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Could these financial lies be part of your Florida divorce?

Most spouses like to think that they know their partner as well as they know themselves. They believe that, over the years, every personality trait, both good and bad, has been revealed, and that every step their spouse makes will fall among a predictable path. Imagine the shock and surprise that comes when a Florida spouse discovers that his or her partner has been telling financial lies for many years. Divorce tends to draw back the curtain on these issues, and it is not uncommon for spouses to be blindsided by what is revealed.

The reasons behind a spouse's dishonesty are as varied as the individuals themselves. Some spouses lie to shield a portion of wealth from their partner. Others are lying to cover up a bad habit or a serious addiction. Still others are simply compulsive liars, and conceal facts with no clear intention at all. No matter why these actions are taken, spouses should become informed about the more common financial lies that are uncovered during a divorce -- and be prepared to act accordingly.

Divorce becoming more socially acceptable in Florida, elsewhere

One of the biggest obstacles for spouses who are considering divorce is the way that their decision might be received by friends, family and co-workers. After all, it was not so long ago that a divorce brought a heavy burden of social stigma, and was an issue that brought on social stresses for both men and women. An evaluation of new and old statistics, however, suggests that divorce is more socially acceptable than ever, in Florida and across the nation.

Researchers looked at data collected in a 1954 survey, as well as surveys conducted in 1968, 1985 and 2001, as well as 2015. What emerged was a pattern in which respondents report feeling more comfortable with the morality of divorce. That pattern is also mirrored in the way that divorced people are treated in society.

Important questions to ask a marital agreements lawyer

When preparing to wed, many people have a number of questions about how they can and should protect their wealth from loss due to divorce. In fact, some people are so concerned about the matter that they feel overwhelmed and are unsure how to proceed. They know that they need the assistance of an attorney, but they are not sure what types of protections are available with a prenuptial agreement. It can be helpful to create a list of questions to present to a Florida marital agreements lawyer in the interest of making the most of an appointment.

A great place to begin is to ask what types of issues can be covered with a prenuptial agreement. Common issues include property matters, such as who will keep the family home if the marriage should end. A prenup will also address ownership of property acquired both during and prior to the marriage.

Will I have to pay alimony?

When many people think of alimony, they still envision a husband handing over a large chunk of his earnings to his ex, forever. Understanding how alimony works in Florida today can reassure many about their financial future after the divorce.

The first thing you need to know is that courts do not award alimony automatically. Even when one spouse earns significantly more than the other, judges use a variety of factors to determine whether to award alimony and to set appropriate amounts and duration.

A child custody attorney can assist grandparents who seek custody

For some Florida families, a child custody fight does not feature the usual parties of a mother and father. There are cases in which grandparents seek custody of their grandchildren. These are often highly emotional cases, and can be difficult for everyone involved. Parents have a constitutional right to care for their children, and mounting a case to have those rights limited or terminated is a challenge. Grandparents who want to be successful in court will need the services of a good child custody attorney.

Very often, grandparents step forward to care for their grandchildren after drugs or alcohol have rendered the parents unfit. That is not an easy situation for the grandparents, who are faced with the choice of watching their grandchildren suffer or taking legal action against their own child. However, the best interests of the minor children usually win out, and grandparents eventually feel that they have no other choice than to seek custody.

Florida readers to follow Huma Abedin child custody case

Many readers are familiar with the humiliation that has faced top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Long considered one of Clinton's closest advisers and a personal friend, Abedin has largely chosen to remain outside of the spotlight during her political career. She has been thwarted in those efforts, however, by her husband's ongoing poor choices in regard to sexual behavior. Many in Florida are aware that Anthony Weiner, once a congressman, is now facing federal prison time for his involvement in sending sexual text messages to a teenage girl.

This is not the first sex scandal that Weiner has been the center of, but it does appear to the the one that has broken his wife's considerably strong and flexible back. Abedin filed for divorce in the wake of criminal charges against her husband. Despite facing criticism for years about choosing to stand by her husband's side, she is now displaying savvy decision-making as she moves forward in her divorce.

Research shows fathers should get overnight visits with infants

If you and your wife have or will have a baby together and you are considering a divorce, it should not be an accepted fact that the parenting plan limits your visits to two or three hours during the day. In fact, as the baby’s father, it is just as important for you to have overnight visits as it is for the mother.

Here are three reasons supported by research that indicate your child should have overnight visits with you, regardless of age.

Child custody attorney could assist in same-sex parent cases

For many same-sex couples in Florida and across the nation, the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has led to a great many improvements in their lives. The ability to marry is a right that has been a long time coming, and families across the nation have taken advantage of that right to begin building their families. Even so, same-sex couples still face challenges when it comes to parental rights, and some are fighting back by taking their cases through the court system with the help of a child custody attorney.

An example is found in the case of a woman who was denied parental status in relation to her young son. The woman married her female partner, and the two women took steps to add to their family. Both underwent fertility testing, and they decided which one would carry their child with the assistance of an anonymous sperm donor. They sent out birth announcements crafted to celebrate their nontraditional family structure, and both women shared parenting responsibilities toward their son.

Prenuptial agreements may help plan for divorce in Florida

Many Florida residents may find planning for the possibility of divorce useful. It is not unrealistic to consider that a marriage will not last forever, as numerous couples choose to end their relationships every day. In fact, planning tools, such as prenuptial agreements, can help interested parties address property division and other areas long before the need arises. 

Some individuals may go a little overboard with the divorce planning, however. A recent report indicated that a couple looking for a wedding photographer found issue with the contracts they had gone over so far. Apparently, there was no clause indicating that a refund would be given in the event that the couple divorced. Of course, most people would see no need for this type of guarantee when it comes to wedding photos.

Shared parenting can work for many Florida families

When contemplating divorce, many parents cannot bear the thought of losing access to their children. The end of a marriage does necessitate a change in parenting schedules, but those changes do not have to be negative. There is a wide body of research that supports the notion that shared child custody is a great structure for families, and Florida spouses are encouraged to give this approach careful consideration.

According to research, children who spend at least 35 percent of their time with each parent have a number of positive outcomes. They are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking or drug use. They are also less susceptible to issues like depression, anxiety and other stress-related disorders.