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Is My Pension at Risk?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When many people think of dividing assets during divorce, they imagine splitting up bank account funds, personal possessions, and possibly the family home. While these kinds of assets do generally need to be divided and distributed upon divorce, the fate of some lesser known assets must also be addressed. Pensions, in particular, are an… Read More »

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Undoing a Mediated Settlement Agreement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Mediation has become an increasingly popular choice for many divorcing couples who want to avoid the cost and stress of litigation. Whether mediation is entered into voluntarily or as a result of a judge’s court order, the negotiation process remains the same and is overseen by a neutral third party who attempts to help… Read More »

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Why it is Important to Establish Paternity

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, when a couple is married, any children born during that union are presumed to be the biological offspring of the mother’s husband. The issue of establishing paternity becomes much more difficult, however, when a child’s parents are not married. In these cases, the alleged father must go through a series of… Read More »

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Planning a Summer Vacation After Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Vacations are an important way for families to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus instead on bonding with each other. This continues to be true even after divorce, although planning a vacation may become more difficult, especially if there are scheduling conflicts, which are perhaps the greatest hurdle… Read More »

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Are There Limits to What I Can Put in My Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements remain one of the best ways for couples to ensure that their property and assets are distributed properly and fairly in the event of a divorce. While these agreements allow the parties to include details about how specific assets will be handled upon divorce, there are certain things that cannot… Read More »

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The Importance of Obtaining an Accurate Home Appraisal During Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Couples who decide to dissolve their marriages must grapple with a host of issues upon divorce, including how their marital assets will be divided. While splitting up the contents of bank accounts or personal possessions can be a relatively simple process, deciding who will retain the family home is almost always more difficult. In… Read More »

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Who Gets the Engagement Ring After Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While many couples agree that a former spouse can keep an engagement ring, even after divorce, it is also not uncommon, especially in short-lived marriages, for the spouse who purchased the ring to ask for it back. This is usually an uphill battle, as courts generally consider engagement rings to be a gift that… Read More »

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Protecting Business Assets Before Marriage

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While most people don’t enter into marriage expecting to get divorced, the reality is that this is the fate of almost 50 percent of marriages in the U.S. For this reason, couples who are on the verge of marriage are encouraged to take certain steps to protect their finances in the event of divorce,… Read More »

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How Parenting Plans Can Protect Your Child’s Best Interests

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, family law courts will not grant a divorce to a couple with children until a parenting plan has been put in place. These plans, which include arrangements for parenting time and decision making, are intended to encourage frequent and continuing contact between parents and their children, especially after the divorce is finalized…. Read More »

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Can I Relocate with My Child After Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Once a couple divorces, major life changes, like starting a new job or relocating, become much more difficult, especially if children are involved. Courts are primarily interested in the best interests of a couple’s children, so even if one parent has been offered a much better job in another city or out of state,… Read More »

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