Divorce is different for everyone and even for the same person when they are dissolving a relationship with a different partner. Even if you have gone through the process before or have close friends who have gone through the process, the best approach is to start from the beginning.
Your family history, your current family structure, your plans for the future, your career, your home: All of these are variables that make Divorce different for everybody. Our goal is to assist you in identifying your variables in order to help you sort through the issues that are unique to your family and work with you to quickly reach a fair settlement that works for you and your family.
Do you have children?
If so, a parenting plan must be established. The parenting plan must be in the best interests of your child or children. Determining what is in the best interest of your child or children can be very difficult and may make obtaining a divorce much more complicated. It can be difficult for you and your co-parent to set aside your differences and work together to create a parenting plan that is in each child’s best interest.
The firm strives to create a parenting plan that is in each child’s best interest while also aggressively pursuing our clients’ interests and goals for the child. In Florida, custody of a child is broken down to parental responsibility for the child and timesharing between the parents of the child. Each family situation is unique and many factors come into play when determining parental responsibility and timesharing. The firm will explain how your factors would weigh into a court’s determination regarding custody issues in the event an agreement between the co-parents cannot be reached.
Do you have assets?
The majority of the assets acquired or built up during your marriage are marital assets eligible for division. Florida courts divide marital assets and liabilities 50/50 in the event an agreement between the parties is not reached. The firm assists our clients in obtaining their fair share of the marital assets, including bank accounts, retirement accounts, real estate, vehicles and so on.
The wealthier you are, the more complex this process is likely to be. However, everybody has something to protect. Forensic Accountants and Appraisers may be needed to determine how the assets would be divided in order to provide our client’s with his or her fair share.
Do you have plans?
You may not consider yourself wealthy. You may not have a child or children from your current marriage. However, it is almost certain that your divorce has some bearing on your future.
Please do not forge ahead on assumptions alone. Do not take advice from someone who means well but who is not qualified to advise you in a legal capacity. You deserve a divorce agreement that works for you — one that is as unique as your family.