Family Law

Donative Intent Ruling Gives Wife Property Rights

- Gary E. Williams

A former husband and wife have been embroiled in a lengthy property dispute because the ex-wife believes that her ex-husband has “donative intent”. The couple were married in 1987. Prior to walking down the aisle both had prenuptial agreements in place which stated that all premarital properties would remain their own in the event of a divorce. After filing for divorce in 2010, the former wife has been battling over […]

Financially Unstable Ex-Wife Receives Modified Alimony Judgment

- Gary E. Williams

A recent case in the UK has highlighted the complexity of requests for modification of judgment in alimony, that could have relevance to high asset divorces here in the United States. Fifteen years after their divorce, an ex-husband has been ordered to increase the monthly payments he makes to his ex-wife after she made a series of “poor financial decisions”. The couple were married for 13 years before filing for […]

A General Overview of Military Divorce

- Gary E. Williams

Most people might assume that being a US service man or woman shouldn’t matter when getting a divorce, but while the legal consequence is the same, there are special rules and requirements that apply to military divorce. If you are a member of the military or a spouse to a US service person and you are considering divorce action, consider the following overview on military divorce laws. Military Divorce Laws […]

What Is Alimony, and Who Is Entitled to It?

- Gary E. Williams

Alimony is a word that we often hear in a movie, on a TV program, and out on the street, but what does it really mean? The Basics When a married couple is divorced, the court might award “alimony” or spousal support to one of the spouses based either on a pre-existing agreement or by a decision of the court itself. The purpose of alimony is to reduce the economic […]

Ex-Wife of Multimillionaire Seeking $5 Million Annual Settlement

- Gary E. Williams

The ex-wife of multimillionaire Richard Stephenson, founder and chairman of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital network, is demanding that she be receive $5 million a year after divorcing her husband. Stephenson and is ex-wife, Alicia Stephenson, were married in 1991. At the time a prenuptial agreement was made, however the document stated that the amount to be paid in monthly maintenance would be negotiable should the marriage last […]

Five Child Custody Issues that Are within Your Control

- Gary E. Williams

The hardest decision in a divorce is often that regarding child custody. According to Florida law, this decision should be made in the interest of the children. Five Factors within Your Control When Seeking Custody of Your Children 1. Your mental and physical health is important to the courts According to the laws of Florida, your mental and physical health should be considered when deciding upon child custody. Additionally, the […]

Gaining Peace of Mind with a Temporary Restraining Order

- Gary E. Williams

There are some situations that we will never be fully prepared for in life and that includes suffering threats, harassment, stalking and physical or emotional abuse at the hands of a partner or stranger. If you are being subjected to such violence then you may want to consider obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order so that your abuser is not legally allowed to contact you. In Florida, there are four distinct […]

Considering the Children in a High Conflict Divorce

- Gary E. Williams

One of the great fears of individuals who are getting divorced is the risk of a high conflict divorce. These types of divorces are wrought with anger, mistrust, fighting, and contempt. Often, parents in high conflict divorces will become embittered and unable to separate the best interests of their children from the contentiousness of the divorce. As a result, the children suffer and the parents no longer meet their duties […]

Factors that Are Considered in Equitable Distributions

- Gary E. Williams

In the majority of States, Courts split assets according to a principle known as Equitable Distribution. What this means is that the court will look to divide assets fairly rather than equally. For individuals, in the States that use equitable distribution to split assets, the system may seem subjective and dependent upon the particular judge that you receive rather than what you believe to be fair. As a result, it […]

Three Benefits of Prenuptial Agreements

- Gary E. Williams

Prenuptial Agreements are a great way to protect assets when a marriage ends, but they are not just useful in times of divorce. They can act as agreements to protect your assets during a marriage as well as after it. They serve to be a legal agreement between husband and wife with regard to the assets that are mentioned in the prenuptial agreement, and go into effect the moment the […]