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Florida candidate embroiled in post-divorce mess

A woman running in a hotly contested race for a congressional seat in Miami is battling not only her opponent in the November election but the ghost of her divorce.

Eight years ago, the woman and her husband, an area home builder, divorced. They married in 1999 and began to accumulate properties in the Miami area and took out loans on at least eight properties. They took on the debts as individuals instead of forming a corporation.

Be prepared to discuss financial issues post-divorce in Florida

Discussions about money between spouses don't end when they divorce.

In fact, as long as they are parenting children together, ex-mates in Florida and across the United States will have to talk about finances.

Cautions about splitting debts in a Florida divorce

Anyone who has been through a divorce knows just how long, tough and emotional a divorce can be in Florida and throughout the United States.

Child custody. Child support. Property division. Spousal support. Splitting the bank accounts.

Custody agreements for children with special needs are complex

Having a child with special needs is a challenge that many parents face. When the stresses of life impact your marriage and you call it quits, you are faced with an even bigger challenge. You have to figure out how to handle the child custody matters in the way that keeps your child's best interests as the primary focus.

The terms of a custody arrangement made in these cases will need to include specific information about what the child needs. There are many different factors that can come into the picture, based on the child's known needs and expectations. Here are a few that you might have to consider:

How to ensure successful shared custody

Sharing custody of your children is never easy, even if you and the other parent have a decent relationship. Deciding on holidays, birthdays, vacations and weekends can be challenging. There's so much that needs to go into a shared-custody agreement in order to make it a success and we will discuss some of it in today's post.

One of the best ways to make this arrangement a success is to establish a strong line of communication between you and the other parent. You don't have to talk to each other daily or even face to face. Just make sure that you agree to a form of communication and stick to it. Don't take forever to answer questions.

How do you divide high-priced items in divorce?

Going through a divorce is never easy. One of the most difficult parts of the entire process can be dividing high-priced items. This can include the home, your cars, artwork, collections and any other high-priced item that you might have acquired during the marriage. So, how do you divide these big-ticket items when getting divorced?

One of the first things you should do is create a list of the items that you want to keep after the divorce. This can be a car, a piece of artwork, certain pieces of furniture and much more. Look over the list and determine the items that are most important to you.

Smart ways to use your alimony payments

Receiving alimony payments from your former spouse can help you immensely as you try to get back on your feet as a single person. You need to make smart decisions with this money. It shouldn't be used to simply throw around and enjoy a good time in Florida. You need to be very smart with the payments so they last until you are able to find employment.

Pay the rent or the mortgage when you receive these payments from your former spouse. This is especially important if you haven't secured employment yet, or if you haven't been able to move to a new job with higher pay. You need a place to live and if you can't pay the rent or the mortgage, you will have quite the problem on your hands.

Potential signs that divorce could be in your future

Divorce is a word that no one wants to hear their spouse utter at any point in a marriage. It doesn't matter if you've been married one month, one year or 50 years; hearing your spouse say he or she wants a divorce is demoralizing. You immediately begin to think about what went wrong and how you could have done things differently. Here are some potential signs that divorce could be in your future.

A big sign that there are serious issues in your marriage centers around intimacy. There are two forms of intimacy and the disappearance of one or both can be a major factor in getting divorced. If you lose emotional or physical intimacy with your spouse, there is a big disconnect that could very well be too difficult to repair.

Yes, you will have to split your retirement in a Florida divorce

Whether you've been married for the majority of your life or only for a few years, divorce is never easy. It is very likely that you and your spouse do not agree about a fair way to split up your assets. Unless you have a prenuptial agreement on record or can work through mediation to find agreeable terms, the courts will likely end up deciding how to split your assets.

In Florida, the general standard for asset division is equitable distribution. The courts will look at the circumstances of your marriage, as well as other factors, and do their best to divide assets and debts acquired during your marriage in a manner that is fair and equitable to both parties.

How can I cope with emotional abuse in my marriage?

Emotional abuse is a serious issue that many couples deal with during their marriage or cohabitation. This kind of abuse can be caused by either person in the relationship, and it can be just as bad as physical abuse.

Emotional abuse is a form of domestic violence that can lead to serious consequences if not handled before it gets out of control. So, how can you cope with emotional abuse in your marriage?

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