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Important Issues to Address in Your Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Dividing time between two different households following a divorce can require a significant adjustment for parents, as well as their children. This transition can be made much simpler through the creation of a detailed parenting plan. Although parenting plans can address any number of childcare-related issues, there are a few important matters that should… Read More »

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Shared Parental Responsibility in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Florida couples who share children and who decide to separate or dissolve their marriages are required to submit a parenting plan to the court before a custody award or divorce will be finalized. Parenting plans govern time-sharing and the division of parental responsibility, two different, but equally important custody matters, as the former refers… Read More »

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Enforcing Property Awards After Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Concluding a divorce proceeding ultimately results in the issuance of a final judgment, or legal order, that covers matters related to property division, alimony, and child custody if applicable. When it comes to property division, most divorce decrees direct the parties to follow specific procedures regarding property transfers. These judgements are court orders, so… Read More »

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Modifying a Custody Plan for the Holidays

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

With the holidays just around the corner, many families are beginning to plan trips, request time off from work, or coordinate travel plans with loved ones. These tasks can become much more difficult when a parent’s plans or circumstances change, requiring the last minute modification of a child custody arrangement. Official modifications can be… Read More »

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Creating a “Baby Prenup”

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Most people are familiar with prenuptial agreements, or contracts entered into before a couple gets married and that dictate how assets will be divided in the event of divorce. A recent development, however, has taken this decades old practice and turned it into a means of clarifying parental rights and responsibilities. Colloquially known as… Read More »

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Alternatives to Traditional Alimony

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Recent changes to the federal tax code have had a significant effect on how alimony payments are handled during divorce, as former spouses who make spousal maintenance payments no longer qualify for a tax deduction. Furthermore, alimony recipients must now pay income taxes on all payments that they receive from a former spouse. Both… Read More »

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Calculating Income for Alimony and Child Support Purposes

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most important factors that courts assess when setting alimony and child support awards is both parties’ incomes. Although wages and salaries may come to mind first when considering what qualifies as income, these are not the only sources of funds that the courts treat as income. For this reason, divorcing couples… Read More »

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When Can a Child Testify in a Florida Divorce Case?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Most Florida courts frown on attempts to involve children in divorce litigation. This includes a general prohibition against requiring a child to testify in a deposition or on the stand. It is possible, however, for a child to testify in court in certain situations, but only if specific requirements are met. To learn more… Read More »

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What Can I do to Reduce the Cost of Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Ending a marriage is a complicated process that requires couples to contend with a wide range of complex issues. Unfortunately, resolving these issues can be both time-consuming and expensive, which often adds to the stresses of divorce. There are, however, a few steps that couples can take to reduce the cost of marital separation,… Read More »

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Why You Should Consider Including Natural Disaster-Related Custody Provisions in Your Parenting Plan

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

As Florida makes its way firmly into hurricane season, residents across the state are reassessing their emergency plans, stocking up on supplies, and boarding up their homes. Parents who share custody of their children, in addition to taking these steps, may also want to reassess their parenting plans and visitation arrangements to ensure that… Read More »

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