What topics are covered in a divorce in Florida?

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Divorce on Friday, January 23, 2015.

We have covered a variety of divorce topics on this blog. Many of our Florida readers might have some questions regarding how to end a marriage in the state. While some answers are easy and apply to all divorces, others aren’t so simple. For that reason, you should always contact a professional to ensure that you fully understand the implications of any decision you make.

What are some of the most common areas covered in a divorce?

A divorce involves splitting up assets and debts. That is called property division. The divorce also covers child custody and child support. You and your ex, or the court, will determine how to split custody of the kids. The Florida child support guidelines will determine who is paying how much in child support. In some cases, alimony will be considered as part of the divorce process.

How do we make decisions?

Some decisions are made by the court, but you can also work with your ex to come to mutually agreeable terms for the divorce. Divorce mediation is one way that this can happen. In mediation, you and your ex can hash things out with the help of an attorney. If that doesn’t work, the case can go before the court for the judge to decide how everything is handled.

It is much easier to go through the mediation process because that puts you and your ex in charge of how things are settled. You don’t have to worry that a judge who doesn’t know you will split up your assets. Ensuring you have someone to watch out for your interests is vital in either case.

Source: The Florida Bar, “Divorce In Florida Pamphlet” accessed Jan. 23, 2015