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Old 06-27-2009, 07:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Seperated..need support

Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum...I've been searching the internet for legal help and found ya'll and I hope you can steer me in the right direction. I live in Florida. My husband and I have been married for 30 years and we started our own business in 1992. Everything is in my husbands name...the vehicles, the business, the utilities....my name is on the mortage for the location we housed our business in. I quit my job when he started the business and have been involved in the daily operations the entire time. We have seperated and I need to know what I'm entitled to as far as support. He transferred all the funds that went into our business account into his personal account and finally removed me from the business account all together. I don't quailfy for legal aid because my name is on the property mortage. Family and friends tell me everything is "half mine" but I just need support right now while I sort out where our marriage is headed. I've been out of the home since February. Do I have any rights to support from the business?
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A brief review of Florida law on property of the marriage reveals that it is an equitable division state. As such, the court will divide property of the marriage in a fair manner based on the status and needs of both spouses.

Important factors for the judge will be whether the business and house was acquired before the marriage, the spouse that made a majority of separate contributions toward the payment of the principal and, whether the deed changed to joint tenancy, whether there were agreements between the spouses made before the marriage on the division of property of the marriage including the home-business and house, the relative financial positions of both spouses, etc, etc.


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