21Nov, 2018

Checklist: Preparing to Meet with a Divorce Attorney

November 21st, 2018|Divorce|

divorcing couple signing paperwork togetherIf you are contemplating a divorce or are concerned that your spouse may be preparing to file to dissolve your marriage, preparing now can help make the process less stressful and potentially quite a bit smoother. If you have concerns, it is never too early to start planning. And if you are thinking about meeting with a divorce attorney, taking certain […]

3Aug, 2018

What Is an Annulment in Florida?

August 3rd, 2018|Divorce|

Jacksonville Separation Lawyers - Beller & BustamanteWhat is the difference between a divorce and an annulment? In a nutshell, a divorce is the breakup of a marriage while an annulment is a declaration that no real marriage ever took place. Two types of annulments exist – religious and civil. Although religious annulments are beyond the scope of this article, a civil annulment differs from a divorce […]

21May, 2018

Are Spousal Debts Considered Joint Debts in the Event of a Divorce?

May 21st, 2018|Divorce|

Divorce Settlement MistakesJacksonville divorces are based on Florida divorce law, and it is state law that determines the division of assets incident to a divorce. Most people realize that Florida applies the “equitable distribution” principle to the division of assets whereby marital assets are divided equally unless there is a good reason to favor one spouse. Do marital debts work the same way?

Separate Debts vs. […]

7May, 2018

Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets from You?

May 7th, 2018|Divorce|

Picture of Newly Wed CoupleGeographically speaking, Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in the continental U.S. Size brings with it many advantages – including many places to hide assets. While we won’t suggest that Jacksonville’s size has anything to do with the concealment of marital assets during a divorce, the problem is certainly no less serious in Jacksonville than it is anywhere else.

When […]

18Apr, 2018

Marital vs. Non-Marital Assets in Jacksonville, Florida

April 18th, 2018|Divorce|

Jacksonville division of assetsDivorce is typically one of the most traumatic events of a person’s lifetime. It is the multidimensional aspect of divorce that hits most people the hardest — there is no area of life that it doesn’t affect. In addition to the breakup of the family, financial issues often loom large, and it might be far from obvious how a court will divide the property […]