Dividing Retirement Assets Can Be Tricky During Divorce

Many divorces involve dividing retirement assets. Dividing these assets can be tricky.

Many divorces involve dividing retirement assets. Dividing these assets can be tricky. Most people have either 401-K or Individual Retirement Accounts. However, dividing these can also cause problems. The biggest issue often is deciding when to evaluate the asset. Some people want to use the date the parties separated, while others use the date on … Read more

Opposite Ideas? Reasons for Choosing Mediation Over a Trial

Ocala Mediation and Dispute Resolution - Jonathan P. Culver, P.A.

Mediation is an important step in every family law case. And it’s a better solution than going to trial in almost all cases.  More people are satisfied if they have a say in the outcome. Trials are expensive, and you never know how a judge is going to rule. It’s better to control your own … Read more

Family Law Modifications – Preparation is the Key to Success

Many customers have come to us lately with modifications being sought in his or her family law case. Persons seek to modify the Final Judgment for a variety of reasons.  New jobs are offered in different cities or states. People remarry and need to move away. Someone who is paying child support may lose his … Read more

Self Determination a Hallmark of Mediation

Mediation is a great resource, and all parties should try it before marching into a courtroom. I attended the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s annual conference recently. It was refreshing to interact with so many other mediators. Without question, we all felt that mediation is a better alternative to trial.   Why use mediation? The answer … Read more

Independence Day Reflections: American’s Must “Hang Together”

Independence Day brings us a chance to reflect. A chance to think about the freedom and opportunities we enjoy here in the United States.

Independence Day brings us a chance to reflect – a chance to think about the freedom and opportunities we enjoy here in the United States.  It’s hard to imagine what it was like back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The British Empire spanned across continents. The British Army was bigger and … Read more

Top 3 Benefits of Mediation Over Going To Court

Before you ever reach a trial, try using mediation. Mediation is one of the best tools around. It is also called Alternative Dispute Resolution. And it provides a way for people to resolve problems without risking it all in court. It is a great forum for outlining differences, and it provides a safe and secure … Read more

Understanding The Legal Process – A Quick Tutorial

The legal process is something all people in a lawsuit should understand. Too often, new clients come to us and are confused by the process. So here's a quick tutorial.

The legal process is something all people in a lawsuit should understand. Too often, new clients come to us and are confused by the process. So here’s a quick tutorial. The legal process is always started by filing a Petition, or Complaint.   In legal terms, it’s called a pleading. The other party must usually … Read more

Divorce and its Impact on Children

Divorce and its impact on Children

Each child is unique, and has a natural desire to please his or her parents. Many of us do our best to raise our kids, but there’s no easy route when a child is caught in the middle of a divorce. For them, this is a life changing event. It turns their world upside down.   … Read more

I’m not ready for a divorce, but my spouse is….

Florida has the 8th highest divorce rate in the United States of America. All around, you hear of friends who have decided to dissolve their marriage. I’ve seen people dissolve their marriage after less than one year, and others after 40 years. Either way, it’s always a traumatic experience. No one I’ve ever met goes … Read more