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Attributes Of A Good Criminal Lawyer

If you’ve been charged with an offense or arrested, hiring a criminal lawyer is the next logical step. You will obviously want to hire someone who will help you get your charges dismissed or lessened, but how can you know who that is? Will you be able to recognize a quality attorney? Let’s go over some key qualities to look for, so you can get the best defense possible. Attributes of a Good Criminal Lawyer: Specialization and Education: When it comes to law, hiring a specialized professional is ideal. A lawyer who works with different types of law is less… Read More

The Digital Divide: When Marital Assets Reside Online

When assets reside online, division of property during divorce can get difficult. Every day a new app is introduced that offers convenience and sometimes value to everyday life. Social media websites flourish as people and families connect online, and 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. If you and your spouse created the video that went viral, or the thriving Facebook or website page, how do you divide that during divorce? Dividing digital media now figures prominently in Florida divorces: Websites: You may run a business from a thriving website storefront. The website, and the name, must… Read More

Love and Marriage: Over 50? Not Necessarily

In love and over 50?  Think twice before getting married. In the continuing evolution of U.S. marriage trends, older couples are discovering the benefits of emotional and physical commitment without marriage. A recent New York Times article discusses increasing numbers of older individuals who forsake the altar in order to maintain financial security. The divorce rate among older Americans continues to rise. With greater longevity, adults at middle- and older-age are concerned with maintaining a secure standard of living — even as they continue to look for love. While marriage makes a cultural statement about commitment, it also complicates things… Read More

After Divorce: Documents to Update

When your divorce process is at an end, make sure you update the documents important to your future. Few people want to deal with more legal documents after their divorce is finally over. However, the end of the divorce process is a good time to make sure you get the right start on the next season of life by taking care of revisions to important documents. When you are divorced, consider making updates to your: Identifying paperwork: If you are changing your name or residence after your divorce, update your driver’s license and Social Security card. Will and estate plan:… Read More

Know Your Divorce Strategy

Having a strategy is a good idea when heading for divorce in Florida. Spouses going through divorce may not have a clear idea of what they want, other than to be divorced. Skilled legal counsel helps you define what you need and what you want — and the difference between the two. Your divorce concerns and marital estate differ depending on the duration of your marriage. Regardless of where you stand, consider these points as you prioritize your needs: Save cash: If you know your marriage is ending, stay financially fluid. Ideally, you could create a reserve fund of approximately… Read More

Termination of Parental Rights in Florida

Every parent has rights and responsibilities with their children. Under certain circumstances, those rights can be terminated by the court. The state of Florida looks to both parents to support their children to maturity. This means emotional, physical and financial support. Parental rights can only be terminated through a legal action. While some parents seek the recognition of parental rights for purposes of identity, family and financial support, in other cases the termination of parental rights becomes an issue. Such loss of parental rights is serious and permanent. In some cases, biological parents willfully resign their parental rights, while in… Read More

Divorce: Till Sickness Do We Part

A recent study reveals women who are seriously ill in older age are more likely to become divorced. In a study presented at the May annual meeting of the Population Association of America, two researchers examined data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a long-term data collection project supported by the National Institute on Aging. The study explored potential relationships between illness and the outcomes of death, widowhood and divorce. Research subjects included marriages between partners with at least one spouse over age 50. Twenty years of data provided information on more than 2,000 marriages. The investigation included marriages… Read More

Coming of Age: Divorce in the United States

A recent research paper discusses rising divorce figures in the United States. In 2013, researchers at Bowling Green University explored the rocketing rate of divorce among older couples. The paper they produced was responsible for popularizing the term “gray divorce.” A new study from the Minnesota Population Center adds to that discussion. In a study presented in May 2014, researchers from the University of Minnesota take issue with recent divorce rates. Noting that “Breaking Up is Hard to Count,” the report discusses flawed statistics that gave the appearance of a flat or declining divorce rate. In fact, the opposite is… Read More

Getting Divorced? Here is What to Do Next

Once you make the decision to divorce, it is important to know the steps to take next. Many people understand divorce is difficult and hope for the best. Others have meticulously planned for the moment and know exactly what they are going to do. No person or attorney can predict the outcome of the divorce process for any couple. However, you can take some actions to create more stability for yourself and your children during that process. Your divorce may go more smoothly if you: Speak with an attorney: Whether or not you have been through divorce before, honest, experienced… Read More

On Holiday: Tips for Co-Parenting During Summer Vacation

Tempers rise along with the temperature in the summer if parents do not create good plans when school is out. An enjoyable summer depends on the ability of parents to work together to coordinate schedules and plan events with minimal conflict. Florida courts favor parenting plans that provide frequent and continuing contact with both parents. When summer leisure time is at a premium, problems arise if planning is left to the last moment. Despite the potential frustration of working with an ex-spouse, consider these suggestions for easing summer vacation conflicts: Start planning early: January is not too soon to start… Read More