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How drug or alcohol dependencies impact a child custody case

In a case where it can be proven that a parent has developed a dependency on either drugs or alcohol, a judge may require that the parent with the addiction undergoes random drug or alcohol testing.

If the parent is able to demonstrate that he or she can maintain his or her sobriety for a period of time, then the judge will likely order supervised visitation with the child. This is seen as a way to keep the parent in the child's life, something that's critical for his or her development.

What becomes of your business when you divorce?

The divorce rates in the United States are staggering. Recent studies show that, among those who marry for the first time, 52 percent can expect to get divorced. Those who marry for a second or third time have an even higher risk of divorce at 70 percent.

If you own a business, then how that will be divided up when you divorce depends on when it was set up, how it was set up and whether you have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place.

How are retirement accounts handled in a Florida divorce?

Other than your primary home, your retirement account could very well be your biggest asset. Particularly if you or your spouse are nearing retirement age, these accounts may be well-funded and represent a substantial portion of your income over the course of many years. If you are thinking about divorcing, you may worry about the potential impact on your retirement.

That concern is completely justified. After all, unless you have a prenuptial agreement in place, any assets acquired during your marriage could end up divided during the divorce. In general, when couples plan for retirement funds, the amount they expect to live on includes the expenses related to maintaining a single residence, potentially one that is either paid off or nearly paid in full. Splitting the accounts in a divorce can have a profound impact on how ready you are for retirement.

How to protect your inheritance from being split up in a divorce

While marriage is supposed to be all about sharing your life with someone else, not all marriages are meant to last forever. This is why many couples seek to protect their assets from ending up in the hands of their ex if they get divorced. If there's the potential that you'll receive an inheritance during your marriage, then you'll want to take certain measures before you marry to avoid your spouse being able to stake claim to it if you divorce.

One thing you can do to protect an inheritance or a family business that you're expecting to receive is by drafting a prenuptial agreement before you walk down the aisle. If written correctly, a prenup will clearly spell out that you don't want your ex to be entitled to any of your inheritance in the event you two divorce.

How out-of-state moves are handled by family law judges

Family law judges rule on making decisions that are supposed to be in the best interest of the child. From a judge's perspective, though, moving away, whether from your child's other parent, his or her family or his or her friends, might be ideal for you, it might not be ideal for your child's well-being.

What's more, moving away has the potential to restrict the amount of time that a child can spend with his or her other parent. Barring some extenuating circumstances, most child psychologists argue that spending time with both parents ensures your child's proper development.

What role nonmarital contracts play among cohabitating couples

Marriage is so much more than two people who are in love wanting to spend the rest of their lives together. Once you and your officiant sign you the marriage license, you've essentially become party to a legally binding contract that's not easily walked away from. Given that marriage is essentially a type of contractual agreement, it shouldn't come as a surprise that nonmarried couples can sign similar types of agreements as well.

Cohabitation agreements function similarly to prenuptial ones in that they allow those living together to clearly spell out the respective parties' roles and rights in the event relationship ends.

Why shared custody may be in the best interest of your child

One of the first things parents think about when they decide to seek a divorce is how it will affect the kids. While the discussion of what the best custody arrangement is for the child's overall well-being has long been a matter of debate, it's only recently that researchers have begun to feel confident that shared custody is best.

Historically speaking, mothers have often been the parent awarded primary physical custody of a child. Even nowadays, 80 percent of all custody cases end up with the mother being awarded full custody of the child.

What's an ideal visitation schedule for your infant or toddler?

For children less than 2.5 years of age, child psychologists argue this is a critical time age for a parent to bond with his or her child and establish themselves as his or her primary caretaker. At this age, children are just learning to develop trust for others.

Therefore, any lengthy separations between the child and his or her caregiver can lead him or her to regress developmentally or enter a depressive state. It may also result in future separation anxiety.

Divorce and retirement assets: What you need to know

One of the most complicated parts of dividing marital property is splitting up retirement accounts. Some property is easier to divide. For example, maybe you will take the dining room set and he will take the living room furniture. Other property, such as your Naples home and investment accounts, requires complicated calculations performed by appraisers and accountants before you make any decisions regarding division.

While it may seem easier to put off valuing certain property because it seems too complicated and time-consuming, this is really the last thing you want to do. When it comes to valuing complicated assets, such as retirement accounts, it is important to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. To find out more about dividing retirement assets, read below.

Why more millennials are signing prenups than their parents did

They say that opposites attract. And, when it comes to marriage among millennials, it's perhaps because of the fact that they do that many of those couples are making sure to sign prenuptial agreements before they walk down the aisle.

As things are currently trending in the United States, millennial couples are getting married later than previous generations have. When they do, they tend to have already started their own business, begun building their careers or own property. In other words, they have a reason to want to protect what they have been able to amass.

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