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Estate Planning for Families with Children

One reason some people develop estate plans is to deal with possible estate taxes.  The need for this kind of planning was reduced for most people when the estate tax exemption was increased to $11.58 million per person in 2018, but there are other important things you can accomplish with estate planning for your spouse […]

Collaborative Divorce for High Net-Worth Families

There are some divorces in which you are able to settle all of the issues quickly and easily, often without attorneys. There are Florida Supreme Court approved forms online with many of the forms you need to complete a divorce, including a form marital settlement agreement, parenting plan, and divorce petitions. In cases where there […]

STALKING, EMOTIONS, DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW

In a recent appeals court decision in Minnesota, the Court decided that the State’s telephone stalking statute was unconstitutional, because it was “facially overbroad”, i.e. because in addition to penalizing conduct which could appropriately be labelled as criminal, it could be read as also penalizing 1st Amendment free speech, protected by the U.S. Constitution. The […]

Non-Competition Clauses and Collaborative Divorce

Continued from Part I, Non-Competition Clauses and Valuing a Business in a Divorce. Part I of these posts addressed general issues in business valuations, and some of the special issues in valuing a business for a divorce. Which brings us to the main topic of these posts, how a buyer’s requiring a non-competition clause as […]

Non-Competition Clauses and Valuing a Business in a Divorce

One of the significant issues in some divorces is valuing a business operated by one spouse. A business can be a valuable asset, and valuation issues can be complicated and produce a fair amount of dispute. Before getting into non-competition clauses as part of the sale of a business, and how they relate to valuing […]

ATTRIBUTIONS OF MADNESS AND BADNESS, AND COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE

Although I’m not sure this happens for all divorcing couples, an article in Psychology Today explains that hating your spouse at some point during a divorce is common and normal. Writings out of the Mental Research Institute in California, I believe back in the late 70s/early 80s, described it in terms of “attributions of madness […]

Don’t Push Each Other to the Limit

A Tampa television station recently reported on parents seeking to relinquish custody of their children, in order to get them mental health services within Florida’s dependency system. Although fights in Florida family courts between parents are more frequently over who gets custody or more time-sharing, rather than parents relinquishing custody, the Tampa story reflects how […]

COMMUNICATING THROUGH COLLABORATIVE LAW

An article came out recently listing several apps which can make communication between divorced spouses or separated parents easier, especially communicaton about children’s issues. One of the things I like about the collaborative law process is that it can be a good start for parents with conflict regarding children’s issues to begin communicating differently, to […]

Time-Sharing or Child “Custody” in Florida

An issue has recently been addressed in the courts of another State that no longer arises in Florida, whether it is possible for parents to have joint custody or for there to be “co-domicilliary” parents — the phrase used in the litigation in Louisiana where this recent case arose, Hodges v. Hodges. Florida in it’s family law […]

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