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Young babies and visitation schedules

If you share custody of your infant, it is important that you consider how their age affects their needs. Young babies need consistency and to establish bonds with both of their parents when this is possible. Therefore, it is important that you work with the other parent as much as you can in order to establish a good schedule that puts the baby first.

If you have questions about the best way to raise your young infant as a co-parent, it is a good idea to conduct thorough research and learn more about the different co-parenting styles that are possible. There is no one "right way" to co-parent with your ex. By learning about the pros and cons of various co-parenting methods, you can make the best decision for your situation.

Dividing retirement accounts in the divorce process

When a married couple goes through the process of divorce, they will not only have to divide emotional aspects of the marriage, such as time with their children, but they will also have to split up all financial accounts in some way. This is one of the most stressful aspects of the divorce process for many, especially for people who are in a high-asset marriage.

It is very common for couples to seek legal proceedings in order to fight for assets such as retirement accounts. This is because retirement accounts can provide income for the rest of a person's life, and because divorcing people are generally very protective about the retirement account that they built during their working life. It is important that divorcing spouses learn as much as they can about how the law works when it comes to retirement accounts and asset division so that they can know what to expect.

Filing for child custody as a member of the military

It can be hard enough to balance work and family life as a person with a regular "9 to 5" employment. But if you are a member of the military, it can be even more challenging to establish a routine as a parent, especially when you are separated.

This is why as a member of the military it is important that you take into account additional factors when filing for custody. Every responsible and loving parent has the right to a strong relationship with their child, and a child benefits from having regular quality time with each parent. By planning ahead, you can manage some of the challenges relating to child custody as a member of the military.

These factors need to be considered when divorcing after 60

More than ever, couples are staying married while they are raising their children and then deciding to separate after those children are grown and out of the house. Retirement is often a catalyst for divorce as well, since many people realize that they want to spend their retirement years in a different way than their spouse does.

While divorcing after the age of 60 can be a very positive thing for both spouses, it is important that certain considerations are taken into account so that there are no financial surprises in the process.

Social media sleuthing – signs your spouse is hiding assets

Your divorce is finally over, but you felt shocked and infuriated to receive a court order for far less than you expected in child support and alimony. You also knew there were assets your ex didn’t report to the court, leading to an unfair division of property. Nothing can be more frustrating than getting the short end of the stick. Unfortunately, people in Florida and elsewhere regularly hide assets during their divorce proceedings.

As we’ve discussed previously in this blog, hiding assets is illegal, but it can also be difficult to prove. There are ways that your spouse might be concealing assets, ranging from diverting funds to a hidden bank account to “giving” property to a friend until the divorce is final. Naturally, you would want to uncover your spouse’s dishonesty. With social media being prevalent in nearly every aspect of people’s lives today, this platform can provide valuable clues that your ex wasn’t truthful to the judge, including the following:

  • Your ex has posted photos and status updates on Facebook alluding to a lavish purchase or a luxury vacation.
  • Photos on your ex’s Instagram account show him sporting designer clothing or enjoying a new car or boat.
  • Your ex frequently “checks in” online at expensive restaurants.
  • Your ex’s LinkedIn account shows he has a more prestigious and higher-paying position than he reported to the court.

What's the best parenting style for co-parents?

There is much debate on what the best parenting style is for helping children to be happy, successful and thrive. Every child is different, and it can be argued that parenting styles should be able to adapt to the unique preferences and needs of the child in question.

When you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent of your child, it is especially important to make sure that you are on the same page when it comes to your parenting style. Whatever parenting style you choose, it's vital that consistency is in place, otherwise the child will feel confused and unsure of the consequences of different actions.

Uncovering hidden assets in your Florida divorce

When you file for a divorce, it is likely that you are doing so because of toxicity and hostile behavior in your relationship. While the filing will be a way to get a fresh start and move on with your life, unfortunately the initial weeks and months after the filing will likely bring with it additional hostile behavior from your divorcing spouse.

A common activity that divorcing spouses engage in is the act of hiding assets during a divorce so that they are able to keep an unfair share of the assets after the divorce has been finalized. If you are in a high asset marriage, you should be particularly aware of this and make sure that you have taken necessary precautions, as well as knowing how to uncover hidden assets.

Figuring out where to live after a divorce

If you are going through a divorce or separation and children are involved, it is likely that it means that you and your former partner need to work together to figure out how you will co-parent in the future. If one or neither of you is from the state in which you currently reside, one of you may express the desire to relocate. However. relocating can have a big impact on child visitation, and it can have an impact on the relationship that you have with your former partner.

If you or the parent of your child is considering relocating from the state of Florida or to another city within the state, it is important to learn about where child custody law stands in regard to relocation matters.

Creating a parenting agreement with your ex-spouse

When you have separated from the other parent of your child, it is likely that you will struggle to see eye-to-eye when it comes to deciding what is the best solution for your child. It is important that you try to separate relationship-specific issues with things that are actually relevant to the custody of your child. In this way, you can put your own differences aside for the benefit of your child or children.

An agreement regarding child custody can either be done out of court with the help of services such as collaborative law or mediation. Alternatively, both parents can go to the child custody court where the judge can assess what they believe to be in the best interests of the child.

How military pensions are divided in a divorce

Going through a divorce as a person in the military services should in theory be no different from any other divorce. However, since service members do face active duty and are subject to benefits such as military pensions, there are additional things that should be taken into account.

Therefore, one of the most defining differences in regard to a military divorce versus a civilian divorce is the complexity and process surrounding asset division. That said, asset division will still be subject to state laws.

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