Divorce usually doesn’t just happen overnight. There is usually a almost always slow build up to it. But, when a couple finally decides it is time to get divorced, what matters should they discuss first? We will attempt to answer that very question in this post.
If you have kids, they should be your first topic of discussion. You will need to discuss parenting duty splits. These will include holidays, birthdays, sports or other extracurricular activities. If you can agree to an amicable plan and make a draft, that can save you a great deal of time and effort down the road.
Assets and liabilities are what should be addressed next. This is a tough one and many times a mediator is needed. It is a good idea to get on the same page early because equitable distribution is the law of the land in Florida. A judge will determine what is fair if you and your spouse cannot.
Alimony and Child Support are next on the list. The judge will usually take into account such factors as
- length of relationship
- income of each person
- health of each person
Divorce is very commonly looked upon as a very contentious and drawn out experience. But, if a divorcing couple can get on the same page for a few major topics, it can make the process go much more smoothly.
Sometimes an attorney is only needed to help smooth out the rough edges and get everything on paper. An attorney can also take the guess-work out of the process.