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The timing of end of marriages in Florida

University research has revealed that the timing of divorce is often influenced seasonally by family rituals and the vacation calendar. According to the study, the number of divorces consistently peaks during the spring and summer months, following winter and summer vacation. It is believed that couples may think that a positive Christmas or summer vacation will help improve their relationships, but then they instead strain a marriage, as they can be stressful times for many couples and families.

The importance of the adoption process

Adoption is an important way to build many types of families. It can be used by heterosexual couples, and gay and lesbians alike, to build families, and it can also be beneficial in other circumstances, including step-parent adoptions. Many non-traditional relationships are important to children during their childhood, such as step-parent relationships. The adoption process allows these relationships to gain legal recognition as many children may develop bonds similar to bonds they share with a birth parent with step-parents and others.

Preparing for divorce mediation

The Florida divorce process can be difficult, but divorce mediation may help, which is why it can be useful to understand the basics of divorce mediation. It is important to be prepared for the process, which many spouses may receive help doing. Divorce mediation may be a choice the couple makes, or it may be court mandated. The circumstances of each divorce, however, are different, so it is important that the needs and concerns of the particular couple are addressed and the couple is prepared to focus on those issues.

The impact of a gray divorce

From 1990 to 2010, the number of gray divorces in the United States has doubled. A 2001 survey revealed 41 percent of men 50 to 59 are divorced and 39 percent of women in the same age group are divorced. Gray divorces are considered divorces over the age of 50 and can have a significant impact on the finances of the divorcing couple. Gray divorces are considered more financially complex than some other types of divorces.

How is child custody decided?

Child custody disputes can be ugly and do not benefit the children which is why it can be helpful for parents to be familiar with how child custody determinations are made and how child custody concerns evaluated. The family law process resolves child custody concerns based on what is in the best interests of the child. What is in the best interests of the child is established after the court considers and evaluates a variety of important factors.

The importance of understanding a divorce settlement agreement

Moving forward following divorce can be challenging. As former spouses progress into the future after their divorce, their divorce settlement agreement can be increasingly important. The divorce settlement agreement can be used to govern a number of important concerns a couple may have following their divorce, regardless of circumstances and how their relationship has progressed pre-divorce.

Understanding the property division process in Florida

Property division can be a challenging aspect of any divorce. Property must be categorized as marital property or non-marital property and marital assets must be divided. The first step in the property division process in Florida as in across the country is to identify all marital assets the couple has acquired during the marriage from the time the couple was married until they separated.

Couples should understand the benefits of prenuptial agreements

A prenuptial agreement can help a couple considering entering a marriage in a variety of ways. They can help couples protect a family business or personal assets. They can also help a couple determine how divorce-related issues will be handled in the event of a divorce instead of having state law determine them, such as the division of assets equitably according to property division laws in Florida, rather than how the couple may want property divided. Prenuptial agreements also have important requirements according to state law so it is necessary to know what the requirements are in the state where the prenuptial agreement is signed.

What is a domestic partnership and how do I form one?

Some couples in Florida may wonder what a domestic partnership is and how one is established in Florida. Domestic partnership in Florida can provide an alternative to traditional marriage for partners who maintain a significant personal, emotional and financial relationship. A domestic partnership can be registered in Florida and it can also be amended or terminated.

Florida women seek child support modification from NFL player

Following the signing of his lucrative NFL contract, two women who have children fathered by NFL cornerback Janoris Jenkins recently brought petitions in Florida for increased child support payments and other benefits. Each woman has one child with Jenkins and entered into a paternity settlement with 27-year old cornerback in 2013. The two children were born in 2009 and 2010. Each of the women filed a petition for modification of their child support orders.