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Guiding you through the property division process

While some couples in Florida get married with the intention that it will be forever, the unfortunate reality is that our expectations do not always memorialize. Divorce is a real possibility, with nearly half of all married couples ending their union. Whether it is a mutual step or initiated by one spouse, once divorce has been filed for, both spouses need to take the time to sort though serious, challenging and sometimes complex issues.

For some divorcing spouses, it is very important to them that they leave the marriage with certain assets and properties. While this could be a simple discussion that is sorted through amicably, it could also look like a heavily debated issue, result in a major dispute. At Cruz & Bano, P.A., our experienced attorneys have seen their fair share of disputes revolving around property division. Thus, we are dedicated to helping Orlando spouses assert their rights and resolve these divorce problems.

Do you know the 50-mile rule relative to child custody?

When you and your spouse divorced and established your child custody agreement, you could not look very far into the future. However, circumstances change, and now you have the opportunity to take a new job with more pay and better benefits. The only problem is that you will have to relocate from Orlando to Miami. This is a long distance and exceeds the 50-mile rule.

According to Florida law, you can make a move that is within 50 miles of your current residence without having to alter your child custody agreement. However, you must obtain approval from the court if your move will take you farther than that.

Resolving child support issues in Florida

Parents in Florida and elsewhere will move mountains to protect their children, ensuring their needs are met. This begins even before birth and will continue until they are adults. Even if parents are no longer together, this does not change. Through child custody arrangements, divorced parents are able to maintain the emotional and mental stability of their children. And through child support, parents are able to ensure that their financial wellbeing is cared for.

Establishing child support post-divorce can be a vital task to complete for some parents. However, this is not always accomplished that easily. In the state of Florida, like other states across the U.S., a child has the right to receive ongoing financial support from both parents. Nevertheless, requesting child support, enforcing a current order or even modifying current support obligations can be complex.

Noting the benefits and disadvantages of shared parenting

Parenting comes with challenges. And with challenges can come mistakes that require attention. While divorcing parents might assume they know what is best for their children during and after the process, this doesn't always hold true when it comes to developing a child custody plan. Even if everything parenting related ran smoothly during marriage, this does not mean it will go as smoothly during and after divorce. Thus, it is important to understand what successful and beneficial parenting can look like post-divorce.

Divorcing with children is anything but easy. However, there are steps parents can take to ensure the best scenario for your children. Because it includes a relationship with both the mother and father, shared parenting is often the most ideal child custody arrangement. Today, it has become the norm nationwide, occurring in 75 percent of divorces in some states.

Helping you meet your child custody goals post-divorce

As our blog has previously highlighted, divorced parents in Florida can deal with disputes post-divorce. It is not always easy devising and managing a child custody arrangement. And even when the right tools are provided and used, this does not mean that parents won't want to change a custody order in the future.

Even though reaching an initial custody agreement seems daunting and difficult, parents seeking to modify a current order may experience even more emotional upsets and challenges. Because they have to assert a cause or reason to exercise his or her parental rights, the court must determine if this is enough to alter the life of the child. Because the child's best interests are always in the forefront when it comes to making divorce and post-divorce decisions, it can be a trying task to accomplish.

Creating a calendar to help kids in joint custody

There is no right way or perfect way to parent a child. While we can aspire to do the best of our ability, we can only do so much with the tools we have. For divorcing parents in Florida and elsewhere, parenting can become much more challenging. It is difficult to anticipate how a custody arrangement will actually impact a child, so some parents have to alter the way they parent, even adding more tools to their toolbox.

In a joint custody or co-parenting relationship, it is often best if both parents are on the same page. This means setting a schedule and sticking to it. This means deciding on a parenting plan, when and where drop-offs will occur, when bedtime is and how the child will be disciplined. Going from one house to another on a weekly basis can get complicated for children, especially if they are young. One way to address this concern is by developing a visual calendar.

How alimony works in Florida

Alimony, or spousal maintenance, often numbers among top areas of concern for Florida couples starting the divorce process. People want to know how much they can expect, how long payments will continue and how courts determine appropriate amounts.

While the answers to these questions depend heavily on the specific facts of each case, knowing the general underlying principles can give you a better ballpark estimate of what you can expect. Speaking with your attorney can give you additional information geared to your own case.

Resolving your child support issues during and after divorce

Starting a family is a big decision; however, it is one of the most exciting things we can do in our lives. Even when we are not fully prepared to deal with the ups and downs that come with being a parent, children are still considered a blessing. This view does not change when parents part their ways with divorce. The needs and interests of the children remain in the forefront, meaning that their financial wellbeing must be properly addressed during dissolution.

No matter what child custody arrangement is agreed to, child support must also be decided during divorce. While making financial decisions is never easy, especially when the divorce process requires several to be made, ensuring that a child is well cared for is imperative. At Cruz & Bano, P.A., our experienced attorneys understand that divorcing will children is a challenging time for parents; therefore, we are dedicated to helping Orlando parents meet the best interests of their children when resolving child support issues.

Protecting your rights during the property division process

With the divorce rate remaining around 50 percent, this is a likely life event that couples in Florida and elsewhere will face at some point. While it is not an easy decision to make, filing for divorce can often be in the best interests of both spouses. Even though it is challenging to file the paperwork, that is only the beginning of the tough decisions and actions faced by spouses going through divorce.

One of the most contentious divorce issues is property division. Whether you were married for a few years or several decades, spouses bring various items into the marriage. However, couples are likely to accumulate much property over the course of their marriage. Thus, going through the process of divvying up property and determining who gets what is easier said than done. At Cruz & Bano, P.A., our law firm is dedicated to serving spouses in the Orlando area, helping them navigate the property distribution process.

Understanding the serious nature of assault and battery charges

Assault charges and battery charges are serious criminal charges it is important for accused individuals to understand. Assault and battery charges are oftentimes referred to together or sometimes referred to interchangeably but they are two separate charges which can result in serious penalties and consequences to accused individuals.

Assault charges and battery charges can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony charges and the possible penalties and consequences increase in severity depending on the charge. Under Florida law, assault is a threat, which can be verbal or with action, of violence against another person. Assault committed with a deadly weapon or the intent to commit a felony such as a robbery is a felony itself. For an assault charge, the person threatened must be in fear of imminent violence.

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