Saturday, November 10, 2012

Marital Property and Equitable Distribution

    What is Marital Property? Marital Property is all income, property, and possessions acquired during the span of a marriage. Upon the dissolution of marriage, marital property will be divided among spouses.  Property acquired before the marriage, will remain as non-marital property at the time of the divorce unless it has been co-mingled during the marriage.

     Florida distributes all property in a divorce through equitable distribution. This means that all marital property will be dispersed evenly between the two spouses at the time of their divorce. Florida State Statute adheres to this principle, unless justification can be provided to permit an unequal distribution judgment. Factors that may contribute in determining asset distribution:

  •          Length of marriage
  •           Financial circumstances of each spouse
  •           The contributions to marital assets made by each spouse during the marriage
  •           Any other relevant factors in determining appropriate distribution

This list may not be inclusive based on individual circumstances.

Friday, November 2, 2012

November is National Adoption Month

            National Adoption Month raises awareness for children in the foster care system, awaiting placement within a permanent, loving, and stable home.  National Adoption Month has increased recruitment efforts for foster parents and permanent adoption through meeting events, adoption learning sessions, and adoption celebrations nationwide. These efforts have resulted in thousands of children being adopted in the United States and around the world over the past 22 years since the creation of National Adoption Month.

            Regardless of whether the adoption occurs from the foster care system or from a private source, adoption is key in providing many children with an opportunity to be part of a functioning, loving family.

National Adoption Day is Wednesday, November 21, 2012. This year’s theme is Adoption in the Digital Age. For more information on adoption, events in your area, and to help celebrate adoption, visit the National Adoption Month website at: