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Trying to divorce, some in Florida find they were never married

In today's world, few people remain in the state of their birth. In fact, relocating for work, school or personal pursuits is incredibly common. For those in Florida who are married, it is important to understand that the validity of that marriage depends on whether state guidelines for marriage were followed. If not, a marriage can be declared void by a court of law, leaving the parties with none of the protections afforded couples who divorce. 

No need to go it alone to resolve property division problems

Getting divorced is an intensely personal choice that might prompt either angst or support on the part of your extended family members and friends. The ultimate decision is no one's business but yours, although it surely helps to have a strong support network in place as you move forward to a new lifestyle. A major bone of contention in many Florida divorces surrounds property division proceedings.

Many Florida residents get a divorce in their 20s

Going through a divorce is never easy, no matter what one's age. For younger people in Florida, however, the social sting of divorce can be difficult to bear. There are, however, some silver linings that come with a swift divorce well before middle age.  

Florida residents won't learn more about Abedin/Weiner divorce

High profile political couple Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner have made headlines for many years. The couple was recently in the news over their decision to withdraw their divorce petition. While many Florida readers may be shocked at that news, the withdrawal is not an indication that the couple plans to reunite. The move is simply an attempt to secure a measure of privacy for their young son.

Do common-law spouses need a property division lawyer?

In some states, common law marriage is still recognized. This type of union occurs when a couple lives together in a committed relationship outside of the bonds of marriage, yet act as husband and wife. When things go awry, however, one partner often tries to pursue the other for property division and spousal support. In such cases, including in the state of Florida, a property division lawyer may be required.

Business owners can benefit from a property division lawyer

Building a business requires a great deal of effort, and many Florida residents spend years working to get their venture off the ground. When a divorce is on the horizon, dividing the value of that business can take center stage. The best way to move forward is to find a property division lawyer to guide the process. 

A property division lawyer can assist in uncovering hidden assets

In most Florida divorces, spouses are open and honest about the full scope of marital wealth. They share information about income, assets and debt, which is then used to structure an equitable and comprehensive property division settlement. In some cases, however, a Florida spouse may be faced with a set of unique challenges when it comes to hidden assets. In those instances, a property division lawyer and a financial advisor can work together to help a client achieve a fair division of wealth.

Obtaining business valuation during a Florida divorce

Owning and operating a business is a lifelong goal for many people. It takes a great deal of time, effort and investment to get a business up and running. For many Florida spouses, protecting their business from loss during divorce is a top priority, although reaching that goal can seem like an insurmountable task. Part of that process involves obtaining a business valuation, which provides the information necessary to begin discussing this important property division topic.

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.

How to address a Florida home during a divorce

When homeowners decide to go their separate ways, they must first decide what to do with their home. This is an area of contention for many couples, as there are several different ways to handle the disposition of a piece of Florida real estate. The following tips can help couples consider their options, and make a decision that is in line with their best interests.