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What can a person expect from a premarital agreement?

They are usually known as prenuptial agreements, but Florida law considers contracts on how to manage a marriage or a divorce to be a "premarital agreement." These documents can be very useful in the case of conflict or separation.

What does a premarital agreement help in the case of divorce?

Is mediation right for my situation?

Realizing that your marriage is heading towards divorce can be a confusing and overwhelming period of life. You might have preconceived notions of what divorce looks like, and may even be imagining dragged out court battles in which you and your ex fight over the smallest details. However, it does not have to be like this, and a peaceful approach to divorce might even be easier than you imagine.

When using an alternative method of dispute resolution, most couples in Florida can reach agreeable solutions to their issues faster and cheaper than if they had gone to court. Here is what you need to know about mediation and when to negotiate.

Improving your chances for a successful custody order

If you and your child's other parent have not been able to reach a custody agreement that satisfies everyone, you may be heading to court. Unfortunately, this means you may be giving up a lot of the control you may have had over the decisions affecting your child's custody.

You can take certain steps to improve the chances of reaching your goals in front of a judge. When everything else is equal, sometimes it is the little things you do that can have the greatest influence on the court.

Good fortune child support is never guaranteed

Money isn't everything, but many things in life are easier for people with money. It doesn't take much money to get married, but it can cost a lot to get divorced. Some people in unhappy marriages, particularly parents, are often concerned that a divorce or separation would ruin them financially. When it comes down to it, the process can either be easier or harder for people based on their expectations.

Very few people complain they have access to too much money during a divorce proceeding. But one thing that can throw off the calculations of child support is a spouse with a very high income or level of available assets. A judge may authorize a child support payment higher than generally calculated for the basic needs of a child. This is usually known as good fortune child support.

Can alimony help spouses through the difficulties of divorce?

Divorce is one of the most stressful events in a person's life if it happens, and there is little protection from the stress even when most points between spouses are uncontested in court. But one of the most stressful parts of the process is navigating unknown territory because no one gets married ever expecting to deal with a divorce.

How much does a divorce cost?

Money and infidelity in Florida divorces

Divorce is often confusing beyond the emotional turmoil that the event may cause. Parents will need to work out the best ways to support their children, and homeowners need to address the realities of moving on materially. But one thing that comes up in nearly every divorce is the matter of money.

Divorces are often more complicated when more assets and properties require division between former spouses. This can be very difficult to deal with -- even if both parties have legal representation -- when the divorce is an emotional issue for at least one of the spouses.

Why would parents pay more child support than normal?

Once parents get through the difficult and complicated process of deciding child custody during a separation or divorce, the process of deciding what a non-custodial parent should pay is far simpler in Florida. There are some exceptions to the Sunshine State's child support schedule, and a few reasons they would apply to a child's parents and family.

  • How does a court decide if different levels of child support are warranted?

Chapter 61 of Florida's state statutes cover the amounts that a paying parent would owe the custodial parent for child support based on their monthly income. Another section of this chapter lists "deviation factors," which are the legal reasons to require a different amount than stated in child support schedules from a parent.

  • What are the deviation factors recognized in Florida?

How do prenuptial agreements smooth the path to marriage?

Most people bring a significant amount of personal property and assets to a marriage, especially if they are marrying later in life. Many people who are engaged for the second or third time have learned a valuable lesson about what to expect from divorce. But all potential spouses could benefit from a prenuptial agreement.

How many marriages involve a prenuptial agreement?

Which children get good fortune child support?

Good fortune child support may not seem like good fortune to the high earner in a separating couple. Parents always want the best for their children, and sometimes, courts can mandate that parents must provide it.

Why does good fortune child support exist in Florida law?

Alimony can be a lifeline for divorcing spouses

Many Floridians are concerned for their financial future after a divorce. In the case of many dependent spouses, alimony can be a vital lifeline to spouses looking to get their lives together as independent people. Regardless of the effects of divorce, no one should go through it without support.

What is the purpose of alimony?