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The Protective Prenup: Tips for Florida couples

For many couples, considering a prenuptial agreement is a source of dread. Far too many people approach the topic of prenuptial agreements with the belief that these marital contracts always begin and end from an adversarial position. In reality, Florida couples often choose a prenup to protect each other from financial loss related to existing debt or anticipated business expenses.

Is shared custody always better for Florida families?

There is a marked trend in child custody law toward a system under which shared custody is the starting point for all families who are going through a divorce. There are strong arguments on both sides of that matter, but many Florida parents believe that each and every child custody case should be heard on its own terms, and decided according to the particulars of that case alone. Meanwhile, yet another state is currently debating whether to create legislation that would force courts to begin each case from a position that shared custody is the best possible outcome.

Post-divorce back-to-school tips for Punta Gorda parents

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and for parents who have gone through a recent divorce, this can be a challenging time of year. Sending the kids off for the first day of school is something of a family tradition for many, and when one parent is suddenly left out, it can feel devastating. That is especially true on special years, like the first day of kindergarten or high school. The following tips are offered in the hopes of easing the way for Punta Gorda parents who are getting ready for that all-important "first" post-divorce first day.

Could Punta Gorda parents lose custody over intelligence?

Most parents have no fear of losing their kids to state authorities, due to the fact that they provide a safe and loving home. Unfortunately, that is not always enough, and there are cases in Punta Gorda and elsewhere that place parents at odds with the state for reasons outside of abuse or neglect. An example is found in the case of a couple who lost custody of their kids due to concerns over their intellectual capabilities.

What happens to retirement accounts in a divorce?

Florida couples preparing for a divorce know they can expect to divide the assets they gathered throughout their marriage. Retirement accounts number among the larger assets, so it is worth taking a closer look at how Florida law addresses their division.

Things to include in a Florida prenuptial agreement

Preparing for a wedding can be a whirlwind experience, and one that can overwhelm even the most organized of people. For many in Florida, drafting the  perfect prenup is just as important as selecting the ideal wedding cake or hiring an amazing band. When working through the details of a prenuptial agreement, it is important to include all assets of significant value. The following are some of the most important items that people forget to add to their prenup.