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Divorce among older Florida couples

The divorce rate among couples over 50 has doubled since 1990, but this is still the age group that is least likely to get a divorce. However, according to a study by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, there are a few factors that might make some marriages in Florida and throughout the country more vulnerable.

How to best make your case for custody

When it comes to negotiating custody, there are certain things Florida parents can do to present their best case for custody. While the outcome cannot be predicted, it is best to keep in mind that courts will always have the child's best interest at the center of their decisions.

How a parent may request back child support

Florida parents who are asking for child support as part of their divorce order may sometimes want to seek retroactive support from the date that the couple physically separated. If the parent who has not paid support is a father, the custodial parent might have to show proof that he is aware that the child is his. Custodial parents may need to show proof that they have attempted to collect support from the other parent and that the parent has not paid.

How long can late child support be collected?

Florida residents who are divorced and receiving child support might find themselves in a situation where some payments are late and their child is about to turn 18. While in most cases child support orders are terminated by the courts once the child attains majority, there might still be a question about the back-owed support.

Collaborative divorce offers an alternative approach

Divorces in Florida and around the country often become contentious, and even spouses who had hoped to reach a rapid and amicable agreement can be dragged into bitter disputes over matters such as property division and child custody. Unpredictable and costly court battles are generally the outcome when couples become so entrenched in their positions that negotiated settlements become impossible to reach, but alternative approaches including collaborative divorce have become more popular in recent years. 

How prenups can make property division easier

Prenuptial agreements are not only for rich couples in Florida with multi-million dollar checking accounts and real estate holding companies. Couples that have relatively modest assets may benefit from prenuptial agreements for a number of different reasons. A prenuptial agreement can allow spouses to set their own rules about alimony, inheritance and business assets so that those matters are not left in the control of the court system in the event of divorce.

Learn different valuation methods

Florida couples going through a divorce may not agree on important matters. One area that is commonly contested is the value of certain assets, especially when a business is involved. This calculation is important because it factors into the split of property that each party will receive.

Negotiating a child support agreement outside of court

Divorcing parents in Florida can sometimes work out child support agreements outside of court. Whether it is done through informal negotiations or alternative dispute resolution, making an agreement about child support payments outside of the family court system can be quicker and less adversarial than relying on a judge to make these decisions.

More women are seeking prenuptial agreements

Florida couples who are considering marriage may be interested to learn that more women than men are demanding prenuptial agreements before tying the knot, according to some legal observers. Traditionally, men have been more likely to ask for a prenuptial agreement in order to protect the property and finances that they had amassed prior to the marriage.

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