How Jeff Bezos’ Divorce Might Be Just Like Yours

Divorce AttorneyWhile your bank account may be slightly smaller than that of billionaire Jeff Bezos’, you might be surprised to learn you may both go through the exact same process to achieve your divorce.  There are really only five ways to get a divorce, regardless of how much money and assets you have.

The Uncontested Divorce

In Florida, in order to get an uncontested divorce, you cannot be pregnant or have any children under the age of 18.  (Thus, the Bezos family doesn’t qualify. . . )  You have to agree on the division of assets and debts, meet the residency requirements, and agree the marriage is irretrievably broken.  Finally, neither party may receive alimony from the other in an uncontested divorce. read more

What Are Your Surrogacy Options in Florida?

What Are Your Surrogacy Options in Florida_carolan_blogFertility technology has expanded rapidly in recent years, offering innovative ways for same-sex couples and those struggling with infertility to expand their families. If you’re considering this option for your family, explore different types of surrogacy and become familiar with Florida legislation regarding surrogacy.

Florida Surrogacy Law

While many states have limited or unclear surrogacy legislation, Florida has clear laws that protect the rights of both the surrogate and the prospective parents. Statute 63.212 covers traditional surrogacy. This law requires the surrogate to sign an agreement that the intended parents will have custody of the child after his or her birth. This law also prevents compensation for surrogacy to protect women from exploitation. read more

Top 5 Ways Domestic Violence Affects Children

Top 5 Ways Domestic Violence Affects ChildrenDomestic violence is a pervasive, toxic cycle that impacts everybody differently. Victims of domestic violence may feel compelled to remain with their abuser to keep up appearances, provide a two-parent home for their children, or to avoid the potential of a legal battle. However, even if children aren’t directly targeted by abuse, they can carry the residual effects of abuse with them for decades.

Regression and Other Behavioral Problems

The immediately visible effects of domestic abuse depend a lot on the age of the child when the abuse started. When children experience abuse at a young age, they may regress to earlier stages of development. A child who’s been toilet trained for years may suddenly start having accidents, or a previously verbal child might return to babbling or baby talk. Children might refuse to do things they are capable of doing for themselves and become more needy or emotionally insecure. read more