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Category Archives: divorce

How to Co-Parent with a Difficult Ex

When children are exposed to ongoing conflict between their parents post-divorce, they may be at risk for social, academic, and mental health problems. Oftentimes when the divorce and custody process has completed, many parents are at a loss as to how to co-parent with their difficult ex, especially if their ex suffers from narcissistic personality […]

Is Collaborative Divorce Right for You?

Collaborative Divorce can be the difference between an emotionally traumatic divorce and a peaceful divorce in Tampa, Florida. At the Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A., we help clients use the Collaborative Divorce method to end marriages amicably, so both parties can start their new lives on a positive note. Is Collaborative Divorce right for […]

How Can I Have a Peaceful Divorce? 5 Tips to Settle Amicably

Having practiced marital and family law for close to twenty years, the Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A. in Tampa has observed various actions and behaviors that may contribute to a lengthy and traumatic divorce.  Here are some general tips to help you achieve a peaceful divorce in Tampa: 1. Try to deal with the […]

5 Tips to Help Ease the Stress of Divorce on Children

Divorce can be extremely stressful for children. How they react to divorce can depend on their age, personality, and the circumstances of the divorce. The following are five tips to help ease the stress and pain of divorce for children. 1. Don’t Speak Negatively of Your Ex Refrain from disparaging the other parent to the […]

Can I Get a Divorce if My Spouse Abandons Me and Doesn’t Provide Me With an Updated Address?

CAN I GET A DIVORCE IF MY SPOUSE ABANDONS ME AND DOESN’T PROVIDE ME WITH AN UPDATED ADDRESS? Yes, in most cases you can obtain a divorce. However, it is not an easy process. Sometimes parties may have been separated for many years for a variety of different reasons. A spouse may have returned to […]

Wills & Divorce

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FORGET TO REMOVE MY FORMER SPOUSE FROM MY WILL & TESTAMENT? IF I PASS AWAY, WILL SHE GET EVERYTHING? The short answer is no. After a dissolution of marriage, any provisions in a Last Will and Testament that affect your former spouse becomes null and void, which simply means they do […]

Alimony? How the New Tax Law May Affect You

If you and your spouse are considering divorce in Tampa, FL, then you should be aware of the new tax law. The new tax law may have an impact on your finances, specifically, alimony. If you feel the new tax law may have a significant effect on your divorce terms, consider speaking with a Florida family […]

How To Deal With A Narcisisst Spouse Within Divorce?

A narcissist is a mental personality disorder in which a person has a lack of empathy for others and has a deep need of admiration and self importance. Narcissism may be caused by events or environments of our childhood or genetic and biological factors. However, the ultimate cause of narcissism has yet to be determined. […]

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement is a type of legal contract entered into by prospective spouses prior to the marriage. A prenuptial agreement becomes effective upon marriage of the parties. Prenuptial agreements can significantly alter the legal rights of spouses, so it is important to obtain an experienced attorney. Not only are prenuptial agreements used to protect […]

If I have been previously ordered to pay permanent alimony, will I be able to reduce or terminate my alimony obligation upon retirement?

Not necessarily. If the payor spouse voluntarily retires at age 65, which is the age of retirement in Florida, Florida courts have ruled as follows: “Even at the age of 65 or later, a payor spouse should not be permitted to unilaterally choose voluntary retirement if this choice places the receiving spouse in peril of […]

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