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How some student loans might be canceled

Some Florida might believe that student loans cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy. While this is generally true, there are some exceptional circumstances in which it may be possible to get student loans discharged by the government. For example, student loans may be discharged if the school closes or engages in fraudulent activity. In the former case, the student must have been enrolled within 120 days of the school's closure.

Fed interest rate hikes to raise payments for debtors in Florida

Credit cards, adjustable-rate mortgages and home equity loans tie their interest rates to a rate set by the Federal Reserve. This rate establishes the cost of short-term loans between banks, and increases ripple out to Florida borrowers and affect their payments. The Federal Reserve has already raised this critical rate twice in 2017 by one-quarter percent each time. Financial experts expect a third increase by a similar amount later later in the year.

The number of health plans with high deductibles increases

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a rising number of people in Florida and the rest of the nation have been using health plans that have high deductibles. This is according to a study recently conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Debt settlement companies ordered to cease activities

The attorney general of Florida and the Federal Trade Commission have been able to obtain a court order that requires 11 companies to immediately cease all of their debt settlement activities in the state. The companies are accused of misleading consumers and violating several federal and state regulations. According to the complaint, the companies collected large amounts from consumers each month but failed to apply these sums to their outstanding credit card balances.

Communication important in helping children during divorce

Florida parents who are getting a divorce can help their children adjust during this difficult time. At the outset, they should be honest with their children who will know that something is wrong when a parent moves out. Children need reassurance that the divorce is not about them as well as space to ask questions and process their emotions. If children do not talk about the divorce, parents should start conversations about it and check in to see how they are feeling.

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