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February 2012 Archives

Smoking raised far more than previously in child custody matters

The author of a recent article that discusses smoking makes a comment that only half facetiously suggests adding a warning such as the following to the host of others that already appear on the sides of cigarette packs: Smoking may cause loss of children in a child custody dispute.

A prenup to go along with that Valentine's Day engagement?

Valentine's Day is one of the biggest days of the year for proposals, alongside Christmas, Thanksgiving and a couple other major holidays, with many couples deciding to tie the knot on the 14th and in February generally.

Update on Florida alimony law: Earlier Senate bill revised

We last visited Florida's alimony law -- described by some as harsh, antiquated and in need of significant adjustments -- in a November 21, 2011, blog post. There was a flurry of legislative activity going on at that time, with identical bills being introduced into the state's House of Representatives and Senate that sought to make material changes to existing law.

Older women divorcing at historically high rates

A recent report released by the National Center for Family and Marriage states that one in every four divorces filed is between couples over the age of 50. That number is more than double the 1990 statistics concerning divorce. An AARP study also shows that the majority of those divorces are instigated by women. The numbers indicate there may be a growing expiration date on marriage for many couples.

Domestic violence bill passes Senate panel, awaits floor vote

The United States Senate last week approved legislation that would recognize domestic violence in the LGBT community and apply the same rules to it as those governing domestic abuse among traditional couples. The legislation is a step toward bolstering the protections of victims of domestic violence and preventing it from happening.

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