How to Get Divorced in Florida 

Most couples who get divorced in Florida use the regular dissolution of marriage process.  This process requires that certain paperwork be filed in the Florida court and certain information be shared between the spouses.  In limited circumstances, some couples are eligible to get divorced in Florida through a simplified process. A South Florida spouse begins a divorce action by filing a petition for dissolution of marriage, usually with the help of a family law attorney.  This petition is filed in the circuit court in the county where either spouse resides.  In the petition, the spouse states the reason for wanting the divorce, such as...Read More
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How Is a Divorce  and the 401K Handled? 

In Boca Raton, retirement plans are typically considered marital property.  This includes pension accounts, annuities, Keoghs, IRAS, 401k plans and other deferred compensation plans.  As such, these plans and benefits are subject to equitable distribution even though they are in one spouse’s name.  With a divorce and the 401k, you must take into consideration this form of distribution.  The value of the 401k is based on the portion of the fund that has accrued during the marriage and until the valuation date. To determine the value of the 401k in divorce, the party must compare the current value of the account from the...Read More

Considerations for the Creation of a Parenting Plan in Florida 

Recognizing that children fare better when their parents are cooperative in raising their children, family courts across the country are restructuring how custody is viewed and treated with more and more states going to a parenting plan arrangement.   A parenting plan in Florida provides information pertaining to how parents want to raise their children.  Specific information regarding their education, religion and extracurricular activities may be included.  However, the primary focus of a parenting plan in Florida is how time will be allotted with each parent. When drafting a parenting plan for a Boca Raton family, it is important to consider many things.  The primary consideration...Read More

July 12th 11:30AM – 1:00PM

LIVE FORMAT CME (Teleseminar/Webinar) "All I really need to know I learned from the Financial Affidavit PART II" (1.5 Family/General) Moderated by: Deborah Beylus, FAPM Member & Stanley Zamor,  FAPM CEO/President          The Financial Affidavit is the most important document to use in mediation for the mediator to identify and understand the issues facing the parties in a pending family case. It is relied upon to calculate child support, identify the assets subject to equitable distribution as well as determine whether alimony is necessary. When used correctly, a mediator can determine non-financial issues about the parties as...Read More

Child Custody Mediation: Arriving at the Best Solution for Your Family

Individuals who do not want to hand over their power to a judge to determine how custody should be handled may opt for child custody mediation in South Florida.  This process allows the parties to come together and work through their problems with the help of a third-party neutral experienced in conflict resolution.  At the end of child custody mediation in South Florida, the parties can have a customized agreement that is tailored to the needs of their family.  Some ways to arrive at the best solution possible include:  Consider the Needs of the Children While divorce and child custody...Read More