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Founded in 1997 we are experienced and knowledgeable Tampa attorneys practicing exclusively in Divorce, Family, Stepparent/Relative Adoption, Criminal Defense, and Personal Bankruptcy. We practice primarily in the cities of Tampa, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Carrollwood, Northdale, North Tampa, Plant City as well as Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Pasco County. We have offices conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay. Our lawyers have extensive experience practicing in contested and uncontested divorces, including military divorces, and family law, child support, child custody and visitation, relocation of children, alimony, domestic violence, distribution of assets and debts, retirement/pensions (military and private), enforcement and modification of final judgments, paternity actions, adoptions and name changes as well as criminal defense. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options. Please call us at 813-672-1900 or email us at info@familymaritallaw.com to schedule a consultation. Our representation of our clients reflects our dedication to them. We look forwarding to hearing from you! Se habla Español.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Is that Money from Your Ex’s Family a Gift or a Loan?

Helping out family financially is a common way of supporting loved ones. When a couple first marries, this support may be especially necessary to set up a new household or get settled into married life. These exchanges are usually given and received with appreciation and gratitude, and the specifics of how the giver views the exchange may never be explicitly stated. This is not necessarily an issue unless the couple later divorces, and the person who gave the money wants to recoup this money as a loan. This expectation can add a lot of conflict into what may be an already difficult divorce, and the question of whether the transaction should be treated as a gift or loan is not always easy to answer. Courts tend to favor seeing exchanges as gifts when possible, and only when the evidence is clear otherwise will they treat it as a loan. A missing mother of five is in the middle of a divorce that includes allegations by the woman’s family that her husband owes them $1.7 million for loans related to his property development firm. This claim adds complex dimensions to the case, and highlights why strong representation in some divorce cases is necessary.  Click here to read more.