These issues range from how assets will be divided and how parental responsibilities will be shared to who will retain the family home and whether one party will receive spousal support. Juggling these… Read More »


Who Gets the Family Pet in a Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although many states have passed legislation that specifically applies to pet custody during divorce, the Florida Legislature has not done so. This means that under the law, pets are still considered to be property, which means that, like the rest of a couple’s marital assets, they are also subject to equitable division. Fortunately, couples… Read More »


Evaluative Mediators

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When a couple is committed to mediation, they are often able to resolve divorce-related issues much more quickly and at a lower cost to everyone involved than if they had litigated the case in court. There are, however, a number of different kinds of mediation available to the parties to a divorce, one of… Read More »


Developing a Successful Co-Parenting Relationship

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Co-parenting arrangements are considered to be some of the most successful and effective child custody agreements into which a couple can enter, as they provide equal access to the parties’ children. Co-parenting also requires the parties to focus on communication and working together, which can help make a child’s transition to post-divorce life easier…. Read More »


Filing for Divorce when Your Spouse Lives in Another State

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although most people associate divorce with stress, confusion, and even conflict, these are not the only complicated issues that couples face when dissolving their marriage. In addition to these hurdles, the parties must also comply with the strict procedural requirements that dictate what steps must be taken before a divorce will be granted. Many… Read More »


The Role of Parenting Coordinators

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many couples are able to resolve their differences amicably during the divorce process. However, when this is not possible, some couples use alternative dispute resolution, which can help the parties de-escalate their differences. In fact, in many cases, couples with children can ask a parenting coordinator to oversee the proceedings. To learn more about… Read More »


Short-Term Marriages and Permanent Alimony

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, permanent alimony is usually only awarded when the marriage being dissolved lasted for at least a moderate length of time and there is convincing evidence that the award is appropriate. Fortunately, there is an exception for those whose marriages were short-term, although it can still be difficult to receive permanent alimony… Read More »


Filing a Child Support-Related Civil Contempt Motion

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When someone is ordered to pay child support in Florida, but fails to fulfill that obligation, he or she could be held in contempt of court, which can result in jail time and expensive fines. Filing a motion for civil contempt is one way that parties who are not receiving child support from an… Read More »


Child Custody Options

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

All families are different, so no single custody arrangement is appropriate in all cases. Instead, families should attempt to come to an arrangement that best serves the needs of their children. If you need help coming to your own out-of-court custody agreement, you should consider contacting an experienced child custody lawyer who can explain… Read More »

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