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Devising a parenting schedule that works for everyone

When you have separated from the biological parent of your children, it is likely that you will need to learn how to engage with him or her in a different dynamic: as a coparent. If the separation is still raw, this may be a very challenging thing to deal with; however, over time, you will both be able to find a way to successfully co-parent together for the benefit of your kids.

One of the pillars of successful co-parenting is being able to devise a successful parenting plan and visitation schedule. This requires the full cooperation of both parents, and although it can take a while to establish, it will make all the difference for parenting success.

Tips for finding hidden assets during divorce

Your spouse is supposed to disclose all assets that he or she controls during the divorce process. The unfortunate reality, though, is that many people try to hide assets so that they do not have to split them up. Divorce can be bitter, and people do not always play by the rules.

So, how do you find these hidden assets? Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Look for electronic records. For instance, do you worry that your spouse has been heading to the ATM and making small withdrawals, then stashing the money? Check your online banking statements. You should have a detailed record of all withdrawals. The same can be true for credit card transactions and smartphone apps often used to move money.
  • Check property ownership records. If you're worried that your spouse has significant assets hidden aside, note that a lot of property records are public information. A quick search can turn up property your spouse never mentioned.
  • Check the browser history on your home computer. Has your spouse been looking up ways to hide money or even move it out of the country? Has he or she made big purchases that you never heard anything about?
  • Look at tax documents. It's one thing to lie about assets to you, but your spouse may not be willing to risk lying to the IRS. If he or she reports income at $100,000 a year, but the tax returns show income at $250,000 last year, you know things don't add up.

When an ex-spouse wants to move overseas with your child

After you have divorced or separated from your spouse, there are likely to be many changes to your life situations. However, if you both have shared custody of your child, it is important that you build a strong co-parenting relationship.

However, you are both going to inevitably move on and have new ambitions. Because of this, it is quite common for one parent to decide that he or she would like to move overseas. In the event that the parent is the primary custodian, this will likely mean that he or she will intend to take your child overseas. It is likely that you will have your objections to this. The good news is that you can bring this issue to the courts and argue your side.

Divorcing with a high income in Florida

Every divorce is filled with its own unique difficulties. However, when you are divorcing as a person that has a high net-worth or earns a high income, you may feel particularly vulnerable, and afraid that you may be subject to exploitation.

Therefore, it is important to be aware of the rights that you have in your Florida divorce, as well as know some strategies that you can use in order to protect your wealth.

How am I allowed to spend child support?

As you know, the child support you receive not only helps you provide for your children, but also removes some of the weight from your shoulders. However, you may receive a great deal of unsolicited input on how to spend your child support, whether it comes from well-meaning family members and friends or from a critical ex-spouse. Understandably, you and other custodial parents in Florida may worry about whether the courts or your ex can monitor or mandate your child support spending.

Ordinarily, nobody has any say in how you spend child support, FindLaw explains. You might only need to worry about the court stepping in if there is reason to believe you are not meeting your children’s needs, which rarely happens. The purpose of child support is to take care of your children’s needs, and the law interprets this broadly.

What to expect in a child custody hearing

Anticipating your first ever child custody hearing can be a scary experience, especially since it will likely mean a great deal for you and your family. In order to have the best possible experience and to get an ideal result in your child custody case, it is a good idea to make some preparations in advance and understand what you should expect.

It's always important to read up a little about the specific child custody laws that will apply to you. These are what the judge will be guided by, so it is important to know what he or she will base his or her decisions on. In general, it is good to remember that the judges will seek to rule in the favor of whatever they believe will be in the best interests of the child.

How to file a petition to relocate in Florida

Relocation is a hot topic when it comes to divorce in the state of Florida. Many couples that divorce who have children need to know what it takes to relocate and what they can and cannot do when wanting to relocate. It's best to know the laws prior to making a decision about relocating so that you do not violate them, risking custody of your child in Orlando.

A petition to relocate will be required in the state of Florida if the parents cannot come to an agreement on the relocation proposal. The petition will need to be filed by the parent who wants to relocate with the child. The petition must be filed with the family court and then served to the other parent. Every relocation petition must include the following information:

  • Date that the proposed move will occur
  • The phone number and address of the proposed new residence
  • Any reasons for the proposed relocation. If due to a job offer, the offer should be provided in writing
  • Proposed plan for transportation for the child for visitation purposes
  • Proposed visitation schedule to take effect after the move

Explaining myths surrounding military divorce

There are various differences between living a civilian life and living a military life. One of those differences does not have to do with divorce. Many people have misconceptions about what it is like to get divorced and be in the military. Many people believe the myths that are out there about the military and divorce. Today, we will take a look at those myths and sort them out as best we can.

A common myth is that if a military couple has been married for 10 or more years, the other spouse gets half of the military member's retirement savings. This is not true in the least bit. There is no marriage limit for this. The courts still view the property as marital property, which means they will determine how it all is divided.

Contemplating divorce with your retired spouse

It can be difficult, after many years of marriage, to decide on a divorce and all of the changes that come with it. However, if you are unhappy in your marriage, you may have simply come to the conclusion that life is just too short to not make the important changes that could possibly bring you long-term happiness.

Divorce will be a huge decision, no matter your age or stage of life. Therefore, it is important to base the decision on the current state of your marriage, and the possibility of it improving over time.

Creating a parenting plan post-divorce

Children can be very susceptible to all the changes going on in a divorce. When structure and a certain routine is what they are used to, it can be very upsetting for them when they face all of the changes going on without a strong support system.

It is important, therefore, that you have seamless communication with your children, so that you can explain to them properly what is going on, and what changes they can expect to see in the future. Co-parenting with a former spouse can be challenging; however, with the help of a parenting plan, there can be some consistency in place to help everyone.

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