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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2012 – A gathering put on by a group called Split Partners, which provides support for people going through divorce, recently highlighted strategies to help those struggling with the process. “Divorce, while never a completely pleasant process, doesn’t have to be a source of extreme stress and personal anguish,” said Brandon divorce lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. The emphasis society has placed on marriage, says the Split Partners founders, has led to great difficulty for some individuals following a divorce. Divorce can lead to a decline in personal income, as sharing living expenses and […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2012 – Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) and Evelyn Lozada are no longer married. Lozada filed for divorce from Johnson some 40 days after their wedding ceremony, after Johnson was arrested for domestic battery outside their Miami home. Johnson was accused of head-butting Lozada during a dispute. “Allegations of domestic violence are always troubling,” said Brandon divorce lawyer O. Reginald Osenton. “And victims need to stand up for their rights.” One month after his arrest, Johnson had a plea agreement approved by a Broward domestic violence judge. The six-time Pro Bowl player pled no […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2012 – Some Florida activists say that the state’s alimony laws, which provide for permanent alimony in some cases, are “antiquated” and should be eliminated. Others have criticized this position, saying that ending permanent alimony would only protect “wealthy men who cheat on their wives.” However, there is a middle ground. “The fact is that Florida’s alimony laws did need to be changed, and the state legislature accomplished this with the help of Florida family law attorneys,” said O. Reginald Osenton, a Brandon divorce lawyer. “Alimony reform in the state of Florida is […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2012 – Relationships are generally plagued with many challenges before the spouses start considering a divorce. Sometimes, separation makes the divorce process a little easier on both parties. Marching out of a series of arguments and marital battles into a divorce may lead to more trouble down the road. If the couple goes into a divorce with a battle mindset, the two are more likely to complicate the matter than if they have a cool down period. Brandon divorce lawyer, Reginald Osenton said, “A marriage dissolution can be stressful enough without getting involved […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2012 – A good health plan can prevent financial disaster, but when deductibles are higher than a patient can handle, insured individual may still require a bankruptcy. Americans look to insurance policies to be there when something unpredictable happens. Whether it’s an oak limb falling through the roof, an expensive car accident, or someone’s health, people assume that having coverage means they don’t have to worry. However, with rising health care costs and higher health insurance premiums, some people are raising deductibles to unsupportable levels. At some point, a deductible becomes so high […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2012 – A greater percentage of bankruptcies are filed as joint cases. Combining two incomes can often strengthen a household’s finances. Two earners can contribute more to savings and retirement planning. Unfortunately, a two-income household often becomes dependent on both partners, so when one loses a job, the household can suffer from underemployment. Couples are more likely to purchase large luxury items, such as vacation homes, and often choose to live in larger homes in safer neighborhoods. However, even with proper planning, an unexpected event in the family can lead a couple to […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 4, 2012 – Forensic accountant and author Mark Kohn recently released a book titled “How They Stash the Cash,” in which he outlines the many legal and illegal ways divorcing spouses maneuver money away from each other. “People definitely get greedy during a divorce and one of the ways that greed can manifest itself is for spouses to begin hiding money from each other,” said Brandon divorce lawyer Joshua Law of the Osenton Law Office. “For a spouse who is truly owed money during a divorce proceeding, sometimes an investigation is the only way […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – Most of the decisions that need to be made when a family puts together their wills are simple and straightforward. The money goes here. The house goes here. The farm gets sold. The jewelry gets split up, etc. The complicated decision when it comes time to put together a family will is who will take the young children if something happens to the parents. “Guardianship is often the trickiest part of drawing up a will,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “It is the part of the process that requires […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – Once a Florida divorce is final, there is a binding legal agreement that both parties must live up to. That binding contract may include alimony, child support and a parenting plan that includes time sharing agreements. Either party who refuses to abide by the agreement is likely to get dragged into court to explain why. That means payments have to be made on time both for alimony and for child support. It also means that both parents need to honor their time-sharing responsibilities and be respectful of the other co-parent’s time. […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2012 – People going through a divorce have an instinct to open up with their friends and express their emotions and feelings about what is going on in their life. Divorce can feel alienating and people will feel a natural inclination to seek out opinions from friends that might agree with them. This is when social media platforms like Facebook can be particularly dangerous during divorce proceedings. Speaking unkindly about a spouse on any social media can be brought up in court. “Before a divorce and even during a divorce, the most important […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 – A first of its kind divorce expo was held in New York City at the beginning of April with speakers and exhibitors ranging from stylists to counselors to lawyers. The expo was held over the course of two days at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion. The expo was called Start Over Smart: A Modern Divorce Expo. It included panel discussions, keynote speakers, socials and small group discussions, according to the expo’s website. “An expo is a great way to help people going through a divorce feel like they are not alone in […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2012 – To protect creditors from bankruptcy abuse, it is mandatory for people going into bankruptcy to go through credit counseling about six months before filing. The credit counseling has to be valid in the bankruptcy court, so it is important to research the requirements to make sure the counseling meets the criteria. “The bankruptcy petition will likely be thrown out if the credit counseling was not done correctly,” said Brandon bankruptcy attorney Reginald Osenton. “Make sure to use a pre-approved counseling agency, and get it done as soon in the process as […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2012 – Some of the most bitter custody battles can be entirely avoided with some careful estate planning. These battles are not about the children, the house or the pets – they are about the family farm. In many industries, a family business being handed down from one generation to the next is a seamless operation. The family farm can sometimes be more emotional. “If the elder generation has not done smart, careful estate planning, then the next generation will suffer,” said Brandon estate planning attorney Reginald Osenton. “The last thing anybody wants […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2012 – Census data shows that while the U.S. divorce rate has dropped over the past 20 years, it is rising sharply among people 50 and older. In many cases the numbers reflect people who waited until their children were grown and out of the house before they made a decision that would be hard on them. In other cases, the numbers simply show that second and third marriages do not tend to last like first marriages do. In 1990, about 10 percent of the divorces in the United States were among people […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2012 – Laws that have the potential to dramatically change how alimony is awarded in Florida are working their way through the legislature in Tallahassee this season. The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hear testimony at the end of January from members of Florida Alimony Reform. Proponents of alimony reform say the current laws are draconian and reflect a mid-20th century approach to divorce in a 21st century world. “The proposed changes to Florida’s alimony rules will certainly make a dramatic difference in how much money one spouse can expect from the […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 17, 2012 – There are a lot of painful emotions that come out during a divorce and many of them linger. One of the few things people can control during these difficult times is the financial paperwork they will need to make their lives easier in the coming months and years. “One of the first things to do is to get a new power of attorney,” said Brandon divorce lawyer Joshua Law. “Your ex probably had it before and your new power of attorney will nullify the old one. It can now be your […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2012 – A Florida man is planning to sue the City of Ft. Lauderdale over a child custody order from California that sent his daughter to the West Coast and back against his will and against the local police’s authority. The police took the man’s child in September and the child’s mother took the girl to California. The man got courts on both coasts to agree that local police needed a Florida judge’s approval before taking the child. “It’s important to know your rights as a parent in child custody cases,” said Brandon […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2011 – The holidays are without question the toughest time of year for newly divorced couples and the children of their broken marriage. In order to minimize the stress that comes with the holiday season both parents must often go above and beyond what they think is reasonable in order to keep the peace. A fight with a former spouse during the holidays can cause more than an unhappy Christmas Eve. Sometimes that argument can have the unintended consequence of damaging the custody agreement. “This is the time of the year that the […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2011 – National Adoption Day is Nov. 19. This is a day to recognize and applaud the efforts of individuals and couples who decide to adopt a child and give them the chance to live in a safe, permanent, and caring home environment. According to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, an estimated 107,000 children are in foster care and waiting to be adopted. Statistics show that many live with about three different caregivers throughout their time in the foster care system and oftentimes have no family support system to give them a […]


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Brandon, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2011 – Brandon divorce attorney Joshua Law gets calls every week about couples unhappy with their marriage. Florida has the eighth highest divorce rate in the country, so it is not all that uncommon for the attorney to get calls at every stage of a breakup. He’s recently received calls and emails from individuals fed up with their spouse’s infidelity or reckless way with way finances, or distraught by their spouse’s lack of attention to their needs and the children. But he’s also had some calls where people just needed help to make […]


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