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Reasons why couples divorce

Some of the most common reasons for divorce are money problems, infidelity, addictions, incompatibility and "irreconcilable differences". Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that people seeking a divorce do not have to allege a particular reason why they are doing so, only that they no longer wish to be married.

Some unexpected factors may increase likelihood of a divorce

It isn't always easy to keep a marriage together, and a number of studies have found links to factors that may make divorce more likely. Florida couples might want to be aware of these risk factors, as knowledge may lead to a better understanding of the situation. People are more likely to get divorced if their parents were divorced, for example, or if they got married young.

Addiction and abuse clear motivations for divorce

People in Florida experiencing tension in their relationships often work out their problems, but some issues demand that a partner leave someone. Alcohol or drug addiction represents one issue that frequently drives away even devoted spouses. Emotional abuse and outright physical abuse, especially when aimed at children, is another scenario when someone needs to leave the relationship.

The effects of the BRS on military divorces

Military service members in Florida and their loved ones should be aware that the Blended Retirement System becomes effective on the first day of 2018. As a result, significant changes will take place for military retirements. These changes could have a substantial effect on military families, particularly in regards to divorce settlements. According to one military divorce expert, the new BRS is expected to make military divorce cases more difficult for attorneys and may cause the ex-spouses of military service people some concern.

How Florida treats alcohol possession by minors

Unless it is within the scope of their employment, those who are under the age of 21 may not possess alcohol in the state of Florida. It may also be legal for those who are 18 or older to sip alcohol if it is required for educational purposes. However, the alcohol itself must remain in the possession of someone who is 21 years or older. Those who are caught violating the law may be charged with a second degree misdemeanor if it is their first offense.

Most wage garnishments are the result of unpaid child support

Workers in Florida and around the country are more likely to have their paychecks garnished for delinquent child support payments than for any other reason according to a report released on Sept. 27 by ADP. Researchers studied the private payroll records of 12 million employees across the country, and they found that one in 14 American workers is subject to garnishments in general.

Divorcing at an older age

The divorce rate among those 50 and older is increasing while it is going down for all other age groups across the country. While older Florida residents may not have the fate of any children to worry about in a divorce settlement, they may be battling for their financial futures.

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