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South Florida Family Law Blog

Planning, cooperation keep Halloween fun for kids after divorce

Halloween is less than two weeks away. While children are utterly delighted by costumes and candy, October 31st can be the source of family law disputes revolving around child custody, parenting plans, holiday schedules and who will make decisions about bedtime (Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year), the amount of candy that can be consumed, costumes and more.

In many cases, divorced parents don't consider Halloween a holiday -- until the calendar rolls around to October. For those with young kids, especially, the event can suddenly grow in importance.

Florida is 7th among states where couples are likely to divorce

We all have our individual reasons for living in Pompano Beach: the weather, lifestyle, ocean, culture and more factor in to our decisions to make our homes here. While many residents view Florida as a place pretty close to paradise, it is not without its flaws.

According to a recent news article, Florida ranks seventh in the nation among states where couples are most likely to divorce.

Keeping teens happy during a divorce: 3 tips

When you choose to go through a divorce, that decision impacts everyone in your family. If you're a parent to a teen, that could be a difficult conversation to have. Teens don't like to be out of control, and many may struggle with the idea that their parents are splitting up. Some teens may believe it's their fault or that one parent is leaving because he or she doesn't love the child.

Every family is different, but each situation does have an adjustment period. Here are a few things you can do to help your child through this phase.

Helpful co-parenting hints

We read with interest a recent article that offers loads of advice for parents who are going to divorce or who have divorced. Co-parenting is not easy, but it is easily one of the most important jobs you will ever have.

No matter how you feel about your former spouse, or soon-to-be ex, it is always important to remember that the well-being of your children depends on your ability to establish and maintain a cordial co-parenting partnership with that person. He or she is the crucial other half of the parents your kids are depending on for stability and guidance.

Attachment to "beautiful" property could backfire in divorce

Some events in life are traumatic no matter how strong you might be. Among the most difficult events: sustaining a major personal injury or illness, getting fired and the death of a close friend. However, all of those crises are lower on the Holmes-Rahe life stress scale than divorce. Only the death of a spouse ranks higher than the end of your marriage.

Disputes over the division of marital property are among the most difficult family law disagreements to resolve, especially when those disputes involve significant assets.

Finding the help you need for midlife divorce

In some ways, life after 50 can be the best time of all. People have defined careers that often result in not only monetary compensation but a sense of fulfillment as well. Many people in midlife are also more comfortable with their bodies and have settled on a style that suits them. Many folks over 50 are also nearing the end of their child-rearing adventures (or have already packed the kids off to college) and can look back with satisfaction on their family lives.

But when divorce comes along after 50, that sense of accomplishment can be shattered. Today, people facing divorce lean on friends and family for advice as much as ever, but can also look to online sources of information about how to successfully navigate the rough waters of divorce.

Dramatic shift over time in U.S. marriage rate

While the changes in the percentage of U.S. adults who are married might not be apparent from year to year, the incremental shifts add up over time. About half of all American adults are today married; down 9 percent from 25 years ago and down more than 20 percent since 1960.

The Pew Research Center says the decline can be explained in part by a modern reality: Americans marry later in life today than they did back in the day. The median age for women entering their first marriage is today 27 and for men it is 29. Back in 1960, those ages were 20 and 22, respectively.

In the aftermath: A storm-related loan could affect your divorce

While Pompano Beach was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma's wrath, we know that many others in Florida suffered great personal and financial losses. No one knows yet the full cost to state residents of the storm's destruction, but the IRS has already acted to make it easier for victims to get loans and hardship distributions from 401(k)s and other employer-sponsored retirement plans.

While the temporary easing of rules will undoubtedly help many hit hard by Irma, it might also complicate some matters of family law such as the division of retirement accounts in divorce.

The process of valuing and dividing unusual assets

Getting divorced often involves some difficult decisions. You and your spouse need to determine how to divide your assets, the terms of custody and visitation, and proper amounts for child and even spousal support. For many couples, asset division can be a sticking point that leads to a protracted court battle.

If you don't agree to fairly divide your possessions and assets, the courts can and will step in to make that decision for you. The goal is equitable distribution, but achieving it requires accurate values for your assets.

Personal and political stakes high in Broward County divorce

They say that truth is stranger than fiction. Reports of a contested Broward County divorce appear to support the old truism.

According to Florida newspapers, the county's Clerk of Court Brenda D. Forman is divorcing her husband of four years -- and her predecessor in her powerful political position -- Howard C. Forman. She says in court documents that 71-year-old Howard appears to be a victim of dementia who needs her help. He contends that she is trying to seize control of his money.

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