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Four Benefits of Resolving Your Divorce During Mediation

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The family courts in Florida are notoriously backlogged, which is why all divorce cases must go through mediation before they enter litigation. During mediation, both parties will meet with their attorneys and a neutral mediator. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication and compromise between the couple to resolve the issues of… Read More »

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The Five Types of Alimony in St. Lucie County

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Many states have amended their spousal support laws, making alimony more like child support. For example, in Illinois, a formula which considers the length of the marriage and the incomes of both spouses usually determines the amount and duration of payments. But Florida law is still quite subjective, especially regarding the duration of payments…. Read More »

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Common Mistakes in Divorce, and How to Avoid Them

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Every divorce case will present its own unique set of challenges. Although some of these difficulties are unavoidable, others arise due to mistakes made by the people going through the process. If you are going through a divorce, it is essential that you avoid these errors so you do not hurt your case and… Read More »

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Common Defenses in Domestic Violence Cases

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Being charged with domestic violence is very scary. Fortunately, being charged with the offense does not necessarily mean that you will face any consequences. Innocent people are charged with domestic violence every day in Florida, and many of them are found innocent. One of the most important things you can do after being charged… Read More »

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The Financial and Emotional Costs of a Divorce

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In Florida, the average cost of a divorce is about $15,000. But the average cost of a divorce is like the average cost of a house or a car. There is so much difference between the low end and high end that an “average” figure is almost meaningless. Nevertheless, a divorce almost always costs… Read More »

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Classifying and Dividing Property in a Florida Divorce

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Like most other jurisdictions, the Sunshine State is an equitable division jurisdiction. A divorce property settlement must divide property in such a way that the divorce is not an unfair financial burden for either spouse. Property division begins with property classification. On its face, Florida’s property classification rule is rather straightforward. Debts or assets… Read More »

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Classifying and Dividing Property in a Florida Divorce

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In some states, divorce almost always results in a 50-50 property division. But Florida is different. The Sunshine State is an equitable distribution state. The marital estate, which includes both debts and assets, must be divided equitably. That’s not necessarily the same thing as an equal division. Furthermore, in Florida, a divorce cannot be… Read More »

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Top 10 Property Division Factors in a Florida Divorce

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Most jurisdictions, including Florida, are equitable division states. The marital estate, which includes both assets and debts, must be divided in such a way that the divorce is not an unfair financial burden on either party. There is a strong informal presumption that a 50-50 division fits the bill. But an equal division is… Read More »

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Practical Timesharing Solutions in a Changing Environment

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Spring 2020 coronavirus restrictions might be ending, but the changes this virus wrought might have been permanent. These changes include the way we work and the way families interact with one another. Traditional habits, such as 9-to-5 workdays and every-other-weekend timesharing arrangements, might be on the way out. In many cases, these changes were… Read More »

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Calculating the Amount and Duration of Spousal Support Payments in Florida

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Many marriages, but certainly not all of them, end in divorce. Many marriage dissolutions, but certainly not all of them, involve spousal support payments. Florida has a rather broad alimony law, but nevertheless, judges only order these payments in limited circumstances. That’s especially true of long-term alimony. Obligors (people who pay support) and obligees… Read More »

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