No one in Florida ever gets married thinking that their relationship will end one day; however, it does happen. If you are separating from your spouse, here are some things you can do to make it easier under the circumstances.
Understand Florida divorce laws
You should understand the state’s divorce laws to avoid any surprises during the process and help you make informed decisions about your case. For example, you must have lived in Florida for a minimum of six months before filing for divorce. Secondly, you don’t need a reason to end your marriage because Florida is a no-fault divorce state. Thirdly, the court will divide your marital assets 50-50 unless there is a reason to split them equitably.
Be prepared financially
Have a solid understanding of your financial situation. You should have enough funds to pay your divorce attorney, consider your cost of living after the divorce and address any other expenses that may arise. Additionally, have a realistic expectation of what you might receive or likely give as alimony or child support.
Protect the kids
Divorce is very hard on children. Therefore, if you have kids, you and your ex-spouse must do whatever you can to protect them from the damage it might cause. Don’t use them as your confidants, spies or messengers. Instead, help them understand what’s happening, make it easier to ask any burning questions and assure them that everything will be fine.
Have realistic expectations about the outcome of the divorce
A great divorce is one where couples can reach a fair and satisfactory agreement. This means you must be willing to compromise to accommodate each other’s needs. However, don’t compromise too much or get taken advantage of.
A smooth divorce rarely ends up in court; negotiation is much simpler, more affordable and less time-consuming. Remember not to hurry up the legal process because you need sufficient time to deal with every aspect of your divorce, including emotions.