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You may be able to avoid paying long-term alimony

Monthly alimony payment programs may be good for one person in a divorce while hindering the other. They can be frustrating, and they may make it difficult to put your past behind you. If you want to avoid monthly payments, there are some other solutions you can consider.

Your attorney can help walk you through various options for paying alimony or creating a settlement where you don't have to cover alimony. For instance, shifting some assets to cover the value of alimony might be an option.

You can decide on your own parenting arrangements

Determining how your child is going to live after a divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions you make. One of the things you'll need to decide on is the type of custody arrangement you want to have and where your child will live most of the time. For instance, if you and your partner don't get along, can you work together to co-parent, or will you or him or her be trying to obtain primary custody?

In most situations, it's normal for both parents to share the responsibility of their child or children together. They both make decisions about their child's care, education and upbringing. If one parent is unfit to do this, then you can seek sole custody of your child and the sole right to make those decisions for his or her well-being.

Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from husband

Living with someone who doesn't appreciate you, ruins your finances or takes advantage of your situation isn't something that's easy to do. Many marriages break down over the lack of financial discipline some spouses show. That's what is behind this divorce, according to the news.

Lisa Marie Presley has filed for divorce from her husband after alleging that he mismanaged her money, landing her in hot water with a credit card company that filed a lawsuit asking for $109,000 in charges.

What documents should you keep regarding alimony payments?

When you're planning to seek alimony, there are some documents that you should keep for the courts. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is not a requirement of divorce, so it's important to have the documents you need to prove that you require spousal support following the end of your marriage.

Alimony tends to be ordered in cases where one spouse earned significantly less than the other in a long marriage or when one stays home to take care of children or the home without bringing in an income. It can be hard to rejoin the workforce after years outside it, and your potential earnings may fall; that's why alimony is important for those individuals.

7 reasons a divorce can cost less if you do it now

You may be putting off getting a divorce for fear of the expenses it could raise, but there are some reasons you shouldn't delay. Is the thought of the cost of a divorce worth the expense of staying in a toxic or unhappy marriage?

There are seven ways to know if you should get a divorce instead of putting it off. One is if there is no chance of reconciliation. If your marriage won't be saved, then staying longer will only entwine your finances further. Another is that each year, your divorce could become more expensive; you may end up paying more in alimony the longer you're married, for instance.

Common reasons for invalidating prenuptial agreements

Signing a prenuptial agreement before you get married can be a good move; it protects you and your spouse against debts and other concerns. However, if you don't create the prenuptial agreement correctly or you include invalid items, then the entire agreement could be thrown out in court in the case of your divorce. Here are a few things you should avoid doing to make sure your prenuptial agreement is valid.

First, remember that both parties need to be represented by a different attorney before signing the agreement. Each person needs to fully understand the agreement and sign voluntarily; having a personal attorney will help prove that neither client was under duress at the time of signing and that both understood the terms of the agreement.

The reasons you should hire a divorce attorney from the start

When you have a high net worth, the last thing you really want to face is a divorce that could tear apart your finances. You're in a position where you've built up your credit, reputation and finances, and you don't want this to end up causing you a major loss.

Whenever you face a divorce, hiring your divorce attorney is the first step. Even contemplating divorce gives you enough reason to do so; you need to understand what will happen if you file for a divorce, how much of your property will be considered to be community property and what to do if you think your spouse is going to try to get more than his or her fair share.

Mother searching for 9-year-old believes she was kidnapped

Parental kidnapping is a real problem for some families. When one parent is disgruntled after a child custody dispute, it's possible that one parent could take a child and leave town or go to an undisclosed location. That can cause major concerns for the child's safety, and if the parent and child is found, it's likely that the parent will lose some or all visitation rights.

This may or may not be what happened in this case, but regardless, a mother is searching for her child who could be anywhere in the United States or Mexico. She claims it's the father of her child who is responsible for the girl going missing, but others aren't sure.

Alimony and your taxes: Deducting alimony on your return

When you pay alimony, you may have questions about how it will affect your taxes. Will you be taxed on the income you're losing? Will this affect your overall income level? Before you ever pay alimony in a divorce, understanding how you'll be affected in the long term is key to knowing which is a good settlement and which is one that could put you at financial risk.

The good news is, if you're paying alimony, that you can actually write off that money on your taxes. By being able to deduct it, you can eliminate paying taxes on those earnings. Instead, your ex-spouse, the person receiving the alimony, will then be required to pay taxes on that income.

What is shared parenting, and is it the law in Florida?

As a parent, you probably want to make sure that you get to see your child as often as possible after divorce. In many states, it's assumed that parents should share custody, but that's not exactly the case in Florida.

Is shared parenting the law in Florida?