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The holidays can be a difficult time for people who have recently gone through a divorce. This is especially true if you have young children. One of the most challenging items to navigate during the holidays, especially if it is your first post-divorce holiday season, will be how to share parenting time.
Nothing about a divorce is easy. It can be a stressful, traumatic time for all parties involved. Often, decisions regarding how to share child custody or how to fairly split up property and assets can become contentious. If you have a pet, deciding who gets to keep your furry friend can often be just as hotly contested as these other issues.
For divorcing couples with young children, child support will be one of the most important issues you will need to address during the divorce. Fortunately, the state of Florida has enacted a series of laws to govern the process of determining child support.
There are many difficult decisions that must be made during a divorce. One of these involves who will stay in the family home while your case is being resolved. This issue can often be contentious since your home is much more than a financial asset – it’s also an important source of your emotional stability.
Traditionally, mothers typically received primary custody of children after a divorce. In many instances, fathers would only get to see their kids every other weekend. This would leave many fathers in the difficult position of trying to maintain a meaningful relationship with their children as a part-time parent.
An uncontested divorce refers to situations where both spouses can agree on all of the major issues to be resolved and therefore don’t need to settle their case in court. While this situation is much more desirable, it’s not always possible to work out your issues amicably. In those situations, you may need to undergo a contested divorce that gets settled in court.
People obtaining a divorce in 2018 will not see issues of alimony being impacted by the 2017 Tax Reform Bill. For those individuals, the existing rules regarding alimony – that it is deductible by the person paying the alimony and taxable as income to the person receiving the alimony – remain in effect through the end of 2018.
Going through a divorce can be a complicated process, especially if you have a sizeable amount of assets and/or young children. By doing some initial planning, you can help ensure our lawyers have all of the information necessary to craft the best possible divorce agreement to reflect your needs.
We've prepared the following infographic to help educate you regarding the types of information to compile and organize prior to your consultation. This will facilitate the process and get you on the way to starting the next chapter of your life.