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How Does Divorce Affect Your Student Loans?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

When dividing debt in a Florida divorce, judges will take many factors into consideration just as they would do when dividing property. For instance, a judge may give a debt incurred prior to the union to the spouse who accumulated it. Likewise, the judge might divide a debt fairly between two parties if they… Read More »


When Divorce Mediation Fails: What’s Next?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

Divorce mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution that divorcing couples go through to resolve their differences in a mediated setting rather than through litigation and in court. The mediation process is a private process in which only the couple, the parties’ respective attorneys, and the mediator are present.  If a party has… Read More »


To Keep or Not to Keep the House – That is the Question

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

Aside from who gets the kids, one of the biggest questions in any divorce is, who gets to keep the family home? The family home is likely the greatest asset a couple owns together, and it is likely the one asset both parties put their heart and soul into creating and maintaining. Because of… Read More »


Domestic Asset Protection Trust: How You Can Use it to Protect Yourself in Divorce

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

If you have substantial assets prior to tying the knot, you have likely considered entering a prenuptial agreement. Doing so is smart, and if you and your soon-to-be spouse have talked about prenups, you are one step ahead of many. However, know that even the most well-thought out and talked-out prenuptial agreement is not… Read More »


What is Parental Abduction and How Can You Spot It?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

Federal law defines “parental abduction” as the taking, concealment, or retention of a child by a parent, other family member, or an agent of a family member, for the purpose of withholding custody rights or visitation rights from another parent or family member. Per Florida Statutes 787.03, the act of interfering with custody with… Read More »


Valuing Artwork in Your Florida Divorce

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

Property division in a high asset Florida divorce is a contentious issue in and of itself, but when assets include high-end artwork, antiques, and other valuables, it can become even more so. Aside from the value implication of dividing marital assets, the opposing parties must contend with their emotional attachments to certain pieces, which… Read More »


What Happens When My Ex-Spouse Does Not Pay the Debts Assigned to Them in Divorce?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

It is an all-too common scenario—one or more joint debts are allocated to one spouse in a divorce, and that spouse, whether out of spite or necessity, does not pay the debt. As a result, both spouses’ credit scores suffer. In some instances, the other spouse goes so far as to file bankruptcy. Whether… Read More »


Is it Illegal to Refuse a Court-Ordered Paternity Test?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

DNA tests serve many purposes in today’s society, including but not limited to growing family trees, identifying archeological remains, solving cold cases, and tracking down long-lost relatives. By far one of the most far reaching impacts of DNA tests, however, is their ability to establish paternity and therefore ensure that the right man is… Read More »


Changes to Florida Alimony Law, Effective 2019

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

If you and your spouse plan to get a divorce, you should probably be aware that any divorce that is not finalized before January 1, 2019 will be subject to new law concerning the taxability and deductibility of alimony.  Currently, unless otherwise specifically designated, alimony is taxable to the recipient and deductible for tax… Read More »


Voluntary Impoverishment: What is It and How Can You Hold Your Child’s Other Parent Accountable?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

When a couple parts ways and a child is involved, child support is almost a guarantee. Florida courts use a set formula to determine how much a parent will pay in child support to ensure utmost fairness across the state. That formula takes into consideration a number of factors, two of which include the… Read More »

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