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Equitable Distribution of Pensions in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

In a Florida divorce, a pension is often a prized asset, especially when there are few others to divide. However, pensions are a somewhat unique item in that they are governed by specific laws mandating their division, instead of a family court judge simply splitting them in half or dividing in another appropriate way…. Read More »

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Inheritance & Marital Asset Distribution

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Inheritances are generally granted to individual people – someone’s child, spouse or sibling. However, sometimes they are willed to a couple or group of people. Either way, the issue may arise during divorce proceedings as to whether or not an inheritance qualifies as marital property. It is important to ensure that a person understands… Read More »

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From Community Property To Equitable Distribution: What Changes?

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It is a fact of life that sometimes, employment or family considerations necessitate moving, often from state to state. Doing so is rarely easy, as it can be a bit of a culture shock even moving a mere handful of miles, and a move is doubly hard if it comes coupled with marital problems…. Read More »

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Property Classification & Distribution in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When two people get married, they both bring property into the marriage, but the bulk of a couple’s assets are acquired either in anticipation of the marriage or during it. As such, most couples will have both marital and separate property between them. It is important to classify assets appropriately, because only marital property… Read More »

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Lawmakers Renew Fight Over Florida Alimony Reform

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Over time, most U.S. states have reformed their policies on alimony (also called spousal support in some jurisdictions), eliminating measures such as lifetime alimony. Florida, in many ways, remains an exception, though state lawmakers have tried in recent years to remedy that. If you are in a position where you pay or receive Florida… Read More »

Issues Unique To Military Divorce

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Despite all the differences between military and civilian life, there is in reality very little difference between military and civilian divorce. While the laws followed will differ slightly, there is a lot of overlap in the procedures; the only issue is the nature of the benefits being divided, such as pensions, retirement pay, health… Read More »

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 »

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 »

Same-Sex Divorce Upheld in Florida Appellate Court

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Earlier this year, same-sex marriage became legal in Florida. While this change in the law suggested that same-sex divorce also could become a possibility in our state, no clear decisions had made same-sex divorce clearly permissible throughout Florida. However, a recent decision by Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a decision “cementing the… Read More »

Hidden Assets and Divorce

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

If you’re in the process of getting divorced in Florida, it’s important to think about all the property—everything—that you and your spouse acquired during the marriage. In particular, with contentious divorces, or those likely to get heated when it comes to property division, spouses might be “justified in searching through the family tax returns… Read More »

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