How to Choose the Right Family Lawyer for Your Divorce

How to Choose the Right Family Lawyer for Your Divorce

How to Choose a Good Divorce Attorney in Florida Lawyers, like everything else in life, come in all forms. Some are good. Others are bad, and a few are excellent. What are the signs of a good lawyer?  You need an excellent lawyer if you want to win your case, but it’s not easy for people unfamiliar with the legal system to separate the wheat from the chaff. This doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a mediocre attorney, though. A little education coupled with the desire to be a good advocate for yourself can help you get what you need. Signs of a Good Lawyer He or she values your time and his or her own time. This may mean encouraging you to get to the point or limiting how frequently he or she responds to emails; a lawyer who endlessly wastes time will not be able to manage his or her time sufficiently well to put up a good fight. He or she promptly returns phone calls or emails within 2-3 business days. Your lawyer tells you about your case’s weaknesses. A lawyer who tells you your case is a “slam dunk” may not have a good understanding of the facts or law. He or she might also be doing anything to Your attorney offers you advice about what you can do now to improve the long-term prospects for your case. This may include telling you that an idea you have is no good or that you need to change the way you interact with your ex. Good family lawyers specialize in family law, not family...

Florida Alimony Rules

Understanding Florida Alimony Rules Two generations ago, it was taken for granted that a woman would likely stay home with her children while a man worked outside the home to support the family. When parents divorced, though, this arrangement could leave women impoverished and destitute. Alimony endeavored to bridge that gap by compensating women for their work inside of the home and enabling them to get back on their feet. Today, alimony is much less common than it was a generation ago, and anyone – male or female – can seek spousal support. If you think you might be eligible for alimony, here’s what you need to know. Florida Alimony Rules are Gender-Neutral Though alimony was once associated with women, both men and women are eligible for spousal support. In colloquial use, “palimony” refers to alimony paid to men. Practically speaking, though, there’s no legal difference between alimony for men and women; courts refer to both as spousal support.  Who Can Get Alimony? Alimony is not automatic. Indeed, it’s increasingly harder to get. Courts will take into account myriad factors when determining whether you’re eligible for alimony. Those factors include: Your ex’s income and ability to pay. Your income and assets, as well as your future earning power. The length of the marriage. Your role in the marriage. For instance, did you give up a lucrative career to raise kids, or work full-time while your spouse attended law school? The length of your marriage. Short marriages are unlikely to result in alimony awards, especially not large awards. Whether you and your spouse have an express or implied agreement to share...
5 Reasons to Consider Shared Custody in Child Custody Battle

5 Reasons to Consider Shared Custody in Child Custody Battle

Divorce lawyers have seen it all, but one common theme in their work with clients is that parents tend to use their children to hurt one another. Florida, like most states, uses a best interests of the child standard to determine child custody, which means that both parents will almost always get some time with the child. Shared custody is increasingly popular, though, and offers numerous benefits to parents and their children. Unless there is a history of abuse or one parent is extraordinarily negligent, we advise parents to consider shared custody for the following reasons. Kids Are Happier Research suggests that children whose parents enter into shared custody arrangements are happier with their lives a few years after the divorce. This might be because, when shared custody enters the scene, it’s much less likely that children will lose their relationship with one parent. Parents Are Happier It’s not just kids who benefit from shared custody! Research has also found that both mothers and fathers report being happier with their custody arrangement if they try shared custody. Happiness can take time, of course. Most parents are a bit resentful of shared custody at first, but five years later, studies show they’re much more satisfied.   You’ll Have More Time Being a parent means perpetually giving up time to be with your child. This can be tough when you’re going through a divorce. You’ll need time to grieve, time to date, perhaps even time to reinvent yourself – or discover yourself for the first time. Shared custody frees you up to enjoy your own life without worrying about your kids...

5 Steps for Business Owners Going Through a Divorce

Going through a divorce is stressful enough without the added hassle of worrying about harming or losing your business. But your business could be up for grabs, particularly if you built it during the marriage or your ex-spouse is a co-owner. If you’re beginning the divorce process and are concerned about your business, here are five steps you need to take now. Know Your Rights Florida uses an equitable division standard to divvy up marital property, which means the judge will divide your business according to what is fair. Before you file, you need to talk to a divorce lawyer who specializes in divorce-related business litigation. This is the best approach for determining the most likely outcome to your case, and can help you offer a reasonable settlement. Determine Your Business’s Value You need to know how much your business is worth, but this determination isn’t always easy. If you’re concerned that your spouse has hidden a portion of the business’s assets or you have not kept good records, a forensic accountant can help you unravel a complex financial trail. In most cases, the court will assess your business’s value based solely upon its assets and liabilities. If your business is partially dependent on your reputation, though, the court may adopt a “goodwill” approach to determine your business’s current and future value. Determine How Your Business Will Be Managed If you and your ex are co-owners of your business, settling your case is the best option. Otherwise it could be left to a court to decide how you manage the daily operations of your business – or even who...

How to Cope With the Pain of Divorce

The pain of sacrificing a relationship you thought would last forever can be truly life-altering. Indeed, divorced people are three times as likely to commit suicide as married people, suggesting that for many, the pain of divorce is unbearable. It might seem hard to believe right now, but the pain will wane with time. Eventually, you’ll no longer miss your spouse or feel jealous when you see him or her with someone else. The time this takes varies, and there’s no “right” way to grieve your divorce. But if you’re struggling to get through the pain, here are some strategies that really can help. Limit Contact It’s not easy to do, but ceasing contact with your ex is the fastest way to feel better. Removing contact removes your opportunities for jealousy, rejection, and disappointment, while clearing your mind to focus on more important matters. If you have kids, you won’t be able to cut of contact altogether, but keep the contact you do have minimal. And remember, no contact also means no Internet stalking. Get off of your ex’s social media page; these pages are designed to make everyone look better than they are, and your ex is no exception. Social media stalking is only going to make you more miserable. Schedule Grief There’s nothing wrong with a good cry, and taking some time to grieve can be cathartic, in addition to getting you back on track more quickly. Rather than falling prey to your emotions, schedule time each day to grieve. Crank up the sad music; close the bedroom door, and feel what you feel. Then get back...