Despite it being one of the most recommended means of settling a divorce case, mediation is still an unknown for many divorcing couples in Florida. The belief that every divorce involves prolonged and ugly court battles does not have to be the situation for everyone. In fact, there are a variety of benefits to using mediation that will help many couples resolve their divorce as quickly and cheaply as possible.
Divorce is often a complicated and expensive process for many couples. By fighting about child custody, alimony and property division issues, some end up spending exorbitant amounts of money on legal fees. Fortunately, by avoiding a few common mistakes, couples in Florida can go their separate ways without breaking the bank.
When married couples get divorced in Florida, there are certain guidelines that are used to determine how property will be divided between the spouses. These guidelines are based on certain factors that are particular to each marriage. For this reason, the division of property for one couple may not be the same for another couple.
As many couples in Florida may know, there is a litany of issues to resolve when partners opt to dissolve their marriage. Some of these issues are vital, such as child custody, spousal support and property division, and the successful resolution of a divorce may hinge upon them. If any one of these issues is contested, the state recommends that couples engage in mediation.
For Florida couples who are going through a divorce, child custody battles may create a good deal of tension and animosity. Property division may cause tension as well, and if the property to be divided includes animals, then that tension may run especially high. For many, animals are a part of the family, though the legal system recognizes them as personal property. In the event of a divorce, animals may make property division especially difficult, as individuals have sometimes used the threat of taking over custody of an animal as a way to leverage better deals in terms of acquisition of property.
When a Florida couple seeks a divorce, they may become involved in property division proceedings that might become complicated, depending on certain factors. However, a recent article discusses some basics of the process that might be beneficial to some readers.
As Florida couples consider divorce, they might think about the welfare of their children or the disposition of their property. Another critical issue they may want to consider is their tax returns going forward. That is because divorce may have several implications on the way both spouses file their taxes.
For Florida couples going through divorce, the process can be overwhelming, both financially and emotionally. Simple property division typically involves tangible objects and decisions regarding who gets what. While simple property division may seem straightforward, it can be decidedly more challenging to divide abstract financial assets. Two of the most difficult things to divide are stock options and restricted stock.
Florida pet lovers may be interested in changing attitudes regarding pet ownership during divorce proceedings. For some people, pets are considered "property" such as real estate or other assets that can be divided between spouses during a split. For many people, however, pets are companions and, in some cases, surrogate children. According to the results of a survey administered to family law attorneys by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cases in which the custody of family pets is disputed as well as an increase in court acknowledgement of pets as assets over the past five years.
A recent report tells the story of what can happen when a Florida couple decides to end a relationship amicably. It is the story of a seemingly rare happy break-up, where two people decide to divorce but do not spend years fighting it out in court. It is because they engaged in collaborative divorce, a process designed to work out details like child support and spousal support without the undue influence of the courts.