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Is it harder to get a divorce during the COVID-19 pandemic? 

Despite the coronavirus and the restrictions it has brought to all aspects of life, in Florida, while the courts are physically closed to the public for the most part, they have in large part moved legal proceedings into virtual space. For Floridians who would like to get divorced during this challenging time, divorce proceedings are still taking place remotely via telephone or video conferencing using platforms like Zoom.

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best parent of them all?”

What can you do to win a custody battle with a narcissist?

If you are married to a narcissist and face divorce, their personality disorder is likely to have had major impact on why the marriage did not work out. Narcissists focus mainly on themselves at the expense of others, putting their own needs first and often lacking empathy for others. Such a person may be controlling and manipulative, creating a family life that is exhausting and bewildering for everyone.

How much benefit is there for a pension survivor beneficiary really?

Whether Florida ex-spouses are entitled to benefit from salary and cost-of-living increases to their ex’s pension post-filing

One of the most important decisions in divorce is the division of marital property – and one of the more complex parts of that decision concerns pension division.

The consternation of reformation

What it takes to reform marital agreements in Florida

Couples in Florida enter into marital agreements for a variety of reasons. So long as the parties satisfy the legal requirements for creating a valid marital agreement - a prenuptial agreement in anticipation of marriage or an antenuptial agreement entered into during marriage - the agreement is binding between the parties like any other contract.

The end of timesharing as we know it?

A conflict in Florida courts on requiring the steps for reestablishment of timesharing

Florida’s District Courts of Appeal disagree on an important legal issue for parents of minor children with timesharing arrangements – whether the parents are divorced or separated or were never married – concerning modification of timesharing arrangements, historically called visitation schedules.

I’m not supposed to tell.

Modifying timesharing to prevent the exposure of minor children to domestic violence in Florida

At the time of your divorce, you may have been comfortable with the custody and timesharing arrangements you either negotiated with your now ex-spouse or that the judge crafted in the divorce proceeding. But now, your children are telling you about violence or abuse they observed at their other parent’s home. What can you do to protect your kids from exposure to unsafe, frightening behavior that could harm them psychologically and potentially even physically?

Interception! Lost your stimulus check to child support?

Could there be a flag on that play?

One way the federal government collects late or defaulted debts like past-due taxes or missed student loan payments that Americans owe the government is by seizing debtors’ federal tax refunds to repay itself, rather than sending out those refunds to the intended taxpayers. This process is an “administrative offset.”

“I just can’t afford it.”

Options available to Florida alimony payors in times of financial uncertainty and unrest 

At this time of personal and economic uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Floridians impacted by job loss or income reduction may find themselves unable to pay alimony obligations to ex-spouses. Or, an alimony payor could become unable to work if they suffer illness from the new coronavirus.

“The cold plunge”

What happens when passive investments depreciate in value after a Florida divorce filing 

Sometimes it takes a while to get divorced. While the legal proceeding is open and pending, economic and financial problems in the markets beyond the control of either party can have negative impact on the value of marital assets subject to division between the divorcing spouses. A passive depreciation – meaning that neither party had any control over or effect on market forces – in the value of an asset such as stock or real estate could make a division of marital property unfair if based on the value before the depreciation.

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