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Taxes and alimony will soon be as concerning as property division

Floridians who are ending a marriage and concerned about the various issues they will face frequently do not consider politics a worrisome factor. However, since new tax laws were enacted in 2017, there are points that people must think about as their assets are divided, marital property is determined, bank accounts are split, and alimony is ordered. Knowing about the pending changes is critical, regardless of the financial standing of the parties.

For people who decide to divorce in 2019, it could prove costlier. Since the ability to deduct alimony payments will end, this must be considered. The former spouse who might have made less money than the other, does not have marketable job skills, or does not have the advanced education to get certain jobs could need the alimony payments to make ends meet as they seek to improve their station or continues to care for minor children. For the paying spouse, this was softened by the ability to deduct it on their taxes. That is no longer the case.

Common ways divorce affects mental health in children

Undoubtedly, navigating a divorce is one of the most difficult life challenges two people can face. They must decide which options to choose from an unfamiliar divorce menu: finance, taxes, retirement, property distribution and child custody, to name a few. If the parents are involved in acrimonious disputes, they may not notice their children are suffering.

It is easy to overlook some common ways children react to the trauma of divorce. Parenting is a demanding job at the best of times. How do parents safely see their children through a dissolution when they are off-balance and hurting inside themselves? It can help to understand that certain feelings and behaviors are common among children during and after a divorce. Most children recover over time through natural resilience and supportive parenting.

Parenting plans, visitation rights and social investigation

There are many factors that go into the determination of the best interests of a child in a Florida case where visitation rights are in dispute. For some cases where the parents cannot come to an agreement on how best to handle the situation, the state must step in. When the issue is the parenting plan, the court can order a social investigation.

This will assess all important details related to the child and the parents. A study might have been done before this, but a social investigation will be done if is determined that the previous study was not comprehensive enough. The social investigation will include recommendations and an explanation of why the recommendations were made. The court can take the information into account when making its decision on how to organize the parenting plan.

Florida college athlete from Lithuania faces battery allegations

Facing criminal allegations in Orlando and across Florida can be a complicated situation. For those who are not from the U.S. and are in the country to attend school, there can be cultural differences that can take time to which to grow accustomed. This becomes even more complex when there are disagreements and the person accused of breaking the law could have his or her life turned upside down by an arrest and conviction. Having legal assistance that understands criminal law is imperative to lodging a defense.

A college student and basketball player from Lithuania was arrested after allegedly threatening a roommate. The student, 23, faces misdemeanor battery charges for issuing the threat and behaving violently. He is said to have gotten upset when he and the roommate were at a tailgate party and he was not acknowledged by the roommate. When the roommate returned to their shared apartment, the basketball player became loud, threatened him, and pushed him against a piece of furniture causing minor injuries.

Florida doctor owes massive delinquent payments for child support

When a Florida parent is ordered to pay child support to a custodial parent, it is not unusual for occasional disputes to arise as to the payments. With delinquent payments, it is problematic because the child's needs might not be met. The failure to pay child support can lead to serious charges for the supporting parent, but some cases are more stunning than others and the failure to pay can cause what is owed to increase exponentially. If there is a failure to pay child support, it is critical to have legal help.

A 67-year-old cardiologist in Florida is alleged to owe more than $4 million in back child support. The amount is so massive that he has become the most wanted deadbeat dad on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' list. He was initially ordered to begin making the payments of $2,500 per month for his two children 24 years ago. When the payments were not made, there was a warrant issued to arrest him in 2008.

Police misconduct can be used as part of a defense

When there is a drug arrest in Orlando, the person facing the charges will automatically turn the focus to crafting a strong defense. However, there are some cases where the entire arrest could be called into question due to the behavior of law enforcement at some point. For those who were mistreated or had their rights violated, it is imperative to discuss this with an experienced attorney.

3 mistakes to avoid after getting charged with a crime

If the police have charged you with a crime, anything from a DUI to drug possession, there are certain things you absolutely must avoid in the aftermath. Engaging in certain actions or behaviors after your arrest can jeopardize your case and cause you even more legal trouble.

Following are three basic mistakes you should avoid after your arrest. Within the explanations regarding these mistakes, there are also suggestions for steps you can take to build a more strategic defense and help your case.

Can the court order mediation for certain child custody issues?

When the parents of a Florida child have a disagreement, it can be problematic. Many cases must be decided by the court. However, it is always preferable for the parents to come to an agreement on their own. Negotiation is better than being compelled by a judge. This is when mediation can be of use. There are certain issues that can be topics for mediation. Understanding when mediation is available and how it is done is an important part of achieving a successful resolution.

The issues that can be settled via mediation include parental responsibility, the child's primary residence, access to the child, visitation rights, and child support. When there is mediation, the fees will be paid by the parent or responsible adult who does not win the case. Their ability to pay will determine how much they must pay.

Dealing with domestic assault charges requires legal help

On a regular basis, there are stories in the news about people being arrested in domestic incidents. They happen in Orlando and throughout Florida far too frequently. These incidents are unfortunate and people who are victimized should always seek assistance. People who are accused of these acts must also remember their right to have a strong legal defense against the charges. The long-term consequences in the legal system and in society are such that anyone facing these criminal allegations can be marked for life if they are convicted. Legal assistance is a must for anyone accused and arrested.

Many people might be under the impression that a domestic assault is only between spouses. It can also involve others, including a person with whom the accused is in a relationship, a family member, and former spouses and significant others. No matter who is involved, there is an understandable stigma against those alleged to have committed domestic violence. When it leads to an arrest, it can impact a person's life for an extended period, if not forever. With jail time, fines and the public record of the incident, it can hinder a person's job prospects and future.

When is a warrant for child custody necessary in Florida?

Child custody cases can be the most gut-wrenching situations Florida parents can face. The best interests of the child are the most important part, but when a child's safety is at stake or a parent refuses to surrender the child, it may become necessary for the state to step in. For parents who are facing this and need a warrant to take physical custody of the child, it is important to understand what the law says and what can be done.

When there is a petition to enforce child custody, the petitioner can file an application for a warrant to take custody of the child. This can be done if the child is in imminent danger or there is a chance that the child will be removed from the state. After testimony from the petitioner or witness and if the court determines that the physical harm or removal is imminent, a warrant for physical custody can be issued.

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