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Tips for Dealing with Divorce During the Holidays

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Despite all the hoopla about the joy of the holidays, they can be incredibly stressful if your family unit is not intact. A divorce will definitely do that. You will not see marriage and children through the same lens as before, and the holidays bring out the difficulties emotionally and logistically. If your children… Read More »

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Helpful Tips for Working Divorced Single Parents

By Crystal C. Spencer |

In the 1950s, the nuclear family consisted of mom and dad, their children, Dick and Jane, and their pets. Few families today bear any resemblance to those of seventy years ago. Today, nearly 24 million kids live in a family with only one parent, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Some parents choose… Read More »

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Adopted Children Might Need Extra Support During a Florida Divorce

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Planning for a family might include adopting children if biological children are not possible. No matter how many children or where they come from, your plans for the perfect family fall apart when a divorce is looming. In that case, treating adopted children like biological children is essential. They are likely sensitive to the… Read More »

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Can I Move Out of the Area with My Child after a Florida Divorce?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Moving a child out of state after your Florida divorce is not a simple thing. You must consider the ex-partner who is still an equal parent to the child. Your divorce did not change that fact. Even if you are the custodial parent and must relocate for a job, a Florida judge will balance… Read More »

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Dealing with Cryptocurrency During a Divorce 

By Crystal C. Spencer |

A Florida couple can expect that their assets will be divided during a divorce. The guideline in Florida is a fair and equitable division, unlike other states where¬† community property means everything is divided in half to distribute to each spouse.  In our changing technological world, a question needs to be addressed – what… Read More »

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How Inheritances Impact Alimony Payments

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Inherited wealth is usually given to one individual with the intention that it stays with that individual. This can be accomplished through a prenuptial agreement or a family trust, keeping the inherited monies out of a joint account and, therefore, away from the soon-to-be ex-spouse. If a divorcing couple has assets or is expected… Read More »

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How Are Digital Assets Divided During a Florida Divorce?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

A divorce means dividing homes, dividing lives, and dividing assets. We all understand things of value, including real estate, bank accounts, property, cars, art, pensions, and investment funds. But as the world has gone online, there is a full array of valuables you may not have considered. They are digital assets, but they may… Read More »

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Does Child Support Cover Your Kid’s Extracurricular Activities?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Raising children is expensive enough considering the cost of food and housing. On top of that, extracurricular activities for children seem to grow as the kids do. Sports fees, music, and dance lessons, band, equipment, travel on the weekend to competitions, horseback riding, scouts, it all adds up. How does Florida view these activities… Read More »

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How Mediation Differs from Litigation During a Florida Divorce

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Mediation is an alternative to a trial that is often used for a more peaceable dissolution of a marriage. Mediation may not be appropriate for every case, but if it works for your situation, it can be a way to negotiate your issues and concerns with the help of a neutral third party to… Read More »

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Are Mothers More Likely to Get Child Custody During a Florida Divorce?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

The laws in Florida have changed in recent years concerning divorce and custody of children. Traditionally, Florida family courts relied on the “tender years” doctrine that favored the mother in considering child custody. It was assumed the mother was better to fill the role as the primary caregiver during a child’s early years, that… Read More »

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