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Getting a divorce after the kids have moved out

Raising children is one of the most difficult and rewarding accomplishments that any parents can make. While many parents do stay together until their kids have left home, the dynamic can change considerably when going from working and raising children to becoming retired and having an empty nest. This is why so many married couples consider divorce around this time.

This shift does not necessarily mean that couples need to divorce; some marriages just need time in order to adjust. Marriage becomes a choice rather than a commitment to raise children together, and it may take some time to reconnect as people as well as spending time to reconnect with yourself.

How virtual visitation can help families

In today's world, relocation is becoming more common than ever. As a result, when parents separate, it is not unheard of for them to move to separate states. This can have severe consequences for the children and how their custody routes are put in place.

However, with recent technology such as video calls and social media sites, it is becoming possible to build relationships and strengthen connections online. This is true for romantic relationships, friendships and even parent-child relationships.

Dividing multiple homes in a Florida divorce

If you have more than one home in Florida and you are considering filing for a divorce, it is understandable that you may become concerned in regard to how your assets might be divided during the process. When it comes to complex asset division such as this, it is important to get familiar on your state's laws regarding the matter. This is because different states have different rules.

In the state of Florida, community property laws are not followed. This means that how property is divided will depend on the specific circumstances, and will be ruled by a judge. The judge will consider several factors in relation to the marriage and the circumstances of the divorce, and these factors will be used to determine who should keep secondary properties after the divorce has been finalized.

Can I prevent the relocation of my child?

After a divorce or separation, it is common for at least one member of the former couple to move away. When children are involved, this situation can become complicated, because it means that the family unit will be separated geographically.

If you are a parent who is worried that the other parent is going to move away, it is important that you take the time to understand the laws of child relocation in the United States and in Florida. Depending on the custody that you have over your child, it may be possible for you to appeal the relocation plans.

3 steps to reentering the workforce after a divorce

Marriage is all about making sacrifices and supporting your partner. In an ideal situation, both partners share this burden equally. Sometimes, however, one spouse makes personal and professional compromises in order to support the career and endeavors of the other. This can be ideal if a couple is planning on starting a family or already has children. It can also be a problem if the couple happens to divorce.

Perhaps this situation sounds familiar and you put your career on hold in order to support your spouse's. If your marriage is coming to an end, how do you reenter the workforce after years away? Your skills may now be outdated, and restarting your career is a daunting prospect. Follow these steps for guidance.

The impact of a military status on families

As a divorcing parent, the profession that you have should never have to influence the custody you have over your children after the divorce has been finalized. However, when you are a member of the military, the duties that you have can potentially impose on your duties as a parent. This is why there may be implications on the custody agreement that is made.

The child custody courts always seek to make a decision based on what will be in the best interests of the child. Therefore, they will always want the child to have strong relationships with both parents as long as they do not pose a risk to the child.

Divorcing seniors: How to search for hidden assets

When a couple is older, there's a better chance that they'll have a higher net worth than their younger counterparts. For this reason, so-called "grey divorces" tend to involve more money, assets and property. Divorcing seniors sometimes have retirement accounts, pensions, various real estate investments, art, antiques and other types of valuables -- all of which will need to be divided during their divorce proceedings.

When more assets are involved in a divorce, there's also a higher chance that one of the spouses will try to hide certain assets even though it's unlawful to do so. Divorce seniors should, therefore, be on the lookout for any hidden assets in the following places:

How is alimony calculated and amended?

When a divorce is finalized, it is possible that the judge rules that alimony is to be paid from one former spouse to the other. This is usually a temporary arrangement that helps one spouse to make the financial transition to economic independence.

Many people who are going through a divorce are confused and concerned about whether they will have to pay spousal support. If you are going through a divorce or considering filing for a divorce, it is important to understand how alimony orders could affect you in the future.

Owning or renting after divorce — which is better?

If you're divorcing later in life, you must be especially prudent when deciding on your living accommodations post-divorce. Your initial reaction may be to fight for ownership and occupancy of the family home. But is that the wisest course?

Often, it's not. This is likely the biggest decision you will have to make in your divorce, so you want to make sure that you understand what's at stake. Buying out your spouse's share of the marital home or trading your share of other valuable assets like pension benefits or a 401k might be a big mistake. Ask yourself the following:

Divorce can take a toll on women

You knew when you were going through your divorce that it would not be easy. However, you were unprepared for the months of heartache, as well as financial hardship, to follow. You saw your divorce as the first step toward peace and freedom after an unhappy marriage, but now you are beginning to wonder when your happiness begins. You are not alone – countless women in Florida went through the same trials during and after their divorce that you are now enduring.

It may not surprise you to learn that women often have more challenges recovering from a divorce than men do, even when the divorce is the woman’s choice. LiveStrong provides a few examples as to why this may be the case:

  • Even today, women generally earn less than men, and transitioning from having two incomes to one can be extremely stressful.
  • Women still tend to be the primary caretakers of children and the household, and a divorce can add to their financial and emotional burden if they did not work outside the home during the marriage.
  • It can be discouraging, stressful and even frightening to get back into the dating scene after a long marriage. Women may be afraid to get into another unhappy relationship, fear rejection or have difficulty finding someone compatible, which can add to their overall dissatisfaction with their situation.


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