Florida Women's Law Group - December 2019

people who cash in on the hard work they’ve already accomplished. Many young people even worry Social Security will be wiped out by the time they reach retirement age. But who’s to say older adults can’t contribute to the economy? If you’ve ever tried to change jobs late in your career or pick up some part-time work after retirement, you know it’s hard to be hired as a senior. Quartz recently called seniors “the economy’s most underused natural resource.” Until more employers understand the value and potential of older workers, entrepreneurship remains the most viable avenue for seniors wanting to work after their primary career has ended. There are a number of reasons why seniors find creating their own business to be rewarding and why they tend to succeed when they do. Unlike younger people, who often become business owners in an attempt to make a fortune, older entrepreneurs can be content with small, sustainable micro-businesses. They also approach their businesses with a wealth of experience that can’t be purchased. As a result, 70% of ventures founded by older entrepreneurs are still open five years later, more than double the rate of the general population. With so much potential to be found in senior-run businesses, it’s no surprise that organizations are rushing to empower older adults with the tools they need to succeed. Senior Planet, a coworking space for seniors with outposts nationwide, teaches classes on skills like website creation in a space that makes older learners feel welcome and comfortable.

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As a nation, America is getting older. By 2030, 20% of Americans will be 65 or older. With people living longer than ever before and the baby boomers approaching retirement age en masse,

older adults will continue to have a massive impact on the American economy at large. Normally, we think of seniors as PARENTING PLAN CHANGES When the Old Agreement Doesn’t Fit On top of being an important economic driver, entrepreneurship can be a wonderful way for seniors to generate meaning and value in their lives. It’s never too late to start the business of your dreams.

Even after a divorce, families will always continue to grow and change. Children get older, you and your ex continue to pursue your respective careers, relatives move closer or farther away — no piece of the puzzle is static. That’s why it’s important to know how to alter a parenting plan to reflect these life changes. TALK IT OUT Often, there is no need for the courts to get involved when it comes to modifying a parenting plan. So long as you are comfortable contacting your ex-spouse and discussing the need for a change, you can reach an agreement that works best for your children together. This works particularly well in situations where you or your ex has moved, the children’s school schedules have changed, or other unforeseen factors have arisen. GET IT IN WRITING While going to court can be avoided, you should still contact your lawyer when making a long-term change to your parenting plan. They can help you draft the proposed change in writing, which you and your ex can then sign. Your attorney can also make sure this record is filed with the court. This way you’re protected if your ex doesn’t hold up their end of the deal. GO TO COURT When you can’t reach an agreement with your ex but feel a substantial change in your parenting plan is in the best interest of

your children, then you’ll need to go to court. In the hearing, you’ll need to show the judge how your proposed change is better for your children’s physical and/or emotional well-being than their current arrangement. It’s best to consult with your family law attorney before pursuing this serious option. They can give you a better idea of how the court will view your proposal and the likelihood of approval. If you’re not comfortable reaching out to your spouse about a change to your parenting schedule but aren’t sure if the court is the best option, consider reaching out to Susan Birch, our client liaison specialist. She can connect you with our attorneys or other specialists as needed. You can call or text Susan at 904-910-0544.

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