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Beware when divorcing a narcissist

You obviously didn't discern the signs of your soon-to-be ex's narcissism prior to your marriage — or there wouldn't have been a marriage. However, since then, you have had many opportunities to see of what he or she is capable.

But be forewarned — "you ain't seen nothing yet."

No prenup? Consider a postnup

You had a whirlwind romance that seemed too good to be true, but when you said your vows, you knew you had finally found "The One." Now, after several years of a rocky marriage, you have concerns that he only married you for your money. You were so swept up in the passion and the romance, you did not even consider a prenuptial agreement. Fortunately, it is not too late. You still have time to put a postnuptial agreement in place to protect your assets.

If you are worried that your relationship will not last and you have high-value assets that need protection, it may be time to contact an attorney with family law experience in the Pembroke Pines area. An experienced lawyer can help you put the protections in place to guard your assets if your marriage ends.

What rights do you, as a grandparent, have during a divorce?

Watching your child go through a divorce is difficult. It's even worse when you have to worry about whether your ex in-law will allow you to spend time with your grandchildren. In some cases, the right to visitation is an issue even if your child has full or partial custody of your grandchildren.

Although the state of Florida has a law on record allowing for grandparent visitation rights, the state Supreme Court has declared the law unconstitutional. Since that ruling, no new law has been adopted by the state legislature. That means that grandparents and their rights are currently in legal limbo in Florida.

Mediation can help protect your children during divorce

Many parents find themselves stuck between rock and a hard place when considering divorce. While they no longer wish to remain married, they worry that the divorce process may produce unavoidable harm to their children.

This is a perfectly reasonable fear, especially if you or your spouse endured your own parents' divorce as a child and carry hurt and frustration from it.

It’s important to understand the details of sole custody

Are you going through a divorce? Do you have a child (or children) with your ex-spouse? This will lead to a variety of challenges, such as the need to address questions pertaining to child custody and support.

Although joint custody is most common, as this is typically in the best interest of the child, you may have reason to believe that sole custody makes the most sense for your particular situation.

Opt for a prenuptial agreement before a second marriage

Have you gone through divorce in the past? Do you look back and wonder why you made so many mistakes with respect to your finances?

If you answered yes to these questions, there isn't much you can do at this point. Even so, you can make sure you don't travel down the same path in the future. One of the best ways of doing so is to ask for a prenuptial agreement if you're once again thinking about marriage.

Your child deserves support - here's how to establish paternity

Being a parent is a very difficult job. It is also expensive. As a single parent, you may be struggling to provide for both you and your child. Your child's father should also bear part of the responsibility for raising your child. In order to enforce a legal order for the father to share the obligation of child support, you have to establish paternity.

In the state of Florida, both parents are required to support their children until they become 18 years old. In addition to receiving help support your child, your kid also deserves to have a legal father. A local Pembroke Pines attorney experienced with family law can help you with the process of establishing paternity so that your child gets the support he deserves.

It's time to celebrate the prenuptial agreement

For many years, the prenuptial agreement has suffered from a poor, if partially deserved, reputation. Public opinion of the prenuptial agreement has generally held that they are an unromantic document that wealthy socialites use to protect each other's family estates.

While some of those notions are factual, this is an extremely narrow and unimaginative view of a document that can be just as romantic and non-bourgeoisie as you allow it to be.

Resolving your divorce with mediation

After more than 20 years of marriage, you and your husband have decided to divorce. You are both in agreement that you should terminate the marriage and there is only limited conflict concerning the division of property and custody of your two teenage children.

Since the two of you agree on most points, you want to avoid a court battle that may further deteriorate your relationship. A popular option that many divorcing couples have begun to use is mediation. This process allows you to sit down with a neutral third party to resolve the details of you divorce and custody agreement before having it approved and finalized by the Florida court.

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