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http://www.divorcewithoutdestruction.org

On the link below you’ll find a helpful and informative 20-minute film following a real couple going through a collaborative divorce.

http://video.collaborativepractice.com/video/default.html

Tropical Collaborative Divorce on Topical Currents

10/02/13 – Wednesday’s Topical Currents addresses divorce. A marital parting is usually contentious and painful for spouses, children and families. But must it be? “Collaborative” divorce has gained popularity. Instead of litigation, couples agree to professional legal, mental health and financial experts to resolve differences. Collaborative divorces may also keep former spouses in a friendly state to the benefit of their well-being, as well as their children. Listen to the discussion, featuring Carolann Mazza, here:

http://wlrn.org/post/florida-collaborative-divorce

 

 

 

 

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Wine, Roses and Pre-Nupts: Why Are Pre-Nupts Important?

 

 

When a couple is planning to further their relationship through marriage, much planning goes into it. It is a time of love, happiness, hope and dreams for the future. Why would anyone want to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement (commonly known as a pre-nupt) when they would rather be choosing flowers and tasting wedding cake?

Pre-nupts have gotten a bad rap, I’m afraid. They are often associated with situations in which one spouse has accumulated much wealth while the other is in a less affluent financial state. People often think that pre-nupts exist purely so that the wealthy spouse can protect his or her wealth in the event of a divorce. While that is true in some circumstances, there are other reasons for a couple to have a pre-nupt prior to getting married and pre-nupts are not only for couples

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Same-Sex Couples Starry-eyed in Wanting Marriage Equality?

 

I recently attended a seminar in which one of the presenters spoke about the future of Florida family law and, of course, the discussion turned to one of the most actively and quickly changing areas of family law:  marriage equality and the laws regarding same-sex marriage.  All over the country, states are legalizing same-sex marriage and same-sex couples are finally getting the legal recognition they deserve.

Legal recognition of same-sex marriage comes with both the good and bad.  The benefits that opposite-sex couples enjoy by virtue of their marriages will be enjoyed by same-sex couples, too.  On the flip side, laws that apply to dissolutions of opposite-sex marriages, such as equitable distribution, alimony, parental rights, etc., will also apply to same-sex marriages.  Sometimes the laws are favorable and sometimes they are not; as they are applied by a court may be

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What Kind of Divorce Story Do You Want to Tell?

 

So often, when I’ve told someone that I am a family attorney and that I handle divorce cases, they tell me their divorce horror story.  How the judge did something horrible or how they have been in litigation with their ex forever or how their children are suffering.  How they didn’t feel like they were a part of their own divorce and how it cost them so much money.  I ask them why they hadn’t chosen a collaborative divorce.  And more often than not, after I explain to them what that is, they tell me that its the first time they heard about it.  That no lawyer told them about the process.  Why is this so?  I don’t have an explanation for it; however, I do know that everyone considering a divorce is entitled to know all the options for handling it.  If

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Know Your Rights

One of the most common questions clients ask about their pending divorce is “what are my rights?”.  They usually want to know exactly what they will get or what will happen in court.  Unfortunately, the answer is not so simple.  For example, you may have the right to alimony if the judge believes you have proven that you have the right to it.  Similarly, you may have the right to more timesharing with your children if the judge believes you have proven your right to it. 

You do have many specific rights that are less commonly understood:  for example, you have  the right to choose the way you want your divorce to proceed; you have the right to self-determination and autonomy during your divorce; you have the right to make your own decisions and to create your own marital settlement agreement;  you have the right to confidentiality and privacy;

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