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How to break the news of a divorce to children

Despite a decline in the nationwide rate, divorce is still a highly prevalent part of modern American society. This may be why two Florida lawmakers introduced a bill that would make it a requirement in the state for engaged couples to read materials about how to have a healthy marriage. That way, people know what they will get into once they tie the knot. 

Even though the lawmakers have good intentions, divorce will continue to impact people from all walks of life. For the time being, parents just need to know how to help navigate their children through this difficult time. It is critical to know how to properly break the news to your children so that they can begin adjusting to this new way of life. 

Getting even is not the goal of an effective divorce

When people are having a hard time, it can be easy for their judgment to be clouded. As a result, they may end up regretting certain decisions they make later because they did not fully think through them. When it comes to divorce, making hasty decisions can cause a number of problems, so avoiding that issue is wise.

If Florida residents are worried about making the wrong decisions in these circumstances, they may want to set themselves on the right path by keeping their emotions out of the process as best as possible. Though they may feel hurt, angry, frustrated, disappointed or any number of other emotions, working through those feelings outside the courtroom is smart. Finding a way to handle those emotions, like getting a hobby or seeing a therapist, could help them remain realistic while in the courtroom.

Communicating about child support may help parents

Money can be a touchy subject for many Florida residents. It is a common reason that married couples fight, and even after individuals get divorced, financial obligations like child support can keep them tied. In some cases, making support payments can seem frustrating, but it is often a necessary obligation.

When making support payments, it is typically helpful to maintain open communication with the other parent. It is not always easy, but if there is a change in circumstances regarding one parent's finances, it is likely that the other parent will find out one way or another. For instance, if the paying parent gets a raise, it could mean that support payments could increase. If a parent tries to hide this information to avoid an increase in the payment amount, he or she could end up having to pay back support when the information does come to light.

Arrests and convictions can have effects on immigration status

Being an immigrant can have its pros and cons. Some people may have come to Florida and other parts of the United States from other countries for school, work or to build new lives entirely. Unfortunately, if an immigrant is arrested and convicted of a crime, it could have serious effects on immigration status.

If an immigrant is convicted of a crime, he or she could face a number of consequences. In addition to whatever sentence is handed down by the court after the conviction, the person could also face denials of future visas or entry into the United States, deportation from the country, denial of immigration benefits and delays in obtaining visas. In many cases, crimes that are not necessarily considered serious for U.S. citizens could have more serious outcomes for immigrants.

Criminal defense needed against child abuse charge

It is generally a smart move for anyone facing criminal charges to learn more about his or her particular situation. It may also help accused parties to understand what the legal proceedings will entail as their cases move forward. A lot of work can go into creating and presenting a criminal defense for any type of charge, and having the right information could go a long way.

One man in Florida may be hoping to learn as much as possible about his case after recently being taken into custody. According to reports, day care workers reported the man for abuse after they noticed a 3-year-old boy with burns on his back. Authorities looked into the report and purportedly determined that the man had poured boiling water on the child after he accidentally urinated on the floor.

Child support has many elements

Ending a marriage means making many decisions. In some cases, parents may be able to make some decisions for themselves, and in other instances, the court may have to step in to nail down certain details. For example, it is common for the court to issue child support orders when parents divorce.

Some Florida parents may not know much about paying support other than it is necessary and can depend on the child custody order. Typically, if one parent has physical custody of the children, the non-custodial parent will make support payments to that parent. However, child support may also be necessary in joint custody arrangements with each parent paying a certain amount. Of course, the outcomes depend on the specific circumstances of each case.

A DUI conviction has serious repercussions for your future

You may see nothing wrong with driving home after having a couple of drinks with friends to celebrate an upcoming interview for a long-hoped-for job opportunity.

However, if you drive erratically and law enforcement pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, your future may not look as rosy as it did earlier in the evening.

Feeling in control can help some individuals through divorce

Ending a marriage is a difficult process. Florida residents going through this experience will likely face a great deal of stress and a number of questions as they work to complete their cases. Though divorce can certainly take its toll, some individuals may want to focus on helping themselves get through the proceedings.

Though the legal aspects of divorce can seem confusing, it is important that individuals remember that they are in charge of their own cases. Having help is advisable, but even if a person obtains the assistance of an attorney, that legal professional still works for the person going through the divorce. As a result, that person has the final say in the courses of action taken during the process.

Criminal defense may involve challenging DNA evidence from shoe

The ways in which authorities determine suspects involved in criminal acts can seem unbelievable in some cases. Still, if certain evidence points to a particular person, that individual could end up charged with a crime. If so, it may be worth reviewing that evidence to determine whether challenging it could work as part of a criminal defense presentation.

One man in Florida may want to contest the evidence against him after recently being taken into custody. Reports indicated that earlier this year, two men broke into a register at a mall kiosk in efforts to steal money. Two workers attempted to stop the two men, and they all became involved in a physical altercation. One worker fell to the ground and was being kicked by a suspected, and the worker was able to grab the suspect's shoe before both men ran.

Extra compensation may be worth protecting during divorce

Many people enjoy bonuses and other perks as part of their employment. They undoubtedly appreciate the benefits they receive in return for their hard work, but these benefits could have downsides later. For instance, if Florida residents go through divorce, this extra compensation could affect the outcomes.

If a person receives perks as part of the job, it is possible for the value of those perks to play a role in property division or even spouse support calculations. For example, if a person receives a company car as a perk of the job and can use it for personal affairs, it could be a factor in property division. The car itself cannot be divided, but the value of the car could lead to the other party having a stronger claim to other assets or a stronger argument for more spousal support.

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