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Be aware of the role of Bitcoin in property division

Technology has truly changed the way that Florida residents live, work and play. The sheer volume of advancements is staggering, but it should be noted that not all technology is used for morally or ethically correct purposes. For spouses who are preparing to divorce, it is important to understand the role that Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrency options can play during property division efforts.

Bitcoin is a type of digital financial service that individuals can use to achieve a far higher degree of anonymity than traditional banking institutions provide. With Bitcoin, users sign up for an account, where they can then deposit or transfer sums of money. Those assets are then held in the account until the user is ready to withdraw the funds or make purchases using their stored digital currency.

Tips for crafting a reasonable child custody agreement

When it comes to negotiations, many people hold firm beliefs about the best way to proceed. Often, those beliefs include opening negotiations with demands that are completely unreasonable, so that there is room to move toward a more acceptable solution. Such an approach may work in the business world, but in the realm of child custody negotiations, it is better for Florida parents to take a more measured and reasonable approach.

Parents who begin negotiations by asking for everything are only setting the stage for a long and often expensive legal battle. It is important to keep in mind that the courts are tasked with making decisions that are in the best interests of the child, and that means maintaining a relationship with both parents. So, trying to negotiate a visitation schedule that denies one parent a fair and reasonable amount of time with a child is a losing proposition.

Adoption vacated in difficult child custody case

When biological and adoptive parents square off in a court of law, there are often no real "winners." These are among the most difficult child custody cases to come before the courts, in Florida or elsewhere. An example is found in an ongoing struggle between a biological father and the prospective adoptive parents of his young daughter.

The case is complicated, largely due to the fact that the father was incarcerated at the time of his child's birth. The baby was taken from the mother after traces of benzoylecgonine and cocaine were found in her system after birth. Her father was incarcerated on charges related to bank notes/coins, fraud, contempt of court and a probation violation. The little girl was placed into the care of a foster family, who later sought to adopt her.

3 points single moms must know about child custody and vacations

All parents who are planning vacations have issues to work through. However, single mothers have some challenging issues to face. Spring break is just around the corner. Now is the time to make your vacation plans. Even if you will stay home, you should make plans for your children since they won't go to school during the holiday.

Child custody case focuses on fraudulent adoption practices

Few Florida custody battles are more distressing than those that involve a fight between biological and adoptive parents. In those matters, both sides are deeply connected to the child caught in the middle, and there is no truly "good" outcome. An example is found in a child custody case in which a father is fighting for the return of his infant twins, both of whom were placed in the care of other families without his knowledge or consent.

The man had been briefly involved with the twins' mother when the children were conceived. However, she told him that she had undergone DNA testing, and that he was not the father of the children. It was not until the babies were 6 months old that the mother told the man that he was, indeed, the father. By that time the infants had been placed with two different families, one of whom is in the process of adopting the child in their care.

Jesse Jackson Jr. prepares for high assets divorce

Florida readers may be aware of media coverage of the high profile divorce between former United States Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson. The couple are in the early stages of what looks to be a bitter high assets divorce. In a recent move, Jesse Jackson Jr. has subpoenaed a former police superintendent in the matter.

The couple were in the news in recent years after they were accused of misappropriation of funds that were intended for Jackson Jr.'s campaign. Both accepted plea deals in response to those charges, and did time in prison. In fact, Sandi Jackson was still serving her sentence when her husband filed for divorce. The couple are at odds over where their case should be heard.

Sealing the records in a high net worth divorce

Some Florida residents are following the divorce between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. As with so many celebrity divorces, there are a number of lessons that can be learned from the example being set by this high profile couple. One of the most impactful aspects of their divorce case is the fact that they have recently agreed to have their records sealed, meaning that the public will have no access to the details surrounding their case. For non-celebrities who are preparing for a high net worth divorce, it is important to understand that such a move is not limited to celebrity couples.

Asking that divorce records be sealed provides a number of important benefits. For one, it eliminates the risks of having the family's net worth and financial details made public. Many people are concerned about the risk of identity theft, fraud and other financial crimes, and a divorce lays a couple's financial information out for all the world to see. 

High net worth clients and inherited businesses

For those Florida residents who have been fortunate enough to inherit a business, maintaining control over the related assets is a top priority, especially during the course of a divorce. That can be a challenge, depending on whether the couple have entered into a marital contract. Business assets are treated differently from more traditional types of inherited wealth, and high net worth clients should take the time to familiarize themselves with how an inherited business would be treated in the event of a divorce.  

When an individual receives an inheritance, he or she is usually entitled to keep those assets in a divorce, as long as the assets are not combined with marital wealth in any way. However, business assets fall under a different set of rules. Absent any form of prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that directly addresses business assets, a portion of the value of the business can be subject to property division.

Tips for coping with a stressful child custody case

Going through a custody battle is not something that many Florida parents are able to predict. When things go south and a child custody fight ensues, it can be incredibly stressful for all involved. It is important for parents to find ways to cope during this challenging time, in order to preserve their own mental health, and to be there for their kids. The following tips are offered in the hopes of assisting that process.

One of the most important things to remember when faced with a custody case is to take good care of one's health. It may seem like the last thing that should be on an already busy to-do list, but self-care is critical during a trying time. Unless a parent is adequately nourished, rested and fit, it is difficult to sustain the energy needed to care for children and attend to legal matters.

Will I lose my inheritance in a divorce?

If you inherited a considerable amount of money during your marriage, you might have some trepidation about getting a divorce for fear that you will lose part of your inheritance. For example, maybe your uncle died and left you $1 million in his will. Although you were married, you were the sole heir of this money and your spouse's name was never mentioned. The way this money will be handled in asset division proceedings will depend on what you did with the money after receiving it.