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What Happens to my Parenting Plan When my Child Goes Off to College?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Your child graduating from high school and heading off to college is a big moment for any parent. When your child heads away to college – or even if your child opts to stay local and instead attend a community college or vocational program, his or her schedule will inevitably change once he or… Read More »

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Federal Tax Laws Eliminate Alimony Deduction

By Steve W. Marsee |

New federal tax laws that went into effect on January 1 have eliminated the deduction for alimony on federal income taxes. What was once seen as a major incentive for the payment of spousal support is now gone for couples considering divorce. This change in the law, as well as other federal tax law… Read More »

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What Can I Do if my Spouse Refuses to Agree to Pay Alimony?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In many divorces, an alimony order is part of the divorce order. When a couple negotiates their own divorce, they craft their own alimony order – which is easy when both parties agree to its terms, and much less easy when one spouse refuses to entertain the idea that his or her partner should… Read More »

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What Kind of Parenting Plan is Best for a Baby?

By Steve W. Marsee |

When a couple with one or more minor children divorces, a child custody order – commonly known as a parenting plan – is part of their divorce settlement. Every parenting plan created by Florida courts is personally tailored to the child’s specific needs. The child’s age plays a significant role in determining the plan… Read More »

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Do you Qualify for an Uncontested Divorce? Find Out Now

By Steve W. Marsee |

Your divorce does not have to be a complicated, drawn-out process. If you qualify for an uncontested divorce, ending your marriage can be a fairly quick, inexpensive process in comparison to a traditional litigated divorce. Not every couple qualifies for this type of divorce, though. Find out now if you and your spouse are… Read More »

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When Does a Child Time-Sharing Order End?

By Steve W. Marsee |

If you have minor children, a child time-sharing order will most likely be part of your divorce settlement. This type of order ensures that a child has ongoing contact with both of his or her parents after their divorce. Once the child becomes an adult, he or she chooses the relationship he or she… Read More »

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How will my Criminal Record Affect my Child Custody Order?

By Steve W. Marsee |

As any parent with a parenting plan knows, the court tailors every child’s parenting plan to his or her unique needs and circumstances. That means that even if your lifestyle is substantially similar to your best friend’s, your parenting plan could be quite different from his or her parenting plan. When the court creates… Read More »

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What Can Bridge the Gap Alimony Cover?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, there are six different types of alimony that the court can order an individual to pay to his or her former partner. One, temporary alimony, covers the recipient’s expenses while his or her divorce is pending. The other five are paid after the divorce is finalized to help cover his or her… Read More »

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Which Demographics have the Highest Divorce Rates?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Divorce rates are not the same across all demographic groups in the United States. Although a commonly cited statistic is that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, this is actually not an accurate figure. Real divorce statistics are much more nuanced and can vary widely between socioeconomic groups and according to other factors,… Read More »

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Why Would I Need to Modify my Divorce Order?

By Steve W. Marsee |

A divorce settlement is comprised of one or more court orders. These are the orders that state how the couple’s marital property is divided, their parenting plan, their child support amount, and their alimony arrangement. As the years pass after a couple’s divorce, it is not uncommon for their needs and circumstances to change…. Read More »

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