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Vacationing With Your Ex-Spouse: A Do or a Don’t?

Summer is on the horizon and vacation planning is in full swing. When you’re divorced or separated, family vacations get complicated. At one point or another, you may have asked yourself “Should my Ex and I take our children on a vacation together?” It’s a fair question and honorable that you’re trying to keep some normalcy for the children. It does feel as if every divorced celebrity couple is taking to social media to profess their good-naturedness about their demise of their marriage with “vacation selfies.” As blended families become more commonplace, many dynamics are changing and creating a new [...]

July 21st, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

The Benefits and Risks of Starting a Joint Venture

If you own a business, big or small, you might come across an opportunity for a joint venture (JV). Businesses can use joint ventures to strengthen long-term relationships or to collaborate on short-term projects. A famous and very successful JV was with Google and NASA and their development of Google Earth. However, as with all business dealings, joint ventures do come with some risks. Let’s review the pros and cons of embarking on a JV. The benefits of joint ventures Access to new markets and distribution networks Increased capacity Sharing of risks and costs with a partner Access to greater [...]

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

What is an Emotional Divorce and Why It’s a Bad Idea

There’s nothing more sentimental than to witness the love between two people on their wedding day. Intentions and promises, however, are not enough keep a marriage together. Soon, the complexities that come with personality differences, child rearing, or financial issues can quickly chip away at newlywed bliss. In fact, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. However, some couples are turning to a new arrangement of sorts – an “emotional divorce.” Types of Separation Marital separation is either legal, which involves the court system, housing and financial changes, and custody arrangements if children are [...]

July 8th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

What To Know Before You Sign A Non-Compete

  Think noncompetition agreements are just for top executives? Think again. Though non-competes are often found in high-skill, high-paying jobs, they are now standard practice across industries. From coffee shops to technology recruitment, companies are finding it more critical to protect their market share and intellectual property. According to a survey in 2014, 1 in 5 employees were bound by non-competes, and nearly 40% had signed at least one non-compete in the past. The world is only moving faster so you can imagine that number now is likely much higher. Fortunately, as an employee, you have rights, too. Keep reading [...]

June 24th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

8 Resources for Adoption Funding

You know you want to adopt, but you’re quickly finding that adoption comes at a high cost. There are plenty of financial hurdles in the adoption process, and sometimes the funds don’t come easy. In fact, many people have had to face the devastating truth that they may not be able to afford adoption. Though this can be crushing, you shouldn’t despair if this happens to you. There are plenty of adoption loans and grants in place that help people cover the high costs of adoption. With the help of different foundations and organizations, you can be one step closer [...]

June 17th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

When is a Guardian ad Litem Needed?

A guardian ad litem, or "GAL" serves as a voice for the most vulnerable.  Their primary goal is to find a permanent, loving, and most of all safe home for children in crisis. For instance, children that have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or sometimes trapped in the middle of a brutal custody battle. In a child custody case, a guardian ad litem investigates the parties’ parenting-related allegations and makes recommendations to the judge, such as recommending which party should receive custody (primary care). The judge usually follows the recommendations. Because of this, a GAL can drastically change the dynamic of [...]

June 10th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

5 Tips For Visitation After Divorce

Divorce is a confusing time fraught with uncertainty and upheaval. Sadly, it can be especially difficult when children are involved. In order to make it easier on them, divorced parents must collaborate in order to make the visitation process positive. Show a united front for the children so that they will feel confident and comfortable during this difficult time. Just like air travel, when turbulence happens in flight, we look to the pilot and flight attendants for reassurance. Here are some thoughts and ideas to ensure that your visits are pleasant for everyone. Stay positive. Be upbeat when discussing the [...]

May 21st, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Florida Resources for Children on the Spectrum

Are you wearing your blue this month? April is World Autism Month and, at Thompson Law, we pledge to help increase understanding and acceptance of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We understand the struggles Florida parents face when their children have genuine obstacles that make it difficult for them to grow and learn. Here are some resources that are available to families with a child on the spectrum. Early Screening 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to the 2018 CDC research. More specifically, 1 in 37 boys and 1 in [...]

April 5th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

6 Steps To Start A Small Business

We are a country of dreamers. Great ideas (and lots of not so great ideas) are abundant. Have you ever watched an episode of Shark Tank? So how many of these “great ideas” actually succeed as a business in the long-run? Not many. In fact, only one out of every 10 startups will succeed. That number is bleak and could be discouraging to some bright entrepreneurs, but it’s important to know the statistics and learn from other people’s failures. And while 90% of businesses fail for a whole spectrum of reasons out of their control, we’ve compiled some simple steps [...]

March 28th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

What You Should Know about Marital Property Division

The law recognizes any property or assets accumulated during the marriage as shared or marital. If it comes to divorce, the shared property should be divided fairly and equitably (that doesn’t apply to properties and assets in your ownership before the marriage). You might be wondering about the best way to divide accumulated assets and shared properties. Any reliable and experienced lawyer will tell you that an honest and fair approach is the smartest strategy you can have. The other party may hire a forensic accountant who can track all your hidden assets easily. That may disrupt the chances for [...]

March 20th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

10 Quick Facts about Alimony

If you are looking to find out as much as possible about alimony in several minutes, take a look at our quick facts guide below. 1.      What Is Alimony? Alimony is a form of financial support or “maintenance” that the spouse who earns significantly more pays to the other spouse after the divorce. 2.      Can Alimony Be Temporary? In some cases, the spouses may agree, or the judge may order that the alimony is paid until a certain date. Temporary alimony may also be ordered during the divorce in special situations, such as one of the spouses refusing to provide [...]

March 13th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

When one parent denies access to the children

Florida parents who have a contentious relationship with a former partner may find themselves being denied visitation with or access to their children. While it is uncommon for family courts to deny visitation rights to a parent absent serious questions of neglect or abuse, the other parent might take it upon themselves to do so. In some cases, custodial parents may cite transportation problems, convenience issues or a difficulty working with the other parent's employment schedule. While failure to pay child support can lead to significant penalties, these do not usually include loss of visitation rights. However, an angry parent [...]

February 12th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

Tips for creating an effective parenting schedule

Florida parents who are going through a divorce might need to make a parenting schedule. This schedule deals with when the child is with each parent. If exes cannot agree on an arrangement, they may have to go to court. However, some parents will find that a judge's schedule leaves them with even less child time than they were originally offered in negotiations. Courts generally base custody decisions on the child's best interests, and parents should do so as well. A custody schedule should help ensure that the kid is able to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents. This [...]

January 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

The holidays season after divorce for parents and children

When Florida parents go through a divorce or a separation, the holidays can be hard for them and their children. All of them may be feeling any number of emotions that could include anger, sadness, loss and betrayal. However, parents need to set those emotions aside so they can concentrate on their children and make sure their holidays are happy.Family and friends or professionals, such as therapists, can help parents work through their emotions at this time so they do not direct them at their ex-spouse. It is important that instead of trying to punish the other parent by keeping [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

Divorcing parents consider new take on joint custody

When Florida parents consider divorce, they may be concerned about how the end of their marriage will affect their children. Joint or shared custody is an increasingly popular solution for families and within the legal system. In most cases, children travel between their parents' homes on a regular basis, and their parents share responsibility for and time with the children. However, the transitional period immediately after the divorce can be a harsh adjustment, especially if a move for both parents could mean changing schools in the middle of the year. As a result, many parents are looking for solutions that [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

Parents, visitation and temporary child custody

When Florida parents of minor children are ending their marriage, temporary child custody orders might be put in place. These may become permanent after the divorce is final. There are a number of other reasons temporary child custody orders might be necessary including when a parent is incapacitated, when a parent is financially unable to care for a child or when there have been abuse allegations against the parent. Grandparents, godparents, cousins, family friends or other family members might get temporary custody of a child in these circumstances. Whoever has custody, the order will usually spell out a few important [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

What custodial parents are responsible for

Custodial parents in Florida and across the United States serve as the primary caregiver to their children. However, they generally don't have the right to shut the noncustodial parent out of a child's life. A court may order that the noncustodial parent has visitation or other rights to the child. If a custodial parent wishes to take the child out of his or her home state, the noncustodial parent may need to be notified.Updating the other parent on the whereabouts of the child may be necessary whether the parent is moving or simply going on vacation. In many cases, both [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

Child relocation in Florida

Divorcing with the added variable of a child always makes proceedings so much harder. You are facing the emotional, mental and maybe financial strains of divorce, while also knowing that your child is feeling similar stress. When the divorce is finally finalized, it may seem like the perfect time to get a fresh start in a new town. Don’t be too hasty, though, doing so may violate the law. If you are planning to move as the custodial parent, odds are you will have to obtain permission to do so. This is a law based on Florida's relocation statue which [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

How to create a parenting plan that works best for your children

When going through a divorce, parents often get caught up in “winning” custody of their children. Experts caution that looking at custody this way suggests possession of your children is the goal. It also suggests a lack of focus on what is best for your children. When creating a parenting plan, you and your former partner need to come together and create a plan that puts your children’s needs first. Your children need both parents Even if you are unhappy with your soon-to-be ex, you should not deny him or her time with your children. Research shows children need frequent and [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

How parents determine reasonable visitation

Divorced Florida parents may be granted visitation rights to their children. If a judge says that a parent is entitled to reasonable visitation, it is a sign for both parents to create a plan on their own. This is ideal because it allows them to create a plan that meets their needs as well as the best interest of the child. However, the custodial parent is the one with the leverage in such talks. This is because he or she is under no obligation to agree to any type of visitation plan. The only requirement is that the custodial parent [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog, visitation|

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