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Asset division doesn't always have to be a pain in the butt

The dissolving of a marriage is one of the most overwhelming events you can experience in Florida. Even if your divorce starts out relatively amicable, you and your spouse may have disputes over the division of your marital assets, thus ultimately making your divorce more acrimonious.

Another component of asset division that is causing increasing stress among divorcing couples is debt. Many couples embark on divorce with student loans, mortgages that are past due and credit card bills, complicating the marital split-up process even more.

Joint custody: parenting peacefully after divorce

Divorce is difficult for every member of the family, and sometimes, the children are the ones most impacted by this decision. In order to shield their kids from as much emotional hardship as possible, some Florida parents choose to parent together with a joint custody plan. When you choose to craft your custody order out of court, both parents would be wise to keep the best interests of the children as the main goal.

Joint custody is a popular type of custody arrangement because it allows the children to have regular access to both parents. If you are considering this type of plan and hope to come to an agreement on this issue out of court, you may have concerns on how to work well with an ex-spouse after the process is final.

DUI: The First Ten Days

If you're one of the thousands of Floridians who is arrested for a DUI, the time to start acting is now. In 2010, Marion County had 726 CONVICTIONS and Alachua County had 431 CONVICTIONS for driving while under the influence. This statistic does not include arrests that didn't yield a conviction. The effect of a DUI can be anywhere from little more than a momentary set back to completely devastating for years to come based on the choices you make.

Do you know what to expect during a DUI stop?

As a young person, you may not always understand your rights when it comes to dealing with a legal issue. For instance, if an officer charged you with drunk driving, you may wonder whether that officer conducted the stop and carried out procedures in the appropriate way. You may also wonder what you should do next in order to deal with the charges brought against you. Gaining information on laws, procedures and defense options may assist you in this predicament.

By understanding some basic information regarding DUI stops, you may feel more confident when dealing with the allegations.

Outgrowing divorce and custody settlements

After you and your ex-spouse reached a fair and equitable settlement, you each went your own way to build new lives. Adapting to custody schedules and readjusting your standard of living may have been a challenge at first, but you managed to find a rhythm that seemed to be working.

Of course, nothing stays the same. Every year, the children have new schedules, new interests and new activities. You and your ex-spouse may also be entering different phases of life that present challenges to custody and other court orders that seemed so agreeable just a few years earlier.

DUIs in Florida

No matter where you are in the nation, a DUI is a serious charge and it will impact your future. Before you are charged with driving under the influence, it is good to know some basic information about what a DUI charge on your record might mean for you right now and in the future.

The state of Florida has strict laws when it comes to driving under the influence and the severity of those laws increases with the number of convictions and the circumstances of each conviction. Operating a vehicle is prohibited if the driver has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher. The second DUI conviction is harsher than the first and the third is harsher than the second, but subsequent convictions are generally treated as though they are a third conviction. The severity of the conviction will generally depend on whether or not the BAC of the driver was above or below .15% and/or the presence of a minor.

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