Four Tips to Protect Children during a Divorce

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Ranked among the American Academy of Trial Attorneys’ Premier 100 Trial Attorneys and a recipient of two Lawyer of the Year awards, Jeffrey A. Weissman is an experienced divorce lawyer in Boca Raton, Florida. Jeff Weissman’s legal services focus on areas of law involving spousal support, equitable distribution, and child custody.

Child custody professionals advise those involved in divorce proceedings to take the following precautions to protect children:

1. Consider litigation alternatives. Choosing a collaborative approach over traditional litigation can quicken the divorce process and may decrease contentiousness, which can limit children’s exposure to confrontational divorce proceedings. Additionally, this allows parents to focus more on co-parenting than legal concerns.

2. Distance children from drama. Never allow your children to see you fight with your ex-spouse, and keep them distanced from intimate details regarding disputes between adults. Avoid expressing negativity against the other parent in their presence, and do not pressure them to release details about their “other home.” Focus instead on the children’s well-being and making the transition easier for them.

3. Avoid loyalty conflicts. Avoid making your child feel as if they need to choose sides during a divorce, and allow them to express emotions about the other parent freely. Possibly the most damaging aspect of parental conflict, making a child choose sides can result in behavioral problems, isolation, and feelings of depression.

4. Communication is key. Maintain constant communication with your children to assure them that the divorce is not their fault. Children often blame themselves for divorce and need regular reminders that they hold no responsibility for the separation.

The Selection Process at NADC Nation’s Top One Percent

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A divorce lawyer based in Boca Raton, Florida, attorney Jeffrey A. Weissman has received numerous honors and accolades over the course of his career. In 2015, attorney Jeff Weissman was named to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s (NADC) Nation’s Top One Percent.

Dedicated to promoting high standards of legal achievement in the United States, NADC acknowledges the highest-performing attorneys in a broad range of practice areas. To select the top 1 percent of all attorneys in the United States, NADC uses a four-stage selection process.

Candidates for the Nation’s Top One Percent are identified via in-house research or nominations from NADC members or professional associates. Candidates then undergo an in-depth vetting process, during which NADC researchers evaluate areas such as firm profile and reputation, peer endorsements, leadership in legal organizations, and trial experience. Next, a panel of accomplished lawyers assess candidates and narrows down the list to a handful of elite lawyers. Finally, a judicial review board comprising former judges decides which attorneys represent the Nation’s Top One Percent.

The Lifestyle Media Group Leaders in Law Awards

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Divorce attorney Jeffrey A. Weissman is a partner of Gladstone & Weissman, PA, in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2015, attorney Jeffrey Weissman received the Leaders in Law Award in the Family Law Category from the Lifestyle Media Group.

Established as a joint partnership between the Lifestyle Media Group and South Florida Business & Wealth, the Leaders in Law Awards recognize lawyers who have distinguished themselves within their fields. To qualify for a Leaders in Law award, lawyers must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their legal practice and dedicate themselves to the highest levels of ethics.

In terms of nominations, any individual or business can nominate a lawyer for a Leaders in Law award. Nomination questions include the background and experience of the nominee, as well as the nominee’s reputation and overall commitment to the South Florida area.

Leaders in Law recognizes lawyers in a wide variety of practice areas, including real estate, family law, health care, personal injury, medical malpractice, and many more. Leaders in Law also awards three Law Firm of the Year awards to a small, medium, and large firms every year.

Understanding Alimony: Traditional Versus Modern Notions of Support By Jeff Weissman, Attorney at Law

Alimony is among the more complex areas of law that involves large stakes due to the transactional nature of one spouse supporting another. The following summary offers a look at the initial purposes of alimony compared to how it is used today.

The concept of alimony originally came about as a means of support from the working partner, or the financial provider for a couple, to a former spouse who was in need. Alimony served as a way to assist the support recipient in maintaining their standard of living after a dissolution of marriage action.

While the laws have changed dramatically over the years, alimony still offers an arrangement in which one spouse offers financial support to the other. Today, there are six common types. Temporary alimony is paid during the pendency of a divorce proceeding. Bridge-the-gap alimony is paid in short-term marriages and lasts for approximately two years after the divorce. Rehabilitative alimony is paid to help transition someone who has sacrificed his or her career goals during the marriage into becoming self-supporting. Durational alimony is paid in moderate-term marriages and can last up to the full length of the marriage. Permanent alimony is paid until either party dies or the recipient remarries, and is reserved for long-term marriages. And, lastly, lump-sum alimony offers a one-time payment after the divorce has been concluded.

About the Author:

Jeff Weissman is a practicing marital and family law attorney at Gladstone & Weissman, PA, in South Florida.

Presenting an Effective Relocation Case By Jeff Weissman, Attorney, Gladstone & Weissman

Most people want the flexibility to move from one city to another, or even relocate to a different part of the world. Parents usually find that a relocation request proves most effective if they prepare their case with the help of an attorney knowledgeable in family law. Many noncustodial parents try to prevent relocations that would require them to travel long distances to maintain contact with their children.

Relocation laws in Florida ultimately focus on the best interests of the child. Courts compel petitioners seeking approval for relocation to demonstrate the efficacy of a move for the long-term prospects for themselves and their children. Moreover, the law obliges them to provide adequate notice to noncustodial parents to give them time to challenge relocation requests. They also need to respond to any assertions that relocation would harm the noncustodial parents’ relationship with the child or children.

About Jeff Weissman:

A family law attorney with more than 18 years of experience, Jeff Weissman serves as a Partner with the Florida law firm Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. He focuses on such legal matters as divorce and custody, primarily for high net worth clients. To learn more about Jeff Weissman, call (866) 974-8960.

Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement? By Jeff Weissman

A prenuptial agreement spells out in clear language how the assets of both parties will be distributed in case a marriage ends due to divorce or death. Although most couples do not want to spoil the romance by talking about prenuptial agreements, they often make good financial sense.

Prenuptial agreements protect the wealthy as well as those who want to maintain property assets or investments such as stocks and retirement funds. Agreements also protect people who have children or grandchildren from a previous marriage, and similarly, those who maintain responsibility for the care of an elderly parent. Further, people who expect to receive an inheritance should consider a prenuptial agreement.

Many couples enter into a prenuptial agreement when one partner possesses more wealth than the other, when one is a student preparing to enter the field of medicine or another high-earning profession, or when one partner works to put the other partner through college. Conversely, a prenuptial agreement can be leveraged if one partner maintains significant debt that the other does not want to take on.

An Attorney and Partner with Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., Legal Services in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jeff Weissman commands experience in a variety of marital and family law issues. Mr. Weismann has presented several seminars for the Florida Bar Family Law Section on subjects such as drafting prenuptial agreements, equitable distribution, and enforcement of legal obligations.

A Prenuptial Agreement Saves Time and Money in the Event of a Divorce By Jeff Weissman, Attorney, Gladstone & Weissman

A prenuptial agreement protects couples, their interests, and their assets in the event of a divorce. The provisions of the contract, which would be enacted if either spouse chose to dissolve the marriage, include predetermined rules about the preservation of pre-marital property, qualification for and division of marital property, and the amount and duration of spousal support. In addition, a prenuptial agreement can include provisions regarding estate rights and even penalties for infidelity or actions seen as contributing factors in the divorce regardless of whether the parties will be living in a state which adopts a fault or no-fault based system.

Divorce law delineates the allocations of assets from a marriage. A prenuptial agreement customizes the outcome of a divorce; it may also include provisions for children, including educational funding and ongoing support. In Florida and other states, however, custodial and child support provisions of a prenuptial agreement are never per se binding and will be subject to the province of the court. These contracts often minimize the duration of divorce proceedings because many terms of the separation are already established, saving both parties time and aggravation in what is usually an emotionally charged time.

About Jeff Weissman: With a proven record dating back more than 18 years, Jeff Weissman practices family law in Florida. A Partner in the firm Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., he provides capable legal counsel for such actions as divorces and custody cases. Visit GWPA.com for more information about attorney Jeff Weissman.