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August 2016 Archives

"The Things They Carried": Lessening the impact of PTSD on children

Although our country's military commitments to the Middle East have wound down, the impact of these war-time engagements continues to reverberate in households across Central Florida. While a deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan may be over, the memories of events on the front lines may still remain, impacting your home dynamic. If you or your spouse is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), your home dynamic could include not only your relationship with your spouse or partner, but also your relationship with your children. They may not have shared your experiences, but children are attuned to their parents' emotions and may be mirroring aspects of PTSD.

Dividing retirement accounts, pensions and other complex assets

When Florida couples have been married for lengthy periods of time, they often have accumulated substantial assets, including pensions, retirement accounts, investment properties and other complex assets. If you are in this situation and are considering getting divorced, you should expect that they will need to be divided between you and your spouse.

4 Things parents should consider when going through divorce

It is understandable that you have concerns when it comes to how your divorce will affect your children. However, rest assured that experts have concluded that parents' separations can have a less profound effect on kids than many people believe. The American Psychological Association points out that a child's adjustment post-divorce largely has to do with how his or her parents can resolve conflict and handle high-stress situations.

Keeping or selling marital property in a divorce

When a Florida couple obtains property during their marriage, the couple's decision of what to do with that property during a subsequent divorce can be complicated. Neither party should allow their emotions to control their decision. For example, if the marital house is too large for a single person and the couple has no children living at home, it may be a good idea for them to sell the property and divide the proceeds.

Is a simplified dissolution of marriage right for us?

Thanks to everything from popular television shows and films to the experiences of family members and friends, most people have certain preconceived notions about the divorce process. Namely, they automatically anticipate that it will be hostile, prolonged, costly and emotionally exhausting for all parties.

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