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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 Hurriance 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.

False allegations of abuse hurt you in any divorce

Domestic abuse is a hot issue in some divorces, and it can make or break your case against a spouse. Unfortunately, when you're on the receiving end of allegations, you have to quickly act in your best interests, or you could find that those allegations continue to work against you in the future.

It's an unfortunate reality that false claims of domestic violence do occur during some divorces, especially when accusing the other party is a way of protecting their own interests. For example, it is a classic case that someone who wronged their spouse or abused their spouse might lash out and say that the spouse was the abuser. This isn't fair, but it's seen more often than it should be.

Study: Electronics help relationship for kids, divorced parents

As parents, we're always concerned about our children and their use of electronics. There's the potential for addiction to their devices, exposure to things we don't want them to see online, cyberbullying, and when they get older, distracted driving.

But according to one study, there's a huge advantage for kids who have access to social media and texting: communication with parents after a divorce.

Try these tips for a safe, harmonious child custody exchange

No matter how contentious a divorce is or how soured the relationship has become between an unmarried couple that share children, there is no reason for children to get stuck in the middle between warring adults.

In fact, it's the job of the parents to make kids feel safe and secure, but that doesn't always happen when parents occupy the same space. One occasion that can lead to arguments between parents is during the child custody exchange.

Take care to protect your financial future in a divorce

When you divorce, you might sell your home. Someday, you know you'll build up that savings account again and buy another home in Florida that reflects your new life. However, planning for that future means the past must be dealt with properly.

When you're ready to apply for a mortgage, you must have a clean financial record, and the divorce process can leave you with a fairly messy one if things aren't done right. Your divorce settlement should spell out how debts will be divided, how real estate will be shared and if either spouse will receive alimony. Be sure to discuss the following matters with your family law attorney.

2019 tax laws will affect alimony awards in new year

It's a new year with new laws. And when it comes to family law, there are some big changes for residents of Florida and throughout the United States.

If you intend to divorce in 2019, you'll need to know these law changes.

Learn more about contempt of court and what it means for you

After you go through a divorce, there are court orders that you must follow, in some cases. For example, you may be ordered to pay spousal support or to pay child support. It is an expectation that you pay these on time based on the requirements of your court order.

If you do not do what you're supposed to do, your ex-spouse may file the motion for contempt of court. This motion informs the court that you are not upholding part of the agreement.

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