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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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Four Signs It is Time for Divorce

By Steve W. Marsee |

Your marriage might not last your lifetime. This is just a fact, not a judgment or an omen or an attempt to push you toward filing for divorce. Sometimes, difficulties arise in marriages that the couple just cannot overcome, like infidelity and substance addiction. Other marriages end because the partners simply grow apart, each… Read More »

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What are Good Reasons to Modify an Alimony Order?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In many cases, the alimony order the court enacts when a couple divorces is no longer appropriate for them years after the divorce is finalized. Lifestyles and personal needs change and evolve over time, and when this happens, either partner can petition for the court for an alimony modification. In order for the court… Read More »

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Making Financial Preparations for your Divorce

By Steve W. Marsee |

Once you and your spouse have determined that your marriage is over, it is time to start planning for your divorce. There are a lot of things you can do before you begin the divorce process to make it easier for yourselves. One is to each start working with your own divorce lawyer shortly… Read More »

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Determining your Child’s Best Interests

By Steve W. Marsee |

When the court develops a parenting plan for a child, it considers a set of factors about the child’s lifestyle and needs to determine the plan that most effectively serves the child’s best interests. In most cases, it is in the child’s best interest to continue having a consistent relationship with both parents. The… Read More »

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How to Prepare for your Uncontested Divorce

By Steve W. Marsee |

If you and your spouse meet certain criteria, you can complete an uncontested divorce. This type of divorce, also known as a simplified dissolution of marriage, can save money, save time, and reduce the amount of conflict you and your partner face during the divorce process. Getting divorced is stressful, and even couples who… Read More »

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Changes are Coming to How Alimony is Taxed – What You Should Know

By Steve W. Marsee |

You have probably heard that a new tax code is coming our way. What you might not have heard is how it will affect all new alimony orders entered after it takes effect. In short, here is what will change for divorcing couples: alimony payments will no longer be tax-deductible for paying spouses, and… Read More »

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Can my Child Choose His or Her Parenting Plan?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In a word, no. Your child’s parenting plan is created according to what the court deems to be in his or her best interest, and to determine this, it considers a series of factors about your child’s needs and both parents’ lifestyles. Your child’s preference is one of the factors the court may consider,… Read More »

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