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Tips to make a supervised visitation more enjoyable

If you're only authorized to have a supervised visitation period with your child, it can be frustrating. You don't feel like you ever get to relax and spend time together because someone else is always looking over your shoulder.

The key to making your time count is to have a plan going in. Know how you want to approach your time and what you can do to distract yourself from how unnatural it may feel. This allows you to really bond with your child. A few tips include:

  • Picking distracting activities. For instance, maybe your child loves to play board games like Monopoly or Risk. When you're involved in the game, you're actively engaged with your child, and you're not thinking about being chaperoned.
  • Reading chapter books. If your child is old enough, there are multiple upsides to reading aloud together. It creates great memories, helps your child develop and gives you an ongoing activity that you'll both look forward to.
  • Make snacks, rather than buying them. Instead of picking up a package of cookies at the store, get flour, butter, sugar and chocolate chips, and spend the afternoon baking. In general, it's important to stay busy and focused on whatever you're doing together. You know that you'll both want to share some food either way, so pick the option that takes the most time and effort. It will also prove the most engagement and distraction.

Is parental abduction actually kidnapping?

You and your ex have joint custody of your 3-year-old child. One day, your ex misses the drop-off time. You are annoyed, but you wait it out.

Your ex never shows up. Irate, you storm over to his or her apartment the next day. A roommate shrugs and tells you that your ex is gone. He or she left Florida, deciding to move closer to family on the other side of the country. Your ex took your child.

How do I transfer my timeshare to my trust or family member?

Your timeshare can be passed on to a family member after your death. It does depend on the exact contract you sign, but many include clauses that say the payments will be made in perpetuity. Generally speaking, this means the timeshare is part of the estate when you pass away, just like your home or your bank account. Ownership doesn't revert to the resort just because you've passed away.

One way that a timeshare can be passed on is simply by owning it jointly with someone else, like a spouse or an heir. Then your ownership percentage automatically goes to the other party.

Do I need an attorney to transfer a timeshare deed?

Couples who find themselves frequently vacationing often enter into timeshare agreements as a way to ensure that they'll have a place to stay when away from home. When couples divorce, though, timeshares are one of many assets that get split up with other property that you share.

Transferring a timeshare deed is a fairly involved process. One of the first steps involves finding out how much in outstanding fees you may owe. When calling to determine this, you'll also want to inquire about whether your timeshare contract calls for fees to be assessed when a transfer of ownership occurs.

Joint custody does not stress kids out most, study claims

For years, there has been a prevailing thought that joint custody creates a lot of stress for children, which is why some people oppose it. In essence, because kids live at two homes and have to travel back and forth so much, people assume this elevates their stress levels and takes away the consistency that they need.

At least one study says this is not true. It says that it's actually better for kids to live with both their mother and father, even if that means travel time and having two homes.

3 examples of prenup duress

One of the main reasons a prenup won't be valid in court is if it turns out that one person signed while under duress. This shows the court that the person didn't really want to sign the agreement and wouldn't have done it under normal circumstances.

What does this look like? It can take many forms, but here are three examples:

Can a prenup address child custody?

You know that prenups are to make the divorce process go more smoothly. You can use them to figure out contentious areas of your divorce -- like how to divide your assets -- in advance.

You also know that couples with kids fight in court about child custody as much as anything else. It's often central to the entire case. As such, can you and your spouse just address custody rights in the prenup?

The difference between parental responsibility and time sharing

When officially ruling in child custody cases, Florida uses a pair of key terms: "Parental responsibility" and "time sharing." Though related, they are very different and it's important for parents to understand exactly what they mean.

Parental responsibility has little to do with time with the child and more to do with decision-making power. Parents have to make a number of choices for their children, and it's critical for divorcing parents to know who is responsible for these choices. Examples include:

  • Where the child is going to attend school.
  • What medical care the child will get.
  • If the child will be vaccinated.
  • What religion the child will be brought up in.

4 questions about jewelry during your divorce

Divorce gives you a lot to think about, from alimony to the kids to your retirement assets.

With so much going on, it's easy to overlook the little things, even if they have an incredible amount of value. It's important to slow down and consider everything carefully.

Prenups continue to grow more popular with young people

Prenuptial agreements may slowly be losing their negative stigma. Reports show that younger people have been embracing them more and more often for decades, and that has not changed with millennials.

In roughly the last 20 years, reports show that the use of prenups has gone up by 500 percent. When legal experts were asked about the span from 2014 to 2016, the majority -- a full 62 percent -- claimed that this trend was continuing, that the number of couples using prenups had only been increasing.

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