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Broward County Family Law Blog

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.

What are different types of child custody?

Parents may have anxiety about child custody during the divorce process or in other circumstances. They may wonder what different types of child custody arrangements are possible and may want to know what child custody arrangements are common in Florida. This blog recently discussed child custody modifications and the impact of a potential relocation on a child custody arrangement. Because of the strong feelings commonly associated with child custody, it is helpful to understand the basics of child custody arrangements.

Exploring child custody modification options in Florida

Families in general go through many changes and this is no different following a divorce. Job changes, including hours or location for instance, can have a significant impact on parents following a child custody agreement. It is important for parents to understand that they must abide by their court-ordered child custody agreement but that the family law process also serves as a resource if they need to ask the court for a child custody modification.

Understanding marital and non-marital property

Assets that a couple acquires over the length of a marriage can fill a long list. Assets can include homes, cars, investment accounts, pension plans, stocks, bank accounts, businesses, life insurance, or personal property the couple owns. When assets are divided, liabilities are also considered. Once assets and liabilities are listed, it is necessary to determine which assets are considered marital property and which are considered non-marital property.

Former NFL player faces jail for failure to pay child support

It is important to remain current on child support payments or promptly seek help from the court when you are having difficulty making them. A former NFL linebacker is facing jail time in Broward County for failure to pay child support. The former football player is potentially facing six months in jail for failing to pay nearly $382,000 in child support payments and medical bills for his 4-year-old daughter. According to court records, his daughter, who has cerebral palsy, is also blind.