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Marijuana use reduces risk of domestic violence, rates still high

Past research into couples' relationships has shown that substance abuse issues often increase the risk of domestic violence in the home. However, fresh-off-the-presses research shows that marijuana bucks this trend; couples who light up tend to actually experience lower rates of domestic violence. The study, which used mail-in surveys over a nine-year span, determined that marijuana use was a determining factor in lowering rates of intimate partner violence.

How can I order a Florida divorce certificate?

For individuals who were divorced in the state of Florida, there may be a future need to seek documentation of said divorce. Most individuals do receive copies of documents such as judgments, which prove the divorce, but documents can be lost and destroyed. One way to get documentation of a divorce that might be needed when dealing with creditors or future legal matters is to order a copy of a divorce certificate from the Florida Department of Health.

Property division in Florida can be complex

Does the "what's mine is yours" mindset mean marital property is divided equally among spouses during divorce? Outside of courts, individuals can make agreements to divide property mostly as they see fit as long as they can come to a legally binding agreement. If the couple cannot agree and the property division issue goes before a Florida court, the court attempts to ensure that the division is "equitable."

Settings for child support negotiations depend on parents' needs

Child support negotiations are not always easy, but they are necessary to protect the best interests of the child by providing adequate financial resources. Florida parents have a variety of legal options when it comes to deciding their own child support plans. Parents can use out-of-court dispute resolution processes, or they can use informal negotiation to reach a conclusion. If the parents are unable to reach a decision through these alternative methods, a court order may be required.

Child custody issues don't have to keep you from moving

In the land of the free, divorced parents or others who are living under custody arrangements may not feel free to roam. The truth is, parents in Florida who share child custody arrangements can't just decide to relocate themselves and the child without agreement of the other party or court permission. In fact, under the law, you can't move more than 50 miles away from your current residence with a minor child without a written agreement or approval from a judge.

What can you include in a premarital agreement?

Many Florida residents are aware that prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich and famous anymore. In fact, business owners and those with significant family holdings may also benefit from premarital agreements. However, there are some restrictions on the types of provisions that can be included in a premarital agreement. Today, we explore the elements of a legally binding prenuptial agreement.

'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta' stars argue over premarital agreement

Florida couple approaching marriage dates or decisions may have discussed whether or not they want a prenup. Many people see premarital agreements as something that rich people need, but such agreements can be useful for any marriage. The agreements can protect interests, including financial, business or personal, for anyone, but it is a good idea for the couple to agree on the prenup prior to signing the document.

Divorce occurs because of financial abuse, too

We often talk about Florida men and women who suffer from domestic abuse in physical and emotional terms; perhaps they were struck by their partner or abused through harsh, hateful comments. Did you know that there is another type of spousal abuse, however? It is called financial abuse, and it plays a major role in many Florida divorce proceedings. Here are a few indicators of financial abuse, along with methods for circumventing the situation to build a better life.

Man fails to pay thoussands in child support, turns himself in

When it comes to divorce, some of the most difficult resolutions often center around children or money. Decisions about child support combine both considerations, so it's not surprising that it can be a difficult topic to discuss and come to an agreement on. That's one reason why the legal system has so many fail safes and processes associated with support and support agreements.

Domestic violence victims can seek help through civil courts

Domestic violence statutes are difficult to navigate, not only for the potential victim, but sometimes also for the person accused of perpetrating the violence. Understanding the provisions in a Florida restraining order or other protective arrangement can be a challenge. However, for those who have been victimized by a domestic offender, these protection orders can provide an important legal barrier -- not to mention a document that carries weight in family court.

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