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January 2018 Archives

The consequences of underage drinking during spring break

One issue that many college students in the Destin area end up dealing with during spring break involves underage drinking and DUI charges. Not all adolescents can resist the temptation and peer pressure to drink alcohol and drive while they are out hanging with their friends and roommates. As fun and exciting as things may seem at the time, the results often lead to criminal charges and penalties that have a long-lasting impact on their lives. 

Overcoming contempt can help to prevent divorce

A Florida couple considering divorce may be wondering how their relationship deteriorated. When one notable marriage expert looked at marriages in an attempt to determine why some last for years and others end in divorce, he identified several types of communication patterns that can indicate significant problems.

Health insurance considerations when getting divorced

When Florida couples are ending their marriages, it is important that they think about their health insurance. Medical insurance is one detail that many divorcing spouses overlook. If they do not address it, one of the parties may be left without insurance coverage when the divorce is finalized.

What to remember when settling a divorce

Florida estranged couples may be able to negotiate directly with each other to settle their divorce. This may be done privately or with the help of a mediator. Prior to entering negotiations, it may be a good idea for an individual to learn more about his or her rights and responsibilities after the marriage ends.

Digital devices, stalking and divorce

Stalking can be a serious problem for some people in Florida who get a divorce. In the age of smartphones and digital trackers, it can be even more intrusive. A Justice Department survey found that 3.3 percent of people who were divorced or separated reported experiencing stalking, which is more than twice the 1.5 percentage of the total population that reported it.

The main reasons couples divorce after years of marriage

Many couples divorce after decades of marriage. Attorneys typically refer to this as gray divorce, and it occurs when spouses each over the age of 50 decide to divorce. According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 10 out of every 1,000 married persons over the age of 50 divorced. This is a significant increase from 1990 when the rate was five out of every 1,000. 

Steps to take in divorce preparation

Certain times of the year, such as the end of summer vacation and the new year, are times when divorce rates spike. People in Florida that are considering divorce can take steps to prepare. For example, they will need to have their financial paperwork in order. This may include ordering a credit report and gathering tax returns, end-of-year pay stubs, bank statements and credit card bills.

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