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Gulfport is a beautiful city, located in the southwest region of Pinellas County, Florida, United States, bordering St. Petersburg and Boca Ciega Bay. The population of Gulfport (as of the 2010 census) was 12,029 and is rapidly rising. Gulfport is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area, the 19th largest MSA in the country.
The town was originally named "the Disston City," in the late 19th century, when Hamilton Disston purchased land in the area. Unfortunately, the United States Postal Service would not recognize the name as it conflicted with a town in Hillsborough County. Instead, it was named Bonifacio. In the year 1890, the town name was changed to Veteran City. In 1910, to the chagrin of many, the name officially changed to Gulfport.
"Old Florida" is a phrase often evoked in describing Gulfport's waterfront district, with its mix of small-scale cottages and small independent shops, restaurants and other businesses, situated among mature oak trees and brick-paved streets.
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Pre-Nuptial Agreements in Gulfport, FL
Getting married can be an exciting occasion when all of the future spouses’ attention are on the preparations leading to the ceremony and starting a new life together. Future issues concerning property and finances are often overlooked until relationships turn sour or end up in divorce. If you are engaged to be married, entering into a prenuptial or premarital agreement can help protect properties that you own before the marriage and settle matters without need for lengthy and drawn out litigation.
In Florida, the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act allows future spouses to enter into an agreement which will take effect upon their marriage. The prenuptial agreement must comply with formal requirements of being in writing and signed by both parties. Parties may enter into terms and conditions on:
- Their respective rights and duties to their property
- The acquisition, disposal, and management or control of properties
- Distribution of properties in the occurrence of specific events
- Spousal support
- Other matters that are not contrary to criminal laws or public policy.
When one party seeks to enforce the provisions of a prenuptial agreement in court, the agreement may not be upheld if the party against whom it is sought to be enforced proves that:
The agreement was not executed voluntarily
There was fraud, duress, or coercion in its execution
The other party failed to disclose all property and financial obligations
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Gulfport, FL Divorce Attorney
Any type of divorce, whether it's contested, or uncontested usually yields an unpleasant experience. While finding counsel is important, and often times necessary, finding one that knows the rules and intricacies of Divorce Law well, can help you go a long way, in the event you are dealing with a contested matter. For starters, you would have to initiate the action, by filing a "Petition for Dissolution of Marriage." Once that's done, you need to have the other party (Respondent), served with the Petition (along with related documents). They would then have twenty (20) days to respond to the allegations made in the petition, and at the same time, would have an opportunity to file what's known as a "counter-petition." If and when the answer and counter-petition are filed, the counter-respondent would have 20 days to then respond to the counter-petition.