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Mediation could help you reach a child custody agreement

Despite your feelings about your husband or wife, you love your children. If your future former spouse feels the same way, you may decide to put aside your feelings for each other in order to reach a custody agreement that benefits the children and with which you are both satisfied.

Perhaps you attempted to work such an agreement out by yourselves but it didn't go well. Your negotiations broke down into an argument. Now, you wonder whether you can continue to work together and fear that you could end up in court relinquishing the control over the future of your family to a well-meaning judge who knows nothing about your family. Fortunately, there is another way.

Inheritance funds may spark conflict during a divorce proceeding

Divorce can understandably be tough emotionally. However, it can be just as difficult financially, particularly if you and your future ex-spouse cannot find common ground in areas such as the division of property. This property may range from real estate and cars to the money in your shared bank account and even your retirement plan funds. 

When it comes to the division of property, a question that commonly arises is whether one of the spouses has the right to receive a portion of the other party's inheritance if the inheritance came during the course of the marriage. Here is a look at how the state of Florida handles inheritance funds during divorce.

Does everyone really need a will?

Some Florida readers may think that, since they do not have an extensive estate or a lot of wealth, they do not really need a will. A will is not something that only the rich and famous need, but rather something that benefits everyone, including you. If you do not have a will, you would be prudent to consider the benefits of taking this step.

A will is not something that you do only for yourself, but also for your loved ones. It can provide peace of mind regarding the future and allow you to decide what will happen to your estate after you pass. You worked hard to earn your money and build your estate, and you have the right to decide what will happen to it, regardless of its size or value.

When are stepparents able to adopt their stepchildren?

Adoption is a beautiful way for Florida parents to grow their families. Some adoptions involve a stepparent walking through the legal process in order to adopt his or her stepchild. This is not always an easy process, but you may explore how this type of adoption could be the most optimal choice for your unique family.

Adopting a stepchild is not always an option. It can be quite complex to secure the right permissions and to secure all requirements, but if you believe that this could be the right choice for you, it is beneficial to make the effort to fully understand the process required to meet this objective.

3 ways to potentially save time and money during divorce

Going through divorce means that you will have many important family law decisions to make that could have considerable impacts on your life. Because finances can cause substantial impacts, you may wish to pay particular attention to the choices made during property division proceedings. Additionally, looking for ways to take short cuts during your legal proceedings may not always produce the outcomes you desire when it comes to saving money.

Because you may feel particularly emotional due to the nature of these legal proceedings, you may want to ensure that you fully assess each aspect of your case. By remaining focused, you may have a lesser chance of making hasty decisions that could negatively affect your future.

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.

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