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Establishing child custody in the military

If you are going through a divorce or a separation from the other parent of your child, you are likely to be concerned about how this will affect your relationship with your child. This is a common concern of many parents; however, if you are a military service member, it is likely to be even more pressing.

Life as a military service member can be particularly stressful because you never know when you might be called for active duty. This can have the potential to cause problems in regard to caring for your child. However, all military service members have the right to a relationship with their child as long as this is deemed to be in the child's best interests.

Common questions about divorcing after retirement

While the majority of divorcing couples decide to make the change while their children are still growing up, divorce after retirement is a trend that has increased in the last few years. Divorcing after retirement, otherwise known as "gray divorce" is seeing an upward trend for a number of reasons, including increased life expectancy and the shifting of social norms.

If you are contemplating a divorce after retirement, it is important to understand some of the most critical issues associated with divorce at this point in your life.

The possible implications of relocating with your child

If you are a single parent or if you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent of your child, it is likely that you will sometimes find that life decisions are made difficult by the other parent. You might feel that the other parent puts limits on your freedom and on what you can do with your child.

Relocating as a co-parent is a prime example of the strains that can arise in a co-parenting relationship. If your child was born in the state of Florida and if it is currently yours and the other parent's base, relocation may feel like a big step.

How Florida child custody courts view domestic abuse

If you are a parent in the state of Florida and you have suffered domestic abuse at the hands of the other parent of your child, it is likely that you will be concerned about custody arrangements. You may believe that your child is at risk when they visit their other parent, and for this reason, you may want to limit visitation.

If you are concerned about future child custody arrangements or if you want to modify the existing one, it is important that you take action and start to gain information about how decisions are made. Child custody courts in the state of Florida seek to facilitate the child's relationship with both parents when it does not compromise the safety or well-being of the child in question.

What is rehabilitative alimony?

When calculating how much money one spouse is to give another during a divorce, it is critical to consider several factors. A particular type of alimony may be preferable over another, and some spouses going through a divorce will want to look into rehabilitative alimony

In the most basic sense, rehabilitative alimony goes to a person for a limited amount of time until she or he can make a living on his or her own after the divorce. This alimony most often comes up in instances where one spouse held down a job and the other stayed at home. The at-home spouse may not have the skills or education necessary to make a decent living, so the court has one spouse pay the other to attend classes and get the training necessary to enter the workforce. 

Dividing a business during a Florida divorce

When you want to understand more about how assets will be divided during your divorce, it is important that you pay attention to the specific laws relevant to your state. This is because state laws largely determine how assets will be divided. In the state of Florida, the equitable distribution model is followed for asset division in a divorce.

The equitable division model differs to the community property state because it uses a variety of factors to establish how assets should be divided. In states that follow community property law, all jointly owned assets are divided equally and blindly between each spouse. But equitable division states recognized that every divorce is different and that care should be taken in dividing assets in a fair way for both parties.

The process of a divorce as a military member

If you are a member of the military and you are planning to file for a divorce, you may wonder how the process differs as a military person rather than as a civilian. While the process of filing for divorce is essentially the same, the benefits associated with being a military family member can mean that there is more at stake.

This is why there can be more complications and factors to take into account when you are divorcing as a military service person. It is important that you understand the support services that are available to you as well as the way that assets are divided in a military divorce in the state of Florida.

Talking to your adult children about your divorce

If you have adult children and were married before they were born, it is likely that your children had a stable and happy upbringing. While you will be proud of that, you may feel uneasy about making the decision to divorce after your children have grown up and left the house.

Priorities change as you grow older, and making the right choice for yourself is commendable, especially when your children have become independent adults. You may still be wondering what you can do to make the conversation less awkward when you break the news to your children, whatever age they might be. Therefore, it is important that you discuss your plans with your divorcing spouse so that you can present a united front.

How does child support work out-of-state?

Usually when child support orders are placed, they concern the finances of two people living in the same state. However, if you live in the state of Florida and the other parent lives in another state, the situation can become a little more complex.

If you are a parent in the state of Florida and you want to either pay child support to the custodial parent who lives out of state, or you want to receive child support from the noncustodial parent who lives out of state, it is important that you understand how the law works so that you can take appropriate action.

Adjusting to spending less time with your child

It can be overwhelming to adjust to the multiple life changes that come with a divorce. In addition to acclimating to the single life, if you and your ex have kids, you must adjust to the changes that they will be going through, too. For parents who are returning to the workforce after staying at home, one of the biggest and most difficult changes is adjusting to less time spent with your kids.

There are a few tips you can follow to make this transition as smooth as possible and ensure that you and your kids maintain a strong bond. Consider the following pointers for how to make this adjustment without unnecessary stress.


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