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Going Back to School with your Parenting Plan

By Steve W. Marsee |

If you finalized your divorce recently, you and your children have probably experienced a lot of “firsts” this year. As your children’s first summer vacation with a parenting plan draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the next big “first” they have coming up: their first new school year with a… Read More »

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How to Interact with Child Protective Services

By Steve W. Marsee |

Child custody can be a complicated, emotionally difficult topic for parents. In an effort to gain full custody of their children, some parents make false accusations that their former partners are abusing their children. In other cases, parents, teachers, and other mandated reporters genuinely believe that children are being abused and make reports to… Read More »

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Trying to Fix an Abusive Marriage? Here’s What to Know

By Steve W. Marsee |

You cannot fix an abusive marriage. If you are facing domestic violence in your home, the healthiest course of action for you and your children is nearly always divorce. Although it is possible for an abusive individual to change the thought patterns and behaviors that drive him or her to abuse a partner, it… Read More »

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Alimony and Working Off the Books

By Steve W. Marsee |

In many divorce settlements, an alimony order is established to protect the lesser earning spouse from financial hardship after the divorce is finalized. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is determined by examining a set of factors about the couple and each partner’s individual needs. This includes each partner’s current income and employability. In… Read More »

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Summer Time-Sharing Considerations to Make

By Steve W. Marsee |

Many parents opt to include summer vacation schedules in their parenting plans. If you are in the process of creating a parenting plan, or if you are considering modifying your parenting plan, building a special summer vacation schedule into the plan can be an effective way to make summer fun for your child and… Read More »

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How your Age Factors Into the Court’s Decision Regarding Alimony

By Steve W. Marsee |

Today, it is more popular than ever for couples over the age of 50 to divorce. These divorces are known as “gray divorces” and often, involve vastly different considerations than the considerations courts make for divorces among younger couples. How old you are at the time of your divorce can have a significant impact… Read More »

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Which Couples are Most Likely to Divorce?

By Steve W. Marsee |

When a couple gets married, divorce is likely the furthest thing from their mind. But not every married couple stays together for the rest of their lives. Among first marriages, about 35 percent end in divorce within the first 10 years. Not every couple has the same likelihood of divorcing. There are certain factors… Read More »

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How Should my Child’s Parenting Plan Change as He or She Develops?

By Steve W. Marsee |

As a parent, you know children go through stages. It can feel like just yesterday, you were dropping your child off at preschool and today, you are narrowing down college choices. If you are divorced for a long time, you might find that the parenting plan you originally created is no longer appropriate for… Read More »

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What is Bridge the Gap Alimony?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Bridge the gap alimony is one of the six types of alimony order that can be entered under Florida law. It is meant to cover the specific short-term financial needs an individual faces immediately after his or her divorce. These needs can arise because the couple is working through the process of selling their… Read More »

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How Do my Child’s Educational Needs Factor into my Parenting Plan?

By Steve W. Marsee |

When a couple with minor children divorces, a parenting plan is part of their divorce settlement. Parenting plans are legal orders that provide structure for the children’s relationships with their parents after the divorce is finalized. These orders are focused on what the court determines to be in the children’s best interest, which often… Read More »

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