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Is a Personal Injury Settlement Marital Property in Florida?

The judge in a Florida divorce can only divide assets and liabilities that are considered marital. So, the question then becomes if a personal injury settlement or judgment is a marital asset? The answer to that question is generally no. However, there are circumstances where the personal injury settlement could be considered marital and subject… Read more »

Got property damage?

Your faced with unexpected property damage to your home. You immediately take steps to notify your homeowners insurance company. However, reporting the claim to your insurance company might not be enough. Insurance policies have “duties” that they require of a homeowner when a claim is presented. Thus, it is important to review your insurance policy and… Read more »


5 Reasons You Need a Prenup

There are sexier things to discuss with your future spouse other than a prenup. But it’s a discussion that everyone should have. You plan for retirement, plan to buy a house, and even plan for your death. So why wouldn’t you plan for the possibility of a divorce? It’s frankly the prudent thing to do…. Read more »

Can I Waive Child Support in Florida?

Child support cannot be waived in Florida even if both parties agree. This is because child support is for the child, not the parent, and the judge must act in the best interest of the child. The amount of  support awarded in a divorce is determined by filling out a child support guidelines worksheet that… Read more »

3 Things to Remember When Going Through a Divorce

Prepare for change.   Your life and lifestyle will change. There are only a few cases where the couple has enough financial resources to maintain the marital lifestyle once they live in two separate households. You may be required to cut back on your spending, sell the house, or not take that annual vacation to… Read more »

Divorce: Do You Need A Forensic Accountant?

A forensic accountant is not required in every divorce. A forensic accountant is typically only necessary in cases where there are complex asset portfolios and high net worth. A forensic accountant can help with your high net worth divorce in many ways. For example, a forensic accountant can investigate if funds are being dissipated, hidden… Read more »

4 Tips to Prepare for Your Initial Divorce Consultation

Are you going through a divorce and have an upcoming divorce consultation? Chances are you may be nervous about meeting with your divorce lawyer. You may never had to hire a lawyer before and you don’t know what to expect. Here are 4 tips to help you prepare for your initial divorce consultation. Provide Any… Read more »

4 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Divorce

Divorce is stressful and filled with emotions, so sometimes you’re not always thinking clearly. Grab a pen and paper and write down this list of 4 mistakes you should avoid making in your divorce: Walking Away with Less Than You Should Unfortunately, this happens a lot. You may get tired of dealing with your spouse… Read more »

Enhanced Value Claims: Don’t Leave Money on the Table in Your Divorce

Did you know that you could have an enhanced value claim to the premarital assets of your spouse? Generally, assets obtained by either party prior to the marriage is the non-marital property of that spouse. However, you may have an enhanced value claim to the increased value of a premarital asset that accumulated during the… Read more »

Mandatory Disclosure in Your Divorce

Mandatory Disclosure Mandatory disclosure is the exchange of certain financial information between the parties to an initial or supplemental divorce proceeding involving financial relief. Mandatory Disclosure is governed by Florida Family Law Rule 12.285, which contains a list of the required documents. This list includes, for example, tax returns, account statements, and deeds to real… Read more »

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