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The Basics of Equitable Distribution in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Most people, when they are in the process of divorcing, tend to labor under the presumption that their marital assets will be divided equally. However, the law in most states, Florida included, does not lean toward this idea. Instead, the state espouses the common theory referred to as equitable distribution. While this does usually… Read More »

Reasons Why A Prenuptial Agreement May Fail

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

As one might imagine, prenuptial agreements are complex instruments that require careful crafting in order to be valid. It is not enough to simply mutually agree on provisions with your spouse; those provisions must be in compliance both with state law, and with public policy. Even if there is mutual agreement, it may not… Read More »

Dividing Military Pensions: Equal vs. Equitable

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a couple decides to divorce, and one or both of them are servicemembers, their military pensions are considered marital assets. In states such as Florida that use a system of equitable distribution, marital assets are divided between the spouses, but contrary to popular belief, this is not always done strictly equally. Rather, judges… Read More »

How To Make A Prenuptial Agreement “Bulletproof”

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

In some relationships, it is not enough to have a prenuptial agreement. Very often, these are attacked during breakups and divorces, to the point where some or all of the agreement may be ruled unenforceable. There are ways to ensure that your prenuptial agreement is as strong as it can be, however, which will… Read More »

Learning More About Benefits for Divorced Spouses

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

If you get divorced in Florida, you are likely to have questions about how retirement benefits will work for your former spouse. Whether you are filing for divorce in your 30s or well into retirement, the issue of Social Security benefits after divorce should be an important topic. We can help you to understand… Read More »

Dementia and Competency to Seek Divorce

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

If an older adult in Florida suffers from dementia, will a court consider him competent to file for divorce? That’s the question that a Palm Beach County circuit judge recently faced when 87-year-old Martin Zelman filed for divorce. Ultimately, Circuit Judge Charles Burton decided that Zelman “isn’t competent enough to seek a divorce” from… Read More »

Funding for Healthy Co-Parenting Research in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Many couples who file for divorce will need to consider the effects of their decision on their children. Indeed, questions of child custody and visitation can become extremely contentious—even in divorces that at first appeared to be uncontested. According to a recent article in the Tallahassee Democrat, researchers at Florida State University just received… Read More »

Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Since 2013, advocates for same-sex marriage have been working to legalize same-sex marriage (and same-sex divorce) in Florida. As of January 5, same-sex couples can now marry in Florida. The recent shift in the law makes Florida the 36th state in the country to permit same-sex marriage, according to a recent article in Florida… Read More »

Protecting Your Finances in Later Life Divorce

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

A surprisingly high number of Florida retirees decide to file for divorce. These “gray divorces” can provide older adults with more social freedoms in later life, particularly since they’re no longer bound by work schedules. At the same time, however, it can be very difficult to separate financially when you’ve been planning for retirement… Read More »

Same-Sex Divorce in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Late last month, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made clear that she would oppose same-sex divorce in Florida, according to a recent article from CBS Miami. Specifically, Bondi filed papers to prevent Heather Brassner’s petition for divorce from her former partner, Megan Lade, from going any further in the Florida court system. Since same-sex… Read More »

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