When you are a custodian of a child, the responsibilities go far beyond the simple visitations that you have with your child. You, of course, have the duty to love, protect, and help them grow up to be responsible adults. With these responsibilities, you will have to take them for medical consultations from time to time.
Divorce settlements are usually looked at as a final statement, set in stone, that can be brushed aside and never looked at again. Although many divorcees would rather move on with their lives and never have to think about the stress and unsettlement that going through a divorce can bring, the reality is that on occasion a divorce settlement should be reconsidered, because some of the terms are not working for one of the individuals.
Either receiving or paying alimony can be a very complex when it comes to how it relates to taxes. It is important to make sure you know what is tax deductible and what you are likely to owe. If you are receiving alimony, this should be taxed as alimony. Similarly, if you are paying alimony, you should deduct this from your income tax since your former spouse will be paying the tax owed on receipt of the alimony.
It extremely common for a spouse to be unhappy with the judge's divorce ruling. When this is the case, you always have the right to appeal, but you may wonder whether it is the right thing to do and whether an appeal will be worth your trouble.
When going through a divorce or establishing co-parenting routines, getting clarity around visitation schedules is vital. This blog will give a brief overview on the types of visitation schedules and what they mean.
If your ex-spouse has lost his or her job, does it mean that he or she will be able to pay less child support?
If you're not happy with the decision made in your divorce case, you might be able to appeal the decision -- but only if the ruling was clearly unlawful. It's important to keep in mind that appeals courts only rarely overturn a family law judge's decision following a divorce ruling.
Most parents choose to settle their child custody matters in out-of-court agreements. Such an outcome is preferable because, although the parents may need to reach a compromise, they remain in control of the result. When a case goes to trial, on the other hand, a family court judge will make the decision, and the outcome isn't predictable with full accuracy. Sometimes the result is not even appropriate under the law.
At Mercedes R. Wechsler, PA, one of our jobs as family law attorneys is to balance client expectations of what is fair with the cold hard reality of the law. The thing is, Florida's laws were created to be "fair," so if you don't think the judge made an appropriate ruling, there's a chance you might be correct.
Could money from a civil suit be considered joint marital property during divorce? That is what one appeals court is currently considering after an inmate received a massive settlement for wrongful incarceration. The man, who had been imprisoned for 20 years on a rape and murder charge, received a $20 million settlement for his wrongful conviction. Now, his wife wants a piece of the pie in their divorce proceedings.