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Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. 
Proverbs 10:12

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LOVE NEVER FAILS.

A Message From Senior Partner and Owner Tom Marks...

This month's Newsletter theme is love. That may seem like an unusual topic to receive from a family law firm. However, if you asked, "What's love got to do with it?", I would say "everything!"

People get married because they are "in love" and they have children as a result. I know you have heard that there is a fine line between love and hate as they are both strong emotions. It is hard to imagine sometimes how two people who loved each other so much at one point could now hate each other like they do.

I understand we live in a fallen world where people hurt each other and do bad things and feelings change significantly. You may not be husband and wife anymore when the divorce process is over, but you will still always be mom and dad. And those kids that depend on you so much see themselves as half mom and half dad which is true genetically.

And of course they are the ones that are hurt the most when mom and dad no longer love each other and act so hostile toward each other. I believe it is possible to love your former spouse, perhaps not as the person you once loved as your life partner, but now as the mother or father of those children you love so much. You can learn to love your former spouse in a different way because of how much you love your kids. It's not because they deserve it or because they will do anything going forward to earn it.

You do it because you love your children that much and because it will benefit them most of all. You want them to grow up to be a healthy, happy and well adjusted adults one day who might give you some adorable grandchildren.

But now faith, hope and love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Thomas D. Marks, Esq.

How do I Protect My Assets in a Divorce?

If you own significant assets, you generate substantial income, and you are facing divorce, the following article could salvage a large portion of your net worth.

In divorce, the more you make, the more you have at stake. Unless you have an ironclad prenuptial agreement, up to 50% of any net worth accumulated during your marriage could belong to your spouse – and maybe more.

The following eight tips will help you understand how to protect yourself through the divorce process.
 

When Business Owners Face Divorce

If you are a business owner, and you are considering divorce, read this first.

Under to Florida Statute 61.075, property owned by you and your spouse falls in one of two categories: marital or nonmarital.

Specifically, marital property typically includes:
 
- Assets and liabilities accrued during your marriage, whether accrued individually or jointly.

- The enhancement of value and appreciation of nonmarital assets as a result of either spouse during the marriage or from the investment of marital funds or other forms of marital assets, or both.

- Gifts given between spouses during the marriage.

- All vested and nonvested benefits, rights, and funds earned during the marriage in retirement, pension, profit-sharing, annuity, deferred compensation, and insurance plans and programs.

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