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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 »

Does the Court Split Everything 50/50 in Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Florida courts split assets equitably in divorce, first distinguishing between marital and non-marital property. In doing so, courts try to distribute assets equally, unless there is good reason not to. Factors Judge Considers A Florida judge will consider many factors in deciding how to split a couple’s assets in divorce, including but not limited… Read More »

Dealing with Marital Debt during Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In addition to couples having to deal with property division when they are going through a divorce, division of marital debt is yet another issue that they must either agree upon or have a court decide on for them. Similarly to the division of property and assets, Florida courts will split up marital debt… Read More »

How Does Being Unmarried Change My Legal Obligations and Rights?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although a child’s parents are obligated to financially support that child (regardless of whether they are married or not), unmarried parents do not share in some of the automatic legal protection that comes with marriage. If you are an unmarried parent, it is crucial to understand both your rights and obligations, as sometimes people… Read More »

Child Visitation Rights in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Having to deal with a child custody dispute is never easy. When these issues are also coupled with all of the emotional turmoil that goes along with divorce, it makes taking care of yourself and your loved ones even more difficult. During these times, it is crucial to educate yourself about state child visitation… Read More »

Dealing With Relocation in Shared Custody Cases

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Child custody situations and working out arrangements regarding child visitation, time-sharing, and shared responsibilities is already difficult enough without having to go back to court to deal with relocation issues. If the move is beyond a certain distance, depending upon your particular time-sharing schedule, it could potentially decrease the amount of time one parent… Read More »

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