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Star of The Big Bang Theory Files for Divorce

By armitchell on October 15, 2015

Florida Alimony Bill

Television star Kaley Cuoco and pro tennis player Ryan Sweeting are getting a divorce. According to a publicist for The Big Bang Theory star, the couple will split after 21 months of marriage. According to CNN, they dated for only three months before getting married in late 2013. It is unclear what led to the divorce, or if the actress had a prenuptial agreement. Cuoco is currently on the Forbes list of highest-paid actresses for her role as Penny on nine seasons of the hit CBS show.

Celebrity and high-end divorces are not the same as regular divorces. Individuals in a high-end divorce need an attorney that can protect their real estate, business interests, intellectual property, and stocks. Some cases involve difficult financial matters, including bank accounts in foreign countries, properties in several states, and business interests. Unless there was a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement, dividing assets can become a headache.

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Saving Money During Your Divorce

By armitchell on September 12, 2015

Florida Divorce

Divorces are expensive and stressful. The last thing you want to do when you are going through something so emotional and life-changing is worry about the costs of litigating your divorce. Anything you can do to reduce your expenses and save money should be considered. Some couples try to finalize their divorce with limited attorney involvement in an attempt to save money on litigation fees. In truth, having an attorney guide you through the divorce proceedings can actually speed up the process and save you money.

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Dividing Property During a Florida Divorce

By armitchell on July 27, 2015

Florida Property Division

It is a common misconception that property is always divided up evenly during a divorce. Florida law requires the division of property to be fair and equitable, but there are many factors that may affect who gets what. A judge may even find that an equal division is unfair and award one spouse should receive a larger portion of the assets or debts.

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I’ve Changed My Mind About Getting a Divorce: Can I Stop It?

By armitchell on May 12, 2014

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means that one spouse can file for divorce simply by contending that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” This can happen whether your spouse wants a divorce or not. However, what if you have filed for divorce, but have changed your mind? Can you stop divorce proceedings in Florida once they have been started?

The answer is: it depends.

In Florida it can be a simple proposition if both people in the marriage agree to stop the proceedings. The spouse that filed for divorce can file a form called a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal (NVD). However, if you petitioned for divorce and your spouse filed a counter-petition, you simply cannot file an NVD and expect the case to end there. The other spouse must agree to stop the divorce by filing his or her own NVD.

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Florida Is A ‘No Fault’ Divorce State, But What Does That Mean?

By armitchell on January 27, 2014

Gainesville Divorce AttorneyYou may have heard the term ‘no fault’ bandied about when it comes to divorce in Florida, but do you really know what that means and what its implications are? Does this mean that your spouse is off the hook if he or she commits adultery?

Simply put, the “no fault” rule eliminates the need for either spouse to state a reason as to why they are seeking a divorce. A spouse simply needs to state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” to be able to proceed. Basically, this eliminates the need for a spouse to prove that adultery, for instance, led to the dissolution of the marriage.

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Collaborative Divorce: Divorce Doesn’t Always Have To Get Ugly

By armitchell on September 23, 2013

Florida Family LawWe have all heard of contentious and ugly divorces. Those are the ones where a couple fights over every little detail, cost an arm and a leg to settle, and can take months or even years to complete.

Many couples in Florida don’t want to go through the hassle or the expense of a long, drawn-out contentious battle and are choosing an alternative: collaborative divorce.

So what exactly is collaborative divorce?

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George Zimmerman’s Wife Seeks Divorce

By armitchell on September 9, 2013

Claiming that George Zimmerman left her marriage and her life shattered like a “bunch of pieces of broken glass,” after his acquittal in the high-profile Trayvon Martin case, Shellie Zimmerman has filed for divorce from her husband of six years.

The divorce petition, which was filed in Seminole County, stated, “The marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken.”

Speaking to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Zimmerman said that her husband has stayed at the couple’s house for only three or four days since his murder acquittal less than two months ago. She stated that they tried marriage counseling, but the strain put on the marriage during and after the trial was too much to overcome.

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The Graying of Divorce: The Post-50 Divorce Rate Skyrockets

By armitchell on July 17, 2013

Gainesville Divorce AttorneyA study conducted by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio has revealed that while divorces among younger people leveled off, split-ups between couples over 50 doubled in the decade of 1990 to 2010.

The lead researcher of the study said that the result was surprising. “In 1990, only 1 in 10 divorces were people 50 and older. Now it’s 1 in 4,” she told the Chicago Tribune.

The lead author attributes the increase of divorce among older Americans to there now being more seniors in the general population; to more women with careers who don’t feel they have to stay in a marriage for financial support; and to the lessened stigma attached to divorce.

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Alimony Bill Vetoed By Florida Governor Rick Scott

By armitchell on May 6, 2013

Florida Alimony BillApparently, governor Rick Scott had to think long and hard before he issued an eleventh-hour veto of a controversial and emotionally charged bill that would have radically changed the face of Florida divorce law. He vetoed the bill just hours before it would have automatically become law.

Citing that SB 718 was disruptive for families and could have yielded unfair and unanticipated results, Scott explained in a letter, “I have concluded I cannot support this legislation because it applies retroactively and thus tampers with the settled economic expectations of many Floridians who have experienced divorce.” Read the rest »

Farah & Farah Passes on Some Tips to Get Through a Divorce

By armitchell on January 23, 2013

Getting through DivorceThe Jacksonville family law attorneys at Farah & Farah realize that going through a divorce can be a stressful and complicated time for our clients. Our experienced legal team recently uncovered an article in Divorce360.com that revealed five tips designed to help those who are anticipating going through a divorce. They are:

  1. Be Honest with your attorney. It is important for you to be upfront with your lawyer about all aspects of your marriage — from property to parenting. Being honest assures that no unexpected surprises about you come up in a divorce hearing or trial. Read the rest »

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