Having a child can be one of life's greatest joys. Yet, Floridians often find themselves dealing with legal issues that threaten their relationship with their children and their ability to adequately provide for them. Sadly, fathers' rights are often threatened through these processes. When a child is born out of wedlock, women are generally considered a child's custodial parent. Women are sometimes favored with regard to custody arrangements during the divorce process. However, regardless of one's gender, it is important to understand the basic legalities of paternity, as it can have a profound impact on child custody and child support matters throughout the course of a child's life.
The divorce process is important for a number of reasons. Perhaps chief amongst them is the fact that the outcome of many divorce legal issues can rewrite one's financial standing. Poorly negotiated and litigated marriage dissolutions can leave individuals facing financial hardship post-divorce and, by that time, it is often too late to remedy the situation. This is why matters like property division, child support, and alimony must be aggressively dealt with when necessary. This week we'll take a quick look at the different types of alimony that can be awarded in Florida.
A prenuptial agreement can be a great way to ensure financial security prior to entering into a marriage. These documents, which essentially equate to a contract amongst soon-to-be married couples, can lay out various terms pertaining to property division in the event of divorce. It can also address alimony payments. This means that those who have a prenuptial agreement can enter into their marriage knowing exactly what is at stake in the event that a marriage fails.
Child custody can be complicated even when both parents remain cordial after a break up. You want your child to spend a fair amount of time with each parent. The law provides guidelines for events like long weekends and holidays that intend to help both parents evenly share the child’s time over the course of the agreement.
Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at some of the challenges related to divorce's property division process. There can be a lot on the line when dealing with retirement accounts, primarily because these are oftentimes the largest assets held by a couple. Marital debt can also be significant, though. If these matters are improperly handled, then a Floridian can find him or herself strapped with burdensome debt with little financially stability. This is a divorcee's worst nightmare.