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Following a financial plan for your children is key after divorce

Divorce brings a lot of changes to a family -- often two households and kids with one parent one week, the other parent the next.

While issues between the adults led to a divorce, they undoubtedly both love their kids and want what's best for them. That starts with being dedicated to co-parenting -- and that includes developing a financial plan for your shared kids. That can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be if you're both committed to providing for your children.

Set clear guidelines for communication with a co-parent

Communicating with an ex when you have a co-parenting relationship isn't always easy. You have to set appropriate ground rules at the start of the journey. These must be mutual guidelines and should always be followed by both parents. These can be included in the parenting plan you set up with the help of your Clearwater attorney so that everyone is clear on what is expected.

It is easy to think that lack of communication will only harm your ex, but this isn't always the case. Your child might be impacted by the situation. It is possible that one parent will miss important events. When it comes to medical care, it is especially important to be committed to complete communication. There is a chance that your child might end up with duplicate care, such as two sets of immunizations, if you don't have open communication.

Strong economy can lead to divorce among higher earners

Money long has been known to lead to stresses between couples, then often to divorce. However, it isn't just relationships among people in lower income brackets who argue over money. In fact, people who are well-off often financially also can find themselves divorcing, too.

A strong economy -- like the one we have now -- generally leads to higher incomes. That can lead to more divorces.

Here's why it's important to create a temporary parenting plan

In Florida, a parenting plan will be required to be filed with your divorce decree. But what happens to the custody of the kids while the divorce is pending?

That's where a temporary parenting plan comes in. It settles where your child will live and how you and your ex will parent during the divorce. The temporary plan remains in place during the course of the divorce, and that can be as long as six months.

Kids' phones should reassure, not rile, co-parents

It's in the best interest of children if parents get along after a divorce. But one small thing – something only a bit bigger than a deck of cards – is causing big rifts between parents.

Their child's smartphone.

Florida judge rules in favor of mother in 'good fortune' case

The former mistress of a star baseball player has won a significant judgment in her child support case.

The Florida woman, who had two children with Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, had asked the courts to make sure her children were supported financially in the same manner as the three children he shares with his wife are supported.

The do's & don'ts of protecting your finances during divorce

Divorce is a very difficult process to go through. It is both emotionally and physically draining and can certainly bring on high levels of stress. However, you can take the edge off and bring smoother sailing to the typically rough waters of divorce. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can get through your divorce and be ready for a fresh start.

Finances play a big part in most divorce settlements. Who will keep the house in Clearwater? Will you get alimony? Will the settlement be enough to maintain your current lifestyle while you adjust to the new status quo? Here are a few do's and don'ts to help you protect your finances and get through the divorce process.

Increase in divorces expected months after Hurricane Michael

Tragedies and disasters that strike families often lead to divorce. Now, months after Hurricane Michael hit Florida, a spike in divorces is expected.

A review of the court records in Bay County, the epicenter of Hurricane Michael, shows that divorce rates slightly decreased in the five months after the hurricane, compared to the same time period the prior year.

Florida lawmakers could discuss alimony again this session

A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill that would end what is known as "permanent alimony" in the state.

Gayle Harrell, a first-term state senator from Stuart, Florida, is sponsoring a bill that would overhaul how alimony is awarded. There is no companion bill in the state House of Representative so far, and her proposal has not been given to a committee for review.

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