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Preparing for divorce with prenups: is it overkill?

Whether or not to create a prenuptial agreement may be among one of the many decisions you and your soon-to-be-spouse may be wrestling with as you prepare for your big day. In the minds of some couples, a prenuptial agreement is unnecessary unless you are rich and famous. Still other couples in Florida do not believe contemplating the possibility of divorce before they are even married is such a great idea.

The reality is that divorce is sometimes inevitable, as sometimes couples grow apart or end up having irreconcilable differences. In these cases, prenups can come in quite handy. These legal agreements offer a wide range of benefits.

What is shared parenting, and is it right for me?

Shared parenting is pretty much what it sounds like: after a divorce, both parents continue to share the decision-making and responsibilities that go into raising their child. This means discussions about schooling, healthcare and even things like religion and extracurricular activities are decided on as a team. It also means the child gets to spend more equal amounts of time with each parent, which typically makes for happier children and happier parents.

How to help your children cope with divorce

Parents divorce for many reasons, but for kids, growing up in a home rife with tension and unhappiness it is far more damaging than the effect divorce has on them. However, researchers in the United Kingdom suggest that kids raised in a single parent home are more apt to experiment with smoking and alcohol at the age of 11.

Does this mean that you should stay in an unhappy marriage "for the kids?" Not at all. The impact of kids growing up in intact, but unhappy marriages is a real concern. Some believe that children who grow up in an unhappy two-parent home will most likely find themselves in similar marital problems. Parents know their kids deserve happiness throughout their lives - not just during childhood.

Five Reasons to Consider a Living Revocable Trust

People often wonder whether to create a will or to establish a trust when they are planning what will happen to their estate. Despite the fact that the decision may seem strictly financial in nature, it's also deeply personal. There may be strong reasons to lean one way or the other, so it's definitely worth considering all of your options. Here are some things to know about creating a living revocable trust.

How to survive the holidays with joint custody

Getting through the holidays with kids can be a big challenge as it is, but when you're sharing custody, things get a little trickier. It's lonely to spend a holiday on your own, but your child deserves the opportunity to create meaningful memories with your ex as well.

What can parents do to make the holidays more enjoyable while co-parenting with an ex? Follow the tips below and create a plan to get prepared for the upcoming holiday season.

How to protect your business during divorce

Two of the most exciting times in a person's life are getting married and starting a business, but these two events are often very different. Although there are plenty of business efforts that are intended to be a joint effort from the beginning, the business ventures of one spouse is sometimes better off if it does not commingle with the marriage.

In many cases, an individual has already established their business long before the marriage, and they want it to remain theirs even after the "I do's"

How a prenuptial agreement can protect you

Prenuptial agreements are a difficult subject to discuss. However, they provide a multitude of benefits that can protect you and your future spouse in the long run. A prenuptial agreement might not be romantic, but it is one of the best ways to protect assets and specify how a marital estate will be divided in the event of a divorce.

While the decision to enter into a prenup is a personal one, there are some unique benefits. Here are several advantages of a prenuptial agreement and the protections that it can provide you.

Changing child custody during the school year

Child custody arrangements with school-aged children can be difficult. Parents have to re-arrange schedules, coordinate meetings, and be available for much more than just evenings at home. However, sometimes issues arise in the middle of the school year that requires even further changes.

Maybe one of the parents gets a new job and has to move, a previous custody agreement gets modified, or something else occurs that requires a change in parenting plans. Here are a few things to consider if you are forced to make changes to a child custody arrangement during the school year.

Florida laws on mental incompetence may affect divorce cases

Being deemed mentally incompetent by a court could lead to considerable complications in a person's life. He or she may no longer be able to make many decisions on his or her own, and as a result, a guardian may be appointed. However, if that guardian is a spouse and the deemed-incompetent individual wishes to get a divorce, state laws could come into play.

Florida residents may be interested in such a case currently taking place in another state. Reports indicated that an 88-year-old man wants to divorce his wife, who was also appointed as his guardian. The man was declared mentally incompetent in 2008, though the man objected to the ruling. The wife believes that the man is easily taken advantage of when it comes to financial schemes, and the man claims that some bad financial decisions were used against him. 

Amicable divorce possible for low-conflict Florida couples

If Florida residents come to a point in their marriages where one or both individuals feel that the relationship is coming to an end, they may believe there is no hope for saving it. As a result, divorce is often seriously considered. However, if individuals feel that the time has come to end their marriage, broaching the topic could set the tone for how the process is carried out.

If one individual springs the idea of divorce on his or her spouse in a hostile manner, the bar could be set for considerable conflicts throughout the proceedings. One or both parties may become defensive and feel that the option for an amicable approach was never given. However, if individuals calmly discuss the desire for divorce and the reasons behind that decision, the entire process may move forward more smoothly. 

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