ARTICLES | Divorce Forensics2021-01-23T08:02:04-05:00

Financial Aid with Alimony Modification

Did you get divorced in the State of Florida? Do you pay alimony? Is your business or your income suffering because of Coronavirus? Are you unable to make the same level of income going forward because of the lasting effects of COVID19? Or has the pandemic and consequent lockdown put you completely out of business? Did your former spouse come into a windfall? Perhaps her significant other has moved in with her and they [...]

Isn’t Collaborative Divorce Too Expensive for Regular People Like Me?

I hear all the time that normal people can’t afford a collaborative divorce. Regular people who come to me for counsel on how best to restructure their families (of course, that’s not how they frame it up when they first walk through the door!) tell me this all the time. But collaborative divorce is not just for the rich and famous. I teamed up with Shannon Green, a certified public accountant and collaborative financial neutral [...]

Six Secrets to Be a Valuable Note-Taker in Collaborate Divorce

Those of us who have been through training in the Collaborative process under the one coach model are familiar with the collaborative team. This team consists of an attorney for each party, a financial neutral, and a neutral facilitator. The team is designed to be complete, for each party to have representation, and the neutrals to be able to present unbiased information to each party. The truth is that this is not a complete team; [...]

Steps after the Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) is Signed

Just because the ink has dried on the Marital Settlement Agreement (“MSA”), doesn’t mean everything is settled and you can freely move on to the next phase of your life.  There are many things that need to be handled once your divorce is finalized.  While the list below is not comprehensive, it is a good starting point and may also enable you to think about additional items that may need to be addressed. […]

Child Support: Parenting Plans & Substantial Time-Sharing

The legal standard in every child support case is for the court to approve a time-sharing plan that operates in the child’s best interest. The court will consider several factors to determine this parenting plan, such as financial and daily decision-making responsibilities.  The following is an excerpt from Florida Statute 61.13 pertaining to a parenting plan:  61.13 (2)(b)  A parenting plan approved by the court must, at a minimum: Describe in adequate detail how the [...]

New Trends for Florida Divorcing Couples

Divorcing couples in Florida often rely on the services of a forensic accountant to help resolve their hotly debated financial issues.  When spouses are unable to reach financial agreements, Florida’s domestic relations courts have a duty to determine spousal support and divide the marital assets, which often include the valuation of a business.  The forensic accountant provides business valuation services to assist the court with the proper division of assets and liabilities.  Following is an [...]

Florida Retroactive Alimony Modifications

Recently in Florida, there have been major proposal changes by the Senate concerning alimony support payments for divorcing couples.  On February 8, 2013, a bill was introduced which would have amended the current laws in Florida and called for the elimination of permanent alimony awards in the state.  Alimony is typically a monthly payment that is made to provide for the maintenance and support of a spouse after a divorce.  For long-term marriages, alimony payments [...]

Alimony Changes in Florida

The Tampa Bay Times reported that on May 1, 2013, Governor Rick Scott vetoed a controversial bill to end permanent alimony related to divorce cases in the state of Florida.  In his veto letter to President Don Gaetz of the Florida Senate, Scott explained that he opposed modification of existing alimony law because it would have caused disruption for families.  Scott also indicated that he opposed this legislation since it would be applied retroactively and [...]

Quick Divorce Facts

Divorce rates remain about 50 percent for first-time marriages in the United States, with approximately 3.5 to 5 percent of all marriages ending every year.  Additionally, as reported in, the divorce rate increases to over 60% for second marriages and over 70% for third marriages.  Sadly, two out of three marriages ending in divorce in the United States include families with minor children in the home. (Source: […]

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