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How to Protect Your Separate Property During Marriage

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When Florida couples divorce they are required to divide their marital assets in a fair and reasonable manner, but are permitted to retain their separate assets. It is also possible, however, for assets that initially qualified as separate property to become marital assets during the course of a marriage, in which case, the original… Read More »

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Emergency Custody Petitions

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although they may not be as common as other types of custody arrangements, some Florida families do require the assistance of an attorney when attempting to obtain emergency custody of a couple’s children. There are a number of different terms that can be used to describe the process of obtaining an emergency custody order,… Read More »

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How to Spot Hidden Income and Assets

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although many divorcing couples take great care when disclosing their finances to each other, including their assets and income, a surprising number fail to do so, leaving the wronged party with an unfair property settlement agreement or alimony award. Fortunately, it is possible to uncover hidden assets and income before the court finalizes a… Read More »

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Co-Parenting Tips for the Coming School Year

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Balancing employment, with paying bills, maintaining a household, and raising a child can be challenging on its own, but attempting to co-parent with your former partner can make these situations even more difficult, especially during the school year. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that parents can take to make this process easier,… Read More »

Upcoming Changes to Alimony Law in 2016

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Upon choosing to divorce, many couples immediately consider the possibility of an alimony award decided by the court. To be sure, while alimony may not be automatically awarded, a higher-earning spouse could be directed to provide compensation to his or her spouse for a specific period of time, depending on a number of specifics…. 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 »

Modifying Child Support Payments

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Child support payments are based, in large part, on parents’ incomes; but what happens if circumstances change, and salaries are increased, reduced, or a parent loses their job? Florida law does not expect a parent to continue to make the same child support payments if their financial circumstances have changed, but in order to… Read More »

Paternity Rights in Florida Adoption Proceedings

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Paternity proceedings provide rights and benefits to a child’s mother, father, and the child as well. Some of these benefits include child support, birth certificate information, potential insurance benefits, medical history information, etc. They also protect important custody and visitation rights. The Paternity Process If the mother is married, the law assumes the father… Read More »

Important Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Choosing the right attorney — while you are going through a process as difficult as divorce — is crucial. It is important to do the research and ensure that you have selected someone who is qualified to work on your case, particularly if you are dealing with complicated financial and/or child custody issues. There… Read More »

Science Shows: Practice Kindness in Family Issues

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The latest published research on relationships indicates that those that last work primarily due to two qualities: kindness and generosity. In the event that a family is going through issues – divorce, separation, child custody issues, etc. – it is important to remember that there are ways to work through differences with our loved… Read More »

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