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Do Children Have a Say in the Custody Conversation in Florida?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

The issue of who ends up with the kids after a divorce if often the source of dispute among parents. Emotions can run high, and there can be heated disagreements about child custody. In Florida, “child custody” has been replaced with terms such as “parental responsibility” and “time sharing”. Parenting responsibility is the decision-making… Read More »

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Spousal Support Tax Deduction Ending Soon

By Crystal C. Spencer |

  Spousal support, also commonly referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance, is a payment from one spouse to another that is either ordered by the court or agreed upon between both parties as part of a final divorce settlement. Spousal support is not ordered or agreed upon in all cases, and the amount… Read More »

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What is a QDRO?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Retirement accounts are individual in nature, and there is only one name listed on them. This is why during a divorce, many spouses mistakenly believe their IRAs, 401Ks, and other types of retirement accounts are not part of the marital estate. In actuality, they are considered marital property, and they are included in the… Read More »

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Do Divorce Rates Increase in the Summer?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

According to a 2016 research study conducted by a sociology professor at the University of Washington, more couples file for divorce in March and August than any other months of the year. With August upon us, you may find yourself in that position as well. Although the study didn’t set out to determine seasonal… Read More »

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Can I Modify My Divorce Decree?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Even though your divorce seems final, there are certain circumstances that might allow you to change aspects of your divorce decree in Florida. When you experience dramatic life-changing events, it may be necessary to request this change. It might be tempting to do this informally by trying to work out an agreement with your… Read More »

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How Do Assets Get Divided in a Divorce?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

If you are going through a divorce in Florida or thinking about it, you might have questions about the division of assets and liabilities. Like most things related to divorce, it may be possible for the parties to come to an agreement regarding the division of marital assets, but this doesn’t always happen. Divorce… Read More »

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How Does My Divorce Effect My Taxes?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

There’s a lot to like about April in Florida, including the weather, clear skies, plenty of sun, and all the other joys of spring. But one thing that most adults in Florida aren’t excited about when April rolls around is the fact that mid-April is tax time. The idea of filing and paying taxes is unpleasant,… Read More »

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What Do I Do If My Spouse Violates a Restraining Order or Temporary Injunction?

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Being fearful of one’s spouse is an unsettling thought, yet a reality that thousands of women and men across the United States deal with daily. If a spouse is abusive or the threat of harm is present, an individual in Florida can seek a protective order or temporary injunction (also known as a restraining… Read More »

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What Are Grounds For Divorce in Florida

By Crystal C. Spencer |

Florida is the Sunshine State, though not all marriages in the state are filled with  warmth. If you feel that the sun is beginning to set on your marriage you may decide it’s time to think about filing for a divorce. What are the Grounds for Divorce in Florida? When it comes to divorce,… Read More »

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How To Get A Divorce in Florida

By Crystal C. Spencer |

By the time you’ve come to the difficult decision of getting a divorce, the last thing you want to think about is navigating the state’s potentially expensive and complicated process. Getting a divorce in Florida isn’t always a hassle, but the state’s rules make the procedure confusing. How you start the divorce process in… Read More »

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