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How does someone become a guardian for a disabled adult?

Imagine this scenario: You have a close cousin. The two of you went through high school together, but in your junior year, she became disabled after suffering severe injuries in an auto accident. Her parents have approached you about becoming her successor legal guardian after they pass away.

You are not opposed to the idea, but you're unsure about the responsibilities or how to go about taking on a guardianship role.

Here is a basic overview of a guardian's role and the law in the State of Florida.

Family members with Alzheimer's: Is it time to plan ahead?

Perhaps your parent just received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and you are wondering about what the future holds. If the two of you have not yet discussed subjects like health care directives and powers of attorney, now would be a good time.

Legal documents to consider

When your goal is to prepare for what might happen as your parent ages and Alzheimer's symptoms become more pronounced, having important legal documents in place will help ease the worry and stress for you both.

Are you ready to adopt your stepchild?

 

Stepchild adoption is often the next step in forming a merging family unit. However, in many cases, it is not a decision made lightly. Succeeding in the role of a stepparent is the first step. Then, certain conditions must be met before the adoption will be officially approved.

How divorce may affect home ownership

Florida couples who are getting a divorce might own a home together. One person might want to keep the home or may want to buy a new home, but doing either of these could be more complicated than the person initially realizes.

The person who wants to keep the home should make certain that the decision is a sound financial one and not an emotional one. A number of factors should be considered. The person should think about the appraised value of the home, income, whether or not it is possible to refinance the home, and whether there are alimony and child support obligations or payments, among other issues. Consulting a mortgage specialist may be helpful.

How being in the military may increase divorce risk

According to career website Zippia, first-line enlisted military supervisors have the highest divorce rate by the age of 30. This was determined by analyzing the Census Bureau's Public Use Microdata Sample data. Those in Florida or elsewhere working in this field had a divorce rate of 30 percent by the age of 30. Overall, those working in the military had a 15 percent divorce rate by the age of 30.

There are many reasons why those serving in the military may be susceptible to divorce. In some cases, it may be because of time spent away from home, time spent working in dangerous conditions and a lack of pay. According to the journal Population Economics, divorce rates increase when spouses spent each month away from each other. In addition to time spent apart, the mental toll of being in the military can cause issues within a marriage.

Are you ready to adopt your stepchild?

Stepchild adoption is often the next step in forming a merging family unit. However, in many cases, it is not a decision made lightly. Succeeding in the role of a stepparent is the first step. Then, certain conditions must be met before the adoption will be officially approved.

Why do divorcing couples choose collaboration over litigation?

If you are contemplating divorce, you may be wondering about the best avenue to take to get out of your marriage. A court proceeding is the traditional way in which most people carry out divorce, but there may be a better way for you.

The collaboration process has been gaining in popularity, largely due to its many advantages over litigation. If you believe that you and your soon-to-be ex can fashion a reasonable divorce agreement, the collaborative process may be just what you are looking for.

What research says about same-sex marriage

In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in Florida and the rest of the country. The court ruled 5-4 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that limiting marriage to heterosexual couples would be a violation of the 14th Amendment. While only 37 percent of Americans were supportive of same-sex marriage in 2007, that number increased to 62 percent in 2017 according to a Pew Research poll.

Although support has generally increased for same-sex marriage, not all demographics support it equally. Of those who are not affiliated with a religion, 85 percent say that they favor same-sex marriage while only 68 percent of white Protestants and 67 percent of white Catholics support it. Among black Protestant Americans, 44 percent agree with this concept. Millennials are also more likely to be supportive of same-sex marriage compared to those in previous generations.

Shared parenting after a divorce

Although many Florida parents who divorce end up in an arrangement where one parent has primary physical custody and the other gets some form of visitation, parents' rights advocates say that pursuing shared parenting may lead to better outcomes. According to a study conducted with 150,000 subjects and later published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, shared parenting has the most beneficial impact on children's health due to the reduced stress it places on kids.

Shared parenting proponents also note that public attitudes are shifting. Surveys in some states revealed that most people hold the opinion that in cases where neither parent is unfit and domestic violence isn't a factor, custody ought to be shared.

Parties often involved in a collaborative divorce

You and your spouse do not have to part on good terms to agree that neither of you wants to go to court for your divorce. While that means you have to work together, it does not mean you have to hammer out the details without help.

According to a study reported by the American Bar Association, mental health professionals, financial professionals and specially trained attorneys are often part of a collaborative divorce.

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