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July 2017 Archives

Even folks of average means should not marry without a prenup

Prenuptial agreements have long been popular among couples in the entertainment industry. Only recently have they begun to gain steam among us common folk. While many think they have too few assets to even consider drafting a prenup, more couples are beginning to see them as one of many prudent methods of protecting their individual financial futures.We currently live in an era in which more couples are becoming involved in second marriages. In fact, statistics in 2013 hints that at least one of the spouses that make up newly married couples has been previously married in at least 40 percent of all cases. Many of these spouses enter into the marriages with kids they had with their ex.

How fathers can gain full custody of their children

Family court judges are sworn to uphold the equal rights of both fathers and mothers. At the same time, they are charged with ensuring that their decisions err on the side of doing what's in the best interests of the child. While many judges take this responsibility to mean that it's best for both parents to share custody of a child as opposed to just one, there are some instances in which a judge may legitimately rule a dad is most fit to take care of his children alone.

Your behavior may affect your custody battle

Most of us believe that we are good people, but when it comes to a custody battle, sometimes the worst versions of ourselves come to the surface. In the moment, it all seems reasonable and justifiable, but if you're not careful, you can create great problems for yourself by your own behavior in a custody negotiation. Before you make any drastic moves, or if you feel yourself heading in a dangerous direction, consider these warnings.

How an attorney can help with complex asset division

Every state has different laws when it comes to marriage and divorce. Florida law makes it an equitable distribution state. The courts will try to fairly split all marital assets during a divorce. However, if your marriage included a host of unusual assets, it can be difficult to determine what a fair division of property really is. The courts may look at a variety of factors when determining how to split up the assets acquired during your marriage. These could include custody of children, earning potential and any fault involved with the divorce itself, such as infidelity or physical abuse.

How signing a cohabitation agreement can protect your finances

In today's society, it's quite common for couples to either move in or buy a home together without first getting married. Many long-term couples tend to think that this provides them with some automatic legal rights to make certain decisions in their significant other's life. It doesn't. Unmarried couples must sign a few legally binding documents in order to be able to make certain financial or heath care decisions instead.

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