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Divorce after 50 can have various impacts on individuals' lives

One can be any age when he or she realizes that a marriage is not working out. For some Florida residents, relationships may have lasted only a few years before coming to an end, and others may have been married for decades. After the age of 50, many people find their lives changed in different ways after divorce.

In a recent report, several individuals over the age of 50 gave their accounts of life after divorce. One woman stated that she was surprised by the impact the divorce had on her adult children who had already left home. The younger children still living at home were able to adapt to the changes more quickly because they saw it firsthand, and the older children continued to feel caught off guard when only coming home to visit.

Understanding limited divorce in Florida

There are various ways around the country to separate from a spouse. Most people are familiar with divorce, annulment and legal separation. However, the state of Florida does not formally recognize legal separation. Instead, couples will need to file for a "limited divorce," if that is the path they wish to pursue. 

Everyone's situation is different, and you need to weigh all your options carefully. Filing for a regular divorce may not be right for everybody, especially if one spouse will still need the other spouse's benefits. Here are the basics of what you need to know about limited divorce. 

Murder charge likely has woman focused on her criminal defense

Ending up in a situation where criminal accusations are brought against someone can be intimidating. When the charges involve allegations of murder, the predicament can seem even more insurmountable. However, even when serious charges like murder are involved, parties have the ability to create a criminal defense.

One woman in Florida will undoubtedly want to find the right help for her case after recently being charged in relation to a fatal stabbing. Reports indicated that the woman's husband had died in June after he was stabbed in the shoulder. The woman apparently gave multiple accounts of how the incident occurred, and inconsistency caused authorities to suspect that she was not telling the truth. In her original account, the woman reportedly stated that she was holding her dog in one hand and had the knife in the other when she tripped and stabbed her husband.

Children may pickup on tension during parents' divorce

Many Florida parents' main goal is to help their children grow up happy and healthy. Of course, major life changes can often hinder the process of reaching that goal, and divorce can have particular impacts on children. However, that impact does not necessarily mean that parents have to stay together for the kids. Instead, they may want to help them through the process as best as possible.

Parents may want to understand that children can pick up on tension between their parents. Therefore, it may be wise to keep as much of the divorce process out of the home and out of the children's lines of sight as possible. They will need to be involved at certain points, but parents should try to avoid fighting in front of the kids or make it seem like the children should favor one parent over the other.

Can you blame drunk driving on the dog?

It's a classic middle school act to tell a teacher you don't have your homework because the dog ate it. One Florida driver apparently wanted to take that concept a step further by telling police officers he did not operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. According to his story, his dog was behind the wheel.

The Smoking Gun reported this summer that police caught a Florida man driving the wrong way on Interstate 95. Court records show that when the cops pulled him over, the man had trouble getting out of the car and required assistance. He was barefoot, and he told the cops he got into an argument with his girlfriend earlier about the dog. The officers reported that they could very much smell the stench of alcohol on his breath, and he claimed he was not behind the wheel of the vehicle but that his dog drove. However, when officers examined his vehicle, they found he was the only occupant.

Parents may have reason to seek child custody changes

No longer getting along is a common reason that individuals divorce. When there are children involved, some Florida parents may have to get along to some degree in order to stay compliant with their child custody orders. However, if situations change, parents may need to revisit their custody arrangements and possibly request alterations to address the personal changes that have occurred.

While pursuing a custody modification may seem like the obvious choice for parents who are unhappy with their current agreements, it is important to remember that the court does not grant alterations lightly. If one parent is moving away, that action may be a reason to have the arrangements reviewed. It still does not guarantee a custody change as the court will look at the reason for moving, whether the current terms would still work and whether changes to the existing order would interfere with the child's life.

Guns can greatly up the severity of criminal charges

Certain things can add a whole new level of seriousness to being accused of a crime here in Florida. One is if a person is accused of having used or displayed a firearm in connection to the alleged crime. For a wide range of criminal offenses, such an allegation can greatly increase the charges and penalties a suspect could be facing. Today, we will go over three examples of this.

3 things to avoid in a high-asset divorce

If you are facing divorce in a high-net-worth situation, you have some particular considerations to make sure you do not neglect. Your financial future is at stake as you move through your divorce, and your settlement will determine the economic parameters surrounding your divorce.

You must not leave anything to chance when it comes to a high-asset divorce. Here are some things to avoid as you move through your proceedings:

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