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Tag Archives: Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

How assets and liabilities are valued in a divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

How does the court determine how much the assets are worth? Or how much the liabilities cost? This is why valuation of assets and liabilities is an important issue in a divorce. There can be three valuation dates of marital assets and liabilities: – First is the
date of separation of the parties. This is… Read More »

How are assets and liabilities divided in a divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

After a court identifies the characteristic of all assets and liabilities, the court must distribute those assets and liabilities fairly after considering the following factors: The contribution to the marriage by each spouse. The economic circumstances of the parties. The duration of the marriage. Any interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities of either… Read More »

What is an uncontested divorce?

By Paul E. Riffel |

There are several ways of going about a divorce: One is an uncontested divorce. But what exactly does that mean? A divorce may be uncontested from the very beginning, or it may turn into an uncontested divorce later. But in order to have an uncontested divorce, the parties must agree on all issues involving… Read More »

‘Should I file for divorce first?’

By Paul E. Riffel |

“Should I file for divorce first?” is a question many people ask. Many want to know if they should be the one to file divorce. In other words, is there an advantage to being the petitioner or the respondent? Generally, there is no strategic benefit in filing the petition first, other than the ability… Read More »

Fault in Florida divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

In Florida, courts generally do not consider fault in divorce. It’s been a no-fault sate for the past 40 years, so allegations of adultery and abuse are unnecessary. However, there is an exception for fault: if the fault has financial impact upon the parties. In other words, if a party has improperly disposed of… Read More »

‘Should I file for divorce first?’

By Paul E. Riffel |

“Should I file for divorce first?” is a question many people ask. Many want to know if they should be the one to file divorce. In other words, is there an advantage to being the petitioner or the respondent? Generally, there is no strategic benefit in filing the petition first, other than the ability… Read More »

Fault in Florida divorce

By Paul E. Riffel |

In Florida, courts generally do not consider fault in divorce. It’s been a no-fault sate for the past 40 years, so allegations of adultery and abuse are unnecessary. However, there is an exception for fault: if the fault has financial impact upon the parties. In other words, if a party has improperly disposed of… Read More »

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