Most couples in Florida who decide to end their marriages look for ways to minimize the emotional turmoil that often accompanies the divorce process. One of the most effective methods is mediation, but not many people understand how mediation works or, more importantly, how it can eliminate much of the anger and recrimination from the divorce process.
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Most Florida divorce attorneys will encourage clients to sign prenuptial agreements if the agreement accurately expresses the parties' intentions and if the agreement is not unfair to either party. Nevertheless, some prenuptial agreements turn out to be unenforceable for different reasons. Some agreements are unenforceable because the parties made a simple mistake, such as not signing the agreement until after they became married, and some are unenforceable because one party tried to take advantage of the other. In the latter situation, the enforceability of the premarital agreement could seriously affect the division of marital assets in the event the couple decides to get divorce.
Baseball star Miguel Cabrera endured the worst season of his career in 2017, and he also faced two lawsuits in Florida courts involving his domestic relationships. The almost-certain Hall of Famer was sued for divorce in Miami-Dade County Court, and for a paternity and support lawsuit in Orange County in a case brought by a woman with whom Cabrera has fathered two children.
Tabloids have been reporting that supermodel Elle McPherson, a resident of Indian Creek in Miami, and her husband, Jeff Soffer, have split up and are getting divorced. These reports have now been complicated by rumors that the pair was never legally married. Soffer is a wealthy real estate developer, and whether the two were officially married could have a significant effect on the division of their assets and whether a divorce proceeding is commenced.
One of the thorniest problems wealthy couples face when they decide to end their marriage is valuing the assets that they jointly own. Assets acquired by a spouse prior to marriage remain the property of that spouse during the marriage, as do assets such as bequests and gifts, and these assets are not affected by the divorce, unless they are comingled with marital property Couples who have been married for a more than a few years may have seen the value of their jointly owned assets increase significantly. Valuing and dividing these assets may therefore be the most difficult issue when high-asset couples decide to divorce.
The wife of British golfer Lee Westwood, Laurae Westwood, has filed for divorce. The papers were filed in Palm Beach County Court even though Westwood is a native of Great Britain. According to news reports, the divorce is expected to be contested both as to the alleged grounds - infidelity - and the amount of money involved.
When most Floridians go through a divorce, they view the entry of the final order as an end to the conflict. In some cases, unfortunately, one or both ex-spouses are motivated to continue the battle. A remarkable example of this phenomenon recently occurred in a divorce in Fort Lauderdale when an ex-wife ended up accusing her former husband and his new wife of fraud and attempting to collect legal fees from the wife.
When Florida residents decide that they must end their marriages they will begin the legal process of divorce. Divorce cuts the legal ties that bind two people together in a marital union and divides their shared property and interests so that they may continue their lives independent of each other. Even if one party to divorce believes that the other is to blame for the breakdown of their relationship in Florida individuals pursue no fault divorces.
"The question is complicated, but the answer is not," explained Justice Stephen Breyer in a recent appeal of a divorce issue. The case before the U.S. Supreme Court is indeed a bit complicated to explain, but basically stands for the principle that federal law trumps state law where they disagree.
If you're going through a divorce in Florida, the judge assigned to your case may urge you -- or require you -- to try to settle your issues of disagreement through mediation before you ask the judge to decide them. The reason is that the Florida courts encourage the use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Mediation and ADR not only save court time and money, but they can also provide a more positive way forward from divorce.