Elin Nordegren happy in Florida after divorcing Tiger Woods

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Going through a divorce when you have children isn’t easy. When Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods were going through their high-profile divorce, they had two children to think about. In a recent interview, Nordegren says that she tamped down the animosity with Woods just for the children’s sake. Now, she says they have come to a place where they respect each other.

Florida residents might remember some of the details of the divorce. Woods was found to be a serial cheater, which led to the divorce that was finalized in August of 2010. Nordegren walked away with a $100 million settlement.

She says that she and Woods now have a relationship that is centered around their two children. She calls him a “great father.” She is living in Florida, dating a billionaire and raising the children. Woods is dating Lindsey Vonn.

Nordegren admits that there was some hurt when she would attend events for the children when Vonn and Woods were also there. She said she never suspected anything was going on with Woods during those 3.5 years he was being unfaithful.

The Woods-Nordegren relationship shows that putting the best interests of the child at the forefront of a divorce is vital to ensure that the children have two parents who love them. Anyone who is going through a child custody battle might need to take that lesson to heart. Because child custody battles are emotional, it is easy to lose sight of what is important — the children’s happiness.

Knowing your rights as you go through the divorce and child custody hearing can help you to ensure that you get a settlement that helps you as start over. It also helps to ensure that your children have what they need to learn to live their new life with divorced parents.

Source: The Washington Post, “Elin Nordegren on Tiger Woods: ‘We are doing really good’” Cindy Boren, May. 22, 2014

Spike in silver divorce caused by a variety of factors

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Some senior citizens in Florida are part of a growing group that they probably never thought they would be in — silver divorce. A recent study by demographers at a university shows that while the divorce rate has gone down or remained consistent for some groups, in the aging “silver” population, that divorce rate has suddenly spiked. In fact, the rate of divorce per 1,000 women age 65 and older has gone up to around five times what it was in 1970.

Some are attributing this spike to one spouse suddenly deciding to divorce after the children are all out of the house. That, however, is one of the many reasons why this population might be heading to divorce court. Another plausible reason is that as a whole, this group isn’t going to deal with a lukewarm marriage. Mediocrity seemingly isn’t acceptable for them. Finally, the mainstream acceptance of divorce seems to have come into play because the stigma of divorce that was present in the past is not present now.

For some senior citizens, being married to a second or subsequent spouse is the reason for the divorce. Ex-spouses and adult children from previous marriages might place a strain on the new marriage, which could lead to divorce.

No matter what the reason for the divorce, it is important for this aging population to make sure that they are protected during the divorce. Knowing about asset division is one way that they can make sure they have the best possible settlement that will help them as they try to enjoy all life has to offer them for their remaining years.

Source: The Daily News Online, “Suddenly single: Boomers lead the way in silver divorces” Ana Veciana-Suarez, May. 05, 2014

Child custody cases in Florida cannot use foreign law

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A new measure was passed in Florida to make it so that foreign laws and all related articles are not going to be legally usable in court cases. Specifically, this change will have an impact on child custody cases, divorce cases or child support cases.

The proposal passed through the House, meaning that it has been sent on to the governor. It passed in the House by a vote of 78-40.

The only time that foreign law could come into play, under this new policy, would be if the law did not take away any of the rights that the parties on both sides have in the United States and under the laws in Florida. A judge would have to examine the case to make sure that those rights were not violated.

Those who opposed the bills said that it was not necessary to put it into law. They wanted the supporters to show when foreign laws had even been used, implying that it was something that did not happen often. Some opponents felt that the law was aimed at Muslims and that it was little more than an insult.

The bill will not be used in many cases, such as those involving businesses or those where state laws are overruled by federal laws.

If someone is involved in a custody dispute, this law could have a realistic impact going forward, so it is good to be aware of the changes to the law. As noted, it will not change many cases, but it is never wise to overlook anything that could come into play when fighting for custody rights and the best interests of a child.

Source: 610 KDAL, “Florida legislature forbids use of foreign law in state court” Bill Cotterell, Apr. 30, 2014

Wal-Mart heiress sues husband over business asset discovery

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An heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune has filed for a divorce from her husband. The divorce case and civil lawsuit that followed show just how important it is for Florida residents to have a prenuptial agreement and to know exactly what is going on with their finances during a divorce. This is especially important when business assets are part of the divorce.

The heiress filed for divorce from her husband citing irreconcilable differences. The two have been married since 2004. She will pay the man alimony based on a prenuptial agreement the two signed. Now, the heiress has filed a civil lawsuit that alleges her soon-to-be ex-husband has been stealing money from a company the two own.

The couple purchased a shopping center in 2011. They hired Rosch Company, LLC to complete a renovation and expansion project on the shopping center. Her husband is listed as a vice president of the company’s Florida branch on a business listing from 2008. That Florida branch isn’t on the company’s website and currently has an inactive filing status.

In her civil lawsuit against the man, she claims that he hired a friend as co-manager for the shopping center. She says they both made themselves general managers of the project at the shopping center. She alleges that they aren’t qualified for these contracting positions.

She alleges that her husband is being paid $250,000 annually to manage the shopping center project. On top of that, he is also collecting other fees. She alleges he and his co-manager friend increased their monthly fees to $70,000 from $15,000.

The Wal-Mart heiress is doing what she needs to do to protect herself during the divorce. For couples that have joint business ventures and who ultimately divorce, knowing exactly what is going on with the business is important. Without knowing what was happening financially with the shopping center project, this heiress might have stood to lose a lot of money just because she filed for a divorce from her husband. He allegedly has become greedy despite her agreeing to pay him alimony.

Source: The Malibu Times, “Report: Wal-Mart Heiress Files For Divorce, Claims Husband Funneled Money Through Malibu Shopping Center” Knowles Adkisson, Apr. 22, 2014

Man going through divorce liable for estranged wife’s accident

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When going through a divorce, one of the big obstacles that many couples have to deal with is property division. As you and your spouse begin to split up assets, you have to make sure that you keep yourself protected. One of the necessary steps for accomplishing this involves having your name removed from anything that will remain in your former spouse’s possession. A recent ruling by the Florida Supreme Court serves as a harsh reminder to get your name taken off of the things you aren’t keeping as part of the divorce settlement.

The case involved a man who was killed when he was struck by a woman driving a car. The woman’s estranged husband didn’t have keys to the vehicle that struck the victim, nor did the husband have access to the car. A jury originally found that the estranged husband wasn’t liable for the accident, but the victim’s wife appealed that decision.

The Supreme Court ruled that the husband was still responsible for the man’s death because his name was still on the title and because he owned the car. The couple’s divorce wasn’t yet final, but they were living apart.

Anyone who is going through a divorce needs to make sure that their interests are protected throughout the divorce process. Getting answers to any questions you have and working toward a divorce settlement as expeditiously as possible might help you to protect yourself so you can enjoy your new life when the final decree for your divorce is issued. Also, these issues become even more important if you have a large amount of expensive assets such cars or houses. This case goes to show that big assets need to be handled quickly in a divorce before they end up having a negative effect.

Source: Jacksonville.com, “Florida Supreme Court rules estranged husband liable for wife’s striking, killing of man” No author given, Apr. 10, 2014

Same-sex couple facing asset division challenges in Florida

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Under normal circumstances, a Florida couple seeking a divorce is not really considered news. What happens, though, when a same-sex couple attempts to dissolve their marriage in this southern state? Since Florida does not recognize same-sex unions, divorce becomes a tricky matter, and dividing marital property is suddenly a serious headache. Now, two women who are seeking a divorce in Florida are pushing for marriage equality in the state — not so they can wed, but so they can “untie” the knot.

The couple in question married in Massachusetts four years ago. That state is one of 17 that permit same-sex unions throughout the nation. Florida does not recognize same-sex marriage.

When the couple decided to pursue a divorce, they consulted experts in Massachusetts for advice. The answer was disheartening: They would have to move back to Massachusetts for a year before they could officially file. Since that life-changing move was not feasible, one of the woman chose to file for divorce in Florida, anyway.

Even though news reports show that judges in the state of Florida have granted same-sex divorces in the past, those cases have largely flown under the radar. Now, this couple is striving to bring those asset division cases into the light by claiming that a ban on same-sex marriage has a deleterious effect on same-sex divorce, not to mention the fact that it is unconstitutional. The couple in this case have already come to a legal agreement about dividing their marital property through collaborative methods, but they are still pursuing additional rights through the Florida court system.

Many Florida couples struggle through the asset division phase of their divorce. A Florida attorney may be able to provide additional information and assistance to ensure that clients receive their fair share of the marital estate. These professionals may serve as important allies in a divorce courtroom or mediation proceeding.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Tampa couple’s divorce could challenge same-sex marriage ban” Leonora LaPeter Anton, Mar. 24, 2014

Florida couple can divorce thanks to stronger economy

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A couple in Florida has wanted to get a divorce for years, but they felt that it was impossible because of the state of the economy. Putting aside their emotional and romantic issues, they stayed married when they both mutually wanted to split, putting their struggling business ahead of their personal relationship. They needed each other if they were going to have any chance to make the business work, and the economy was just too weak to sustain it unless they were in it together.

The problem was that they were facing a complex asset division situation. They both owned the business, so they were not sure how it would be divided. The husband wanted to keep it, but it was not making enough money for him to pay off his wife’s share and buy her out. The only real way to divide it may have been to liquidate it, something else that is not a sure bet in a struggling economy, and then divide the money. If they did that, the business would be gone. All of those jobs would be lost.

Now that the economy has strengthened again, the company has expanded, adding new employees and earning far more than it was for the past few years, and the couple has finally gone to court to file for a divorce. They are both equally happy with the decision. All in all, they are just glad that they can finally move on with their lives in the way that they have been wanting to for so long.

Divorce situations that involve a business can be very tricky because both sides have a right to the value of that business if they both put money and time into it. It becomes an asset that must be divided. In a recession, this can make a divorce financially difficult, and so divorce can act as an indicator of a healthy economy.

Source: Businessweek, “Worsening U.S. Divorce Rate Points to Improving Economy” Steve Matthews, Feb. 18, 2014

Reality star copes after filing for divorce

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A divorce is a painful experience for everyone. However, for those who are in the spotlight, such as a high-profile couple, it can feel like the process is happening under a microscope. Reporters are constantly asking for details, and the public is not shy about offering their opinion regarding whether an alimony request should be granted or who should get the beach house.

Orlando readers might have heard that Ramona Singer, one of the stars of the reality series, “Real Housewives of New York City,” filed for divorce from her husband, Mario Singer. It was recently revealed that Mario, who works in manufacturing, has been having an affair with a 27-year-old woman. The couple have been married for 22 years. The case was filed during the last week of January.

The details of the divorce have been sealed but considering they both have successful careers, it is likely there are substantial assets to be considered in the divorce proceedings. There has been no mention of a timeframe for the case to proceed. Ramona has been spending her time visiting Florida with friends and enjoying Fashion Week in New York City.

Depending on whether Mario Singer decides to countersue in the divorce proceedings, the divorce could take between a few months to a few years. In many cases, the more assets there are, the longer it takes to come to a settlement. For people with less assets to consider, a divorce can be settled more quickly. Receiving advice from an experienced legal professional may help keep the proceedings on track and may help ensure an equitable result.

Source: EOnline, “Ramona Singer Reveals How She’s Coping After Filing for Divorce From Husband Mario” Peter Gicas, Feb. 13, 2014

Movie highlights need for Florida alimony reform

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It is no secret to Orlando residents that the current state alimony laws can have a seriously negative impact on those who are ordered to pay. When alimony reform was being bandied about last year, several people shared their stories of financial hardship as a result of large alimony payments. However, although the Florida legislature passed reforms, Governor Rick Scott vetoed the bill.

However, those who are pro-reform have not given up the fight. One of the latest methods being used to educate the public on the issues of alimony reform is the documentary, “Divorce Corp.” It highlights the problems with the current policies and explains why reform is necessary.

However, although the process might need an overhaul, the principle of alimony is still valid. Payments to spouses who gave up jobs or careers in order to take care of their families deserve to be compensated for the time they put into their families. Alimony ensures that a spouse will not live in poverty after a divorce. But the problem with the current laws is that the spouse who is paying alimony could find themselves in financial straits.

New attempts at legislation will avoid the pitfalls of the 2013 proposed legislation. For example, new legislation will not seek to eliminate permanent alimony, but will focus on smaller fixes such as alerting both spouses that their standard of living will decrease after a divorce. Pro-reformists will also seek “retirement” of alimony payments when the payee retires.

No one argues that alimony is a needed part of the divorce process. However, opponents of the current system want the process to be less financially prohibitive for the payee. Anyone who feels they are paying unfairly can seek the advice of an experienced legal professional who can evaluate their situation and offer solutions that can make paying alimony less of a financial burden.

Source: Bradenton.com, “Florida alimony reform supporters rally around documentary film” Kathleen McGrory, Jan. 22, 2014

Eliot Spitzer and wife file high asset divorce

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When 26 years of marriage come to an end, you might expect emotional discussions and some contention in division of property. When that marriage ends after at least one incident of infidelity, most Florida residents would expect to see a bit of a courtroom fight. According to statements issued by Eliot Spitzer and his wife, there will be no celebrity drama attached to theirhigh asset divorce, which was filed recently.

The couple issued a joint statement following the filing of divorce paperwork. According to the statement, all issues have been resolved between the two and the divorce is uncontested. This is despite the fact that the divorce was marked contested by the court system.

There are facts in the marriage that would lead some spouses to attempt to get the most out of divorce proceedings. First, there is the wealth involved. Eliot Spitzer is worth a billion dollars. From 2011 through 2012, tax records indicate he made $5 million from real estate investments. He made several more million in television work and drew money from his engineering company.

Spitzer’s wife is not without her own worth, though. She is the successful head of an equity firm. Although she might not need Spitzer’s money, some might think she deserves a large cut of the pie. Six years ago, Spitzer resigned as governor of another state after a scandal involving a prostitute. Despite his public infidelity, Wall stood by him.

The divorce was filed in December, following at least six months of separation. During Spitzer’s failed run as controller, he never appeared at any function with his wife, leaving the media and public suspicious that trouble was brewing. The couple has kept their marriage as private as possible, and that includes the divorce.

According to reports, a deal was struck between the two, but no details have been released. That Spitzer and his wife can come to a civil agreement that allows both parties to move forward is a solid example for others. No matter what your level of wealth or past problems are, working together on property division or other legal issues may get you a more desirable result in the end.

Source: New York Daily News, “EXCLUSIVE: Eliot Spitzer and longtime wife Silda Wall file divorce papers” Barbara Ross, Brian Niemietz and Dareh Gregorian, Jan. 16, 2014