Prenuptial agreements were the norm till a few years back. However these days many couples opt for a postnuptial agreement in a bid to stop fighting about money. Rather than talk about just division of assets in case the couple splits up, a postnuptial agreement typically also sets out clearly the financial responsibility of the couple and how they divide their incomes, who pays for what and who saves for what. For instance, one might save for the kids’ college while the other saves for holidays or post retirement plans. Postnuptial agreements are referred to as separation agreements when they are entered into for the purpose of divorce or when divorce is imminent.
Divorce is hard, whether you’ve been married for just a few years or for decades. Inevitably, there is a sense of having failed, followed by feelings of bitterness, blame, and betrayal. This might lead to a breakdown on the couple’s ability to come to an amicable settlement of property, alimony, and childcare issues.
Statistics show that almost half of all marriages end in divorce. That is why society has slowly come to accept non-traditional relationships where the dissolution might not have the same impact. Yet some couples decide to opt for legal separation rather than heading for a divorce. The reason might be religious sentiment, family pressure, tax benefits, social security credits, health insurance benefits, or children’s security. Regardless of the reason that leads you to legal separation instead of divorce, it is important that you’re aware of facts and the difference between divorce and legal separation before you sign the document.
Issue: How does a Father who now lives in Florida modify a child support order entered in another state?
Divorce is hard, whether you have children or not. Inevitably, there is a sense of failure followed by feelings of apathy, betrayal, or indifference towards the soon to be ex-spouse. In this scenario, you may need all the help you can get to deal with the divorce.
When you’re a divorced father with young children it is always difficult to find ways to stay relevant in their lives and play an important role, especially if there’s animosity between you and your ex-wife. Still, with a time sharing agreement in place, you will be able to spend time with them during their school holidays. One of the ways you can play a bigger part in your kids’ lives is to try and do something that will help them to think of you frequently. This will help you to forge an emotional connection that will stand you in good stead with your children, even if you’re not physically there.
The relationship between a father and his son is something special that is much needed for a well balanced childhood on the child’s side and a source of great comfort and happiness for the father. The bond, once cemented, will last their whole lives and provide the son all he will need to be able to bond with his own children when he grows up. A father and son’s relationship is something that is built up over time and by spending a lot of time on activities together. This is because the home is usually under the purview of the mother and she has the final say on all things done at or around the home. This is where father-son outdoor activities come into the picture. These activities are almost always conducive for frank and open conversations.
A divorce can be a very tough time for a family, whether or not there are any children. There is always a sense of hurt feelings and regrets on both sides and sometimes negative tendencies can rear up due to emotions. What can really make the whole process of divorce tricky is if there is a minor child involved. If a minor is not involved then all that is needed to finalize a divorce is what is officially known as “dissolution of marriage.” The dissolution of marriage requires consent from both parties on two basic matters, namely the reason for the decision to go ahead with a divorce and the division of assets. The first is usually a triviality, with most courts accepting the simple reason, ‘irreconcilable differences’.
Issue: Whether a Former Husband’s inheritance annuities, which he is not currently receiving any monies from, can be considered in determining his “income” and ability to pay alimony.
Irreconcilable differences occur when a married couple finds it very hard to communicate in any reasonable manner, leading to a complete breakdown in communications. There can be many reasons for one half of the couple or even both of them feeling that way. It is not necessary to state your reasons; just stating that since there are “irreconcilable differences” is enough. In such a scenario even discussing the details of the impending divorce and the subsequent discussion of the marital properties and other assets as well as any custody issues often becomes impossible.
When you are negotiating terms for divorce it is necessary to hire a good lawyer who can articulate your case and needs in front of a judge convincingly. In Florida, depending on how you file your divorce suit, the terms can be decided by yourselves with the help of a qualified mediator, or can be decided by a judge. Deciding on the visitation plans, which means deciding how, when and where the child or children of the divorcing couple will spend time with the parent who doesn’t have physical custody of them is a very delicate matter, fraught with great potential for long term emotional complications for the children.
Under Florida state laws, when a couple files for divorce, it is mandatory for them to go through the mediation process if it is a contested divorce. This mandatory rule is not an attempt to try and preserve the family unit, but to facilitate the smooth sharing of custody of any children and the marital assets, especially when children are involved. The mediation process is meant to help the divorcing couples deal with the necessary processes to split their assets and child care, child support, and other expenses without resorting to acrimonious exchanges and attacks on each other.
Most men, after they have been through the wringer of divorce, begin to lose direction as dads. In most cases, the emotional upheaval of losing the physical custody of their children to their ex-wives results in their inability to cope with the same. They often begin to enter into despair with the thought of remaining emotionally close and relevant in their children’s lives. This leaves them trying to do too much or not enough to remain in contact with their children and the children often end up just confused and hurt.