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Have you and your spouse considered collaborative divorce?

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may dread the thought of a bitter court battle. However, litigation is not always necessary. There are other options to think about, one of which is a collaborative divorce. Would this be the best approach for you?

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Tips for navigating social media during divorce

When going through a divorce, you need to be careful about what you post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Some tips relate to good etiquette, such as posting details about the divorce onto Facebook before you tell your family members about it in person. Other tips are useful because the wrong move on social media can actually impact the proceedings. 

Your ex-spouse's attorney can bring social media posts to court to affect alimony payments and child custody. The best rule of thumb to follow during this time is to not post anything. Do not post pictures of your recently purchased a new car. You also do not want to post pictures about how you go partying every other weekend when the kids are with your ex. Social media has become a minefield when it comes to divorce, so you are better off avoiding it completely. 

Is my spouse hiding assets during our divorce?

The division of marital assets is one of the most contentious topics to come up during a divorce. This is especially true if you have significant assets or own a business. You and your spouse must fully and honestly disclose your assets to the court, so they can be divided fairly. However, what if your spouse is not being truly honest and is attempting to come across as having much less money than he or she has? You and other Florida residents going through a divorce may worry that you will end up with an unfair division of property or less alimony and child support than you should be getting.

The fact that it is a crime to knowingly conceal assets does not deter many people from trying it. The following points illustrate some of the common ways in which your spouse might try to hide assets from you and the court:

  • Drain the bank account and transfer the funds to a separate account you do not know about
  • Get cash back when making regular purchases on a debit card, such as while grocery shopping, and hide the money
  • Have a friend hold onto the assets until the divorce is final, which may technically not be marital property if the friend “owns” the assets, even temporarily
  • Delay accepting a raise or promotion at work until the divorce is final, as well as delaying receipt of a commission or bonus
  • Check the option to save this year’s tax refund for next year’s tax and receive a larger tax return, which you will not have access to after the divorce
  • Charge vacations and expensive items to the company’s account instead of his or her personal account

Should a divorcing couple continue to live together?

When it comes to divorce, Florida has one of the largest rates in the country. Panama City, Deltona and Palm Bay had some of the largest populations of divorced people in the United States according to data from 2010. 

There are many things to sort out during the actual divorce process. While one would assume one of those things would be for one spouse to make other living accommodations, many couples decide to share a living space until the divorce is final. Every situation is different, and a divorcing couple really needs to weigh the pros and cons of such an arrangement before agreeing to it. 

What to do before filing for divorce

Divorce is a common legal issue married couples of all ages may have to face. An article in the Miami Herald states that the divorce rate for American citizens over the age of 50 has nearly doubled since 1990. 

When the end of a marriage seems imminent, it is tempting for one spouse to simply pull the trigger and file for divorce. However, it can be more prudent to wait a little bit to ensure all affairs are in order. Taking plenty of time to plan the divorce out can help greatly going forward. 

Best interests of the child: What does it mean?

If you are going through a child custody matter in Florida, it’s likely you’ve heard the term “best interests of the child” many times. In Florida, the courts will determine or approve a parenting time plan that is in the best interests of the child or children involved. But isn’t “best interests” a bit subjective?

As a mother, you probably have your own idea of what is in the best interests of your own child or children – and rightfully so. However, it’s possible that your ex disagrees. So, what happens then?

The beginning of the end: splitting assets in Florida

The sun doesn't always shine in Florida, nor does it always shine on a married couple. If the dark clouds of divorce are starting to block out the light on your marriage, you may have concerns about what's going to happen to everything for which you've worked so hard, especially in a high asset divorce.

3 mistakes to avoid during high-asset divorce

When your marital estate falls into the high-asset category, your divorce process could prove more complicated than for those individuals with a lower-worth estate. Because you have likely worked hard to achieve your wealth, you probably do not want to have needless mistakes during your divorce leave you with less than the property to which you are entitled. 

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