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What you need to know about pro-se mediation

When you and your spouse have decided that you want to part ways, it's an emotionally overwhelming time. When there are children involved, it feels like even more lives are being torn apart. While you may want to go your separate ways, that doesn't necessarily mean you are looking for a battle. It's especially important to you, for the sake of your children, that you and your soon-to-be ex can at least present a united front and remain civil. But isn't divorce acrimonious by nature?

10 things about Family Law, Court and Judges for clients:

1. Every Family Law Courtroom is different. It is important to know how things work in your particular Courtroom. For example, some counties tend to be more formal than others. Also, each county has its own local rules.

Hooker v. Hooker and Prenuptial Agreements in Florida

Prenuptial Agreements in Florida recently changed when the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the decision of a lower court that has attorneys baffled and scrambling to modify their standard pre-nuptial agreement language. In the case of Hooker v Hooker, the parties were married and prior to marrying they drafted and executed a pre-nup. Neither party says that the prenup was invalid for any reason - it was a good and proper pre-nup. It said that each would retain their own premarital property as non-marital assets including appreciation on those properties. There existed 2 properties purchased by the Husband. After a 23 year marriage while divorcing the Wife argued that both properties were marital because the Husband had intended them to be gift made to her as his Wife during the marriage. One of them the couple lived in together as a family in FL and it was deeded in Trust for the Husband. The other was titled in Husband's name alone and the family used it as a summer home in NY. The Husband paid for this home out of his separate money and upkeep of the property as well. The court found that despite titles and despite the pre-nup the family treated the properties as marital and therefore they were marital. The argument also included allegations that husband displayed the intent to gift the properties to the Wife druing the marriage.

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