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Military Divorce in Florida

Posted on Mon, Sep 30, 2013

Regrettably, the stress of military marriages will far outweigh regular marriages, and in most cases the circumstances and pressures will lead to divorce. If this is your only option, it’s vital that you hire legal counsel that understands all the rules regarding a military divorce. Several of the issues that exist in civilian divorces, like division of debts and assets, alimony, and child support-related issues will exist in military cases as well.

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Uncommon Assets To Consider

Posted on Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Who gets the trinkets, the Xbox 360 or grandmother’s blue sapphire ring? More often than not, men come to realize divorce laws are disproportionate especially without competent representation in men’s family law in Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona and Fleming Island being no different. Among the most complicated issues is dividing the practical uncommon assets, which men typically under-estimate.

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When is the Right Time to Introduce Kids to New Relationship?

Posted on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

Starting a new relationship can be exciting. If you have children, it may also raise a lot of questions. How and when will you tell the kids about your new relationship? How will they react? Will they get along? While you cannot answer all of the questions, you can control when you have the conversation with your children.

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Real Estate Options for Divorcing Couples

Posted on Fri, Sep 20, 2013

It does not matter what kind of foundation it is, if it is cracked, it will eventually fall. Houses, relationships – they are all the same. A home shared between married couples could be the single most valuable asset in a marriage, but it may end up being a point of contention in the divorce given its emotion and financial value. You should both understand the economic and legal realities of the situation before making any rash decisions, especially if there are children involved. Your first step should be to look up a divorce attorney for men in Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Fleming Island and Daytona.

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How to Prevent Identity Theft by a Spouse

Posted on Wed, Sep 18, 2013

Marital instability and divorce are very scary and stressful events in your life. If you are going through them, you already know that beyond emotional wounds, financial insecurity and your financial future may be up in the air. During this volatile time, when your wife or ex-wife may be emotionally charged or financially starved, identity theft is a major risk.

More than likely your wife or ex-wife has much of your personal information including your credit card numbers, social security number, and even access to your bank accounts. She can easily access your money, and potentially your credit if you do not make arrangements for control of your assets.

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Fun Fall Activities with your Kids

Posted on Mon, Sep 16, 2013

Finding new creative ways to entertain your kids with every change of season can seem like a challenge. Kenny Leigh and Associates has compiled this list of fun fall time activities to prepare you for many days of fun activities with your children. As you go along, you are sure to discover that there are some activities on the list that your kids will want to do more frequently than others, so you'll likely find that many days will be spontaneously filled with pastimes that they especially enjoy.

Since autumn only comes once a year, it's an opportunity to get out and spend time in the cool weather and splendid scenery while doing many fun activities with your kids. Remember some of your favorite fall season pastimes from your own childhood, add them to the list, and give them a try with your kids. Chances are that they will enjoy them too. And, you will find that the more fun you're actually having, the more fun your kids are likely to have with you.

Another very effective way to ensure that your kids have a great time with you is to simply ask them what they really enjoy doing. In fact, your first fun activity could be to have them help you make a list of things they enjoy. Depending upon their ages and temperaments, they may answer that they want to do, "nothing". Or, they may list many activities so rapidly that you can't keep up to write them all down.

At Kenny Leigh and Associates, we want to help make it easy for you to identify ways to make the very most of your opportunities to have great times and make special memories with your children. We hope that you will use this list of activities to make the very most of opportunities for you and your kids to share delightful times together during this fall season.

Get Outdoors

Pick some apples
Go out and look at the fall leaves
Find your local corn maze and get lost in it
Go for a ride on a hot air balloon ride
Play touch-football
Go hiking
Take a hayride
Go out and collect some beautiful fall leaves
Rent a cabin in the woods or mountains
Go tailgating at a football game
Plant your flower bulbs for next spring
Have a foot race
Go for a drive through the countryside

Remember the good old days

Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Make a bird feeder from pinecones
Visit a bake sale
Borrow a book from the library
Make Rice Krispy treats
Buy a new notebook
Jump in a pile of leaves

Eat and drink

Shop at a farmers' market
Bake cookies
Cook dinner together
Make smoothies
Barbeque
Marshmallow roast
Make a big batch chili

Holiday

Make Halloween costumes for yourself and the kids
Visit a haunted house
Watch an old favorite scary movie on Halloween
Carve your own Jack O Lantern
Have a Halloween party
Host a potluck Thanksgiving dinner
Greet trick o' treaters

Just for kicks

Sit outside and chit chat in the cool air
Walk in the crunchy fallen leaves
Do some early Christmas shopping
Find a good spot to watch the birds migrating for winter
Make a bonfire
Gather pinecones and create a display
Go to a kid's league sports game
Go to a local fall festival
Take turns saying what you're all thankful for

More fun ideas

Day at the playground
Throw a Frisbee
Pitch and catch
Play Hide & Seek
Go to a live musical performance
Take pictures of fall foliage
Fly a kite
Go fishing
Go-carts
Miniature golf
Batting cages
Driving range
Badminton
Card games (Go Fish, Crazy Eights)
Board games (many, chess, checkers)
Play I Spy
Fall picnic
Bike ride
Flashlight Tag
Star watching
Puzzles
Children's crafts projects
Painting pictures
Kid-friendly exercise
YMCA activities
Lie flat and watch the clouds go by

As your kids grow, you may discover that you share mutual interests with them. You might even develop some hobbies together that you can do year-round. And, you are sure to establish some fall time events that will grow into seasonal traditions for you and your kids. In addition to the above activities list from Kenny Leigh and Associates, there is an abundance of resources for ideas on activities to do with your kids. With all these great activities, you're sure to have many special times this fall and throughout the year that you and your children will remember forever.

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Establishing Routine with your Kids

Posted on Fri, Sep 13, 2013

Divorce and separation are difficult times in a family, especially for children. Worries about parents, what the future will bring, all compounded with the stress of going to school and coming into their own can create a perfect storm for kids to lash out and stop cooperating. One of the best ways to counteract the potential negatives of separation is by creating a daily and weekly routine that the kids and you are a part of. Men only child support is difficult, but is also very rewarding. Use these steps to help create a sense of peace and family cohesion with a routine.

Good routines start with good planning. The three most important parts of the day to plan out are morning time, dinner time, and bed time.

Morning Routine

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8 Things You Need to Ask Your Divorce Lawyer

Posted on Tue, Sep 10, 2013

The first time you contact divorce attorneys in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona, Fleming Island or Boca Raton, you may feel overwhelmed and that’s to be expected. A divorce is a very emotional and physically trying time, so it’s expected that you might not know exactly what to ask during the first meeting. Here are a few questions you might want to consider when speaking to an attorney.

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How to Tell Your Fiancé that you want a Pre-Nup

Posted on Mon, Sep 09, 2013

Prenuptial agreements are effective planning tools for many couples as they head into marriage. Unfortunately, the suggestion of a prenuptial agreement isn't always received well and can send even the happiest of couples into conflict. Bringing up a prenuptial agreement can be tricky business. However, it can be done in a positive manner that strengthens the marriage. Kenny Leigh and Associates, the largest men-only family law firm in Florida, has some tips on how to bring up the idea of a prenuptial agreement without disrupting the relationship.

First, it's important to remember that a prenup is simply a way to customize the law to fit your needs. Some spouses may feel that a signing a prenup makes a marriage destined for failure. The truth is, though, all marriages have prenups, whether the couple signed one or not.

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Top Factors that Contribute to Divorce

Posted on Thu, Sep 05, 2013

The state of Florida has the eighth highest divorce rate in the nation. Before you hire a divorce attorney, it will benefit you to understand the top factors that contribute to divorce. Understanding what causes divorce can help a family remedy its issues, preventing divorce entirely or at least making the process smoother and easier to handle. Many of the same factors contribute to divorce from family to family.

Communication Issues

One of the largest issues surrounding communication is that couples can begin to argue more often over time. 56% of all divorced couples polled in a recent survey indicated that one of the greatest reasons for their divorce came down to too much arguing. The reasons why couples begin to communicate poorly or to argue to often is that partners are having difficulty understanding, validating or appreciating one another's perspectives. It can be hard to see eye to eye with one another over time. Communication issues are completely normal in relationships, but the key is to find ways around these issues rather than to allow them to destroy a marriage. Hiring a divorce attorney in Jacksonville, Daytona, Gainesville, Fleming Island or Boca Raton FL can help.

Money Issues

Perhaps one of the most deadly of the issues that can destroy a marriage is money. Finances, even in the best of times, can weigh heavily on a relationship for many reasons. Whether you have enough money to go around or you can’t seem to make a dollar stretch far enough, it is easy to fall flat in your relationship when you disagree about money. One of the most damning factors relating to money issues is how money should be spent. This is particularly true of couples where each person has been brought up with different financial values. While one person might feel that the money they bring in is theirs to spend, the other may feel that it is community money and every decision must be discussed and agreed upon. Strain from money trouble also has a great foundation in blame. Each of the individuals may feel significant stress about the lack of funds and lash out with blame to the other for the problems. Even the best communicators can end up at odds when it comes to finances.

Sexual Issues

There are many ways that sexual issues can lead to divorce. One of the leading causes for turning to a divorce attorney in Jacksonville, Daytona, Gainesville, Fleming Island or Boca Raton FL is issues regarding sex and sexual compatibility. One of the biggest sexual issues that ends marriages is cheating or dishonesty involving sex. Because sex can play an important role in marriage, from procreation to personal enjoyment, it can also play an important role in what leads to divorce. Sexual incompatibility is a valid reason for divorce in states that require a legitimate cause for the dissolution of marriage. Sexual compatibility is often viewed as an extension of emotional compatibility, and sexual incompatibilities can reveal that an even deeper incompatibility exists in the marriage.

Compatibility Changes

As people grow older they often find that their core values and goals change greatly. When people in a relationship start to change their compatibility can often shift as well, particularly if one person changes and the other remains the same. This change in compatibility can destroy the foundation that a couple has built their relationship on. Suddenly, two people that thought they knew everything about each other and believed they have the same goals, are shocked to find that they simply had nothing in common anymore. These changes are not gender specific and can happen to anyone in a relationship, even with excellent communication skills. People really do change over time and sometimes that pulls them apart leaving the relationship lacking in any substance and basis at all.

Even after trying to confront and overcome some of the factors that can greatly affect the likelihood of divorce in your marriage, you may still find that you are beyond relationship repair. If this is the case you will want to contact a divorce attorney for a consultation. This consultation will provide you with some basic information relating to the laws surrounding divorce in Florida and information relating to timelines for divorce. It is important that you are prepared for your visit with the attorney and that you are open with them about your circumstances in order for the attorney to help you develop a plan of action. With five offices located in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Fleming Island, Daytona and Boca Raton, the firm of Kenny Leigh and Associates is prepared to take you through the necessary steps of divorce. Our firm handles men only and family law only in all of Northeast Florida and South Florida.

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Divorce vs. Annulment

Posted on Wed, Sep 04, 2013

At some point in time, all marriages will end.  It may be that the one spouse passes away or it might be that the marriage is terminated.  In Florida, marriages are ended in one of three different methods: annulment, divorce or the death of a spouse.  End though annulment and divorce will both cause the marriage to end, the similarities stop there.  Florida law mandates what an annulment and divorce is, as well as who can receive one and when the request will be granted.

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Helping Your Child Cope with Divorce at School

Posted on Mon, Sep 02, 2013

Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful situations you have to deal with in life, and if a child is involved, they can often feel like they are caught in the middle or worse. Because they may not fully understand, this unneeded stress can impact their ability to properly function at school. Paying attention to your child's needs by offering consolation and honest explanations is imperative.

Leave the divorce details out of the home setting. Kenny Leigh & Associates, the largest men only family law attorney Jacksonville FL has to offer, will work with you to ensure your divorce has a minimal impact on your child. Both parents should focus as much attention back on the child. Not only does this give mom and dad something positive to focus on, but it reinforces your love for your child and answers any lingering doubts or questions that may negatively impact your child.

Kenny Leigh & Associates family law attorneys recommend that you tell your child about your divorce before telling anyone else in the community. It's much worse for your child to find out about the divorce from kids at school. Divorce can sometimes be embarrassing for children, so work with your child on how to tell their friends at school. Your child is likely to have tons of questions about what's happening with mom and dad. Instead of trying to explain every detail about why you're getting a divorce, attempt to explain it to your child in a way that reinforces your love for them.

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