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Who gets to keep the dog in a divorce?

Owning a pet is common in Florida and other states. Because dogs are known for their companionship, many couples own one or more dogs. Whether a spouse had the dog prior to the marriage, or the couple acquired the dog during the marriage, it is likely that both spouses have bonded with the dog. In fact, when divorce befalls the couple, it is likely that a dispute will erupt over who gets the dog.

Even though dogs are often treated like a member of the family, they are unfortunately, treated like property. That means the couple will not have to decide on a custody plan for the dog, but go through the property division process to determine who will end up with the dog.

Alimony reform bill considered in Florida

Filing for divorce in Florida and other states is more than going through a process to end a major. For most couples, this is a serious and life changing event that could result in legal decisions that impact their lives for years, decades or even the rest of their lives. Money is often a hot topic during dissolution. Therefore, spouses seek financial support at the end of a marriage.

When a spouse requests alimony, he or she is usually relying on a judge to consider certain factors to reward a spouse with these payments that could last several years. In some cases, this legal obligation could last for the rest of their lives. While permanent alimony may find its place in some divorces, the state of Florida has been debating an alimony reform that could alter how alimony is awarded.

Protecting a trust from property division during dissolution

For some married couples in Florida, assets and property are carefully protected. In some cases, this means taking additional steps prior to marriage to ensure that certain assets are protected, in the event of a divorce. But, because property division can be a difficult and often dispute filled process, individuals and families take precautionary steps to evade these arguments and the possibility of losing the family property, even business assets.

It is common for wealthy individuals and families to take steps to carefully construct and administer a trust fund. Depending on the type, a trust fund can provide for a loved one, while the maker of the trust is alive or after they have passed. But, the concern is whether a former spouse can touch these funds post-divorce.

Helping draft a valid prenuptial agreement

Florida couples normally do not consider the possibility of their marriage ending when they are preparing to enter a union. However, the unfortunate reality is that roughly half of all married couples part ways. Thus, more and more couples now take the time to protect themselves by drafting a prenuptial agreement.

The process of drafting a prenuptial agreement is not an easy one. In most cases, it requires both partners to consider his or her needs and what they expect a divorce to look like if it occurs. A prenuptial agreement, which is better known as a prenup, is consistently used to protect assets and property.

Understanding the Florida alimony modification process

When spouses decide to part ways, there are many items to sort through and various important decisions to make. Because post-divorce life can be difficult to project and even consider when one is going through the process, it is challenging to assess a spouse's financial situation. When a spouse expects that he or she will find it difficult to maintain the standard of living, he or she was accustomed to in marriage, he or she will request alimony. However, the spousal support awarded may not be the amount that he or she actually ends up needing.

In fact, because it can be difficult to assess the financial needs of a spouse in their post-divorce life, it is possible that alimony modification will be necessary. If this is the case, a petition for modification of alimony could be filed, and ex-spouses in Florida could use this petition to serve various needs.

How can divorced parents make co-parenting work?

Divorce can seriously impact families in Florida. While this is a decision that roughly half of all married couples battle with, this does not make it an easy decision or process. When children are involved, this can further complicate the process.

Divorcing parents seek to do what is best for the children, while also attempting to design a workable post-divorce life. However, many parents are faced with the difficulties of how to develop the best child custody arrangement for everyone.

The benefits of equitable division

When couples get married, it is unlikely that they plan to get divorced. No matter the cause or reason for ending the marriage, couples in Florida unfortunately file for dissolution everyday. While this is a common procedure, it is not an easy process to go through and finalize. This is especially difficult when it comes to divvying up the properties and assets involved in the marriage.

For divorcing couples in Florida, there are some benefits when it comes to the property division in an equitable division state. This is especially true if one makes more money than their soon-to-be ex-spouse. In states that observe equitable division law, it is possible to protect one's assets, if one is the breadwinning spouse.

Resolving co-parenting child custody disputes

The end of a Florida marriage often means sorting through some serious and often difficult matters. And, for those divorcing couples with children, this means determining what child custody order will serve their needs and interests. Because the best interests of the child are paramount, divorcing parents often develop a custody plan that allows fair or equal parenting time.

When it comes to shared custody arrangements, co-parenting is usually the chosen path. It is not only a custody plan that fits a joint custody arrangement, but also one that promotes effective communication between the parents.

Helping protect rights during property division

Filing for divorce is never an easy task. However, once the filing is completed, divorcing spouses in Florida and elsewhere often face a plethora of divorce issues.

One contentious issue is property division. No matter the length of the marriage, it is often difficult to part with items gained during the union. Therefore, it is imperative to be aware of the rights when it comes to dividing separate and marital property, so these disputes can be resolved timely and amicably.

Florida father is fighting for his paternity rights

For some Florida fathers, it is difficult to establish a relationship with a child. This can be due to, in part, because of paternity issues. Whether there is a claim of paternity or a challenge to this claim, men in Florida and elsewhere have the right to establish the existence of paternity. And, if paternity is proven, certain steps could be taken to secure fathers' rights.

Such a battle is occurring with a Florida man that just discovered he is the presumed father of twins. But, the issue does not just lie with establishing paternity through a DNA test. This matter is further complicated because the twins have been put-up for adoption and placed in two separate homes.

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