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How shared parenting may benefit children

Parents in Florida who are getting a divorce may want to explore possibilities for joint custody. A number of studies have indicated that this arrangement usually leads to children who are psychologically and socially healthier and who do better in school. They are also less at risk for smoking, drinking and drug use.

How divorce affects people 50 and older

The divorce rate for people 50 and older has doubled since 1990, but it is still half that of people under 50. Furthermore, some marriages of older adults in Florida and throughout the country are more vulnerable than others. For example, first marriages tend to be more stable than later marriages. Another predictor of divorce is the couple's financial situation. Couples who have $50,000 or less in assets are more likely to divorce than couples who have more than $250,000 in assets.

Trump cited as reason for relationship failures

It is common for Florida couples to squabble over their finances. However, couples around the country are increasingly likely to split over their political views since Donald Trump has entered the White House. According to a survey conducted by Wakefield Research in April 2017, 10 percent of couples were ending their relationships because of political disagreements.

Retirement benefits, disability and military divorces

According to a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on May 15, if a person is receiving part of an ex-spouse's retirement pay and looses a portion of that benefit because the ex-spouse has opted to receive disability benefits instead, the state cannot reimburse the ex-spouse. The case heard by the court involved a couple who had divorced in 1991. At the time, they agreed that when the man retired from the military, his ex-wife would get half of his retirement pay.

TV star files for divorce

Florida fans of the hit television series "Grey's Anatomy" may have been surprised to learn that Jesse Williams, one of the stars of the show, has filed for divorce. The couple got married in September 2012, but they had been together for several years before their wedding.

When a child chooses to live with the noncustodial parent

When Florida parents are granted primary physical custody as part of a divorce, there are cases where their children may subsequently express their desire to live with the other parent. Courts will sometimes take those wishes into consideration when resolving custody disputes, which can be emotionally challenging for the parent who previously had primary custody.

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