If you’re not quite sure how to get a divorce in Florida, you’ve come to the right place. As a family law attorney here in Miami, I’ve come across my fair share of bungled divorce cases. Let’s just say that I’ve come away with plenty of examples of what people who are getting divorced should not do as they take their case forward.
Here are five mistakes to avoid in your divorce.
Always Waiting for a Better Time
I’ve seen some people stay in an unhappy marriage for longer than they wanted to just because they were concerned about spoiling a holiday or birthday or another special event. This is a bad idea for a few reasons. If you stay in a bad marriage for longer than necessary, you are allowing the situation to control you, not the other way around. Things that can negatively affect the outcome of your divorce case can happen in the time you wait. For instance, holidays often involve alcohol, and we all know that tempers and arguments are more likely if people have been drinking.
Do yourself a favor and file for divorce when you are ready, not when you think will be the most inconvenient.
Getting the Kids Involved
Aside from the moral implications of trying to get your child to take your side during a divorce, there are also plenty of legal ramifications that can happen if you involve your children. How you conduct yourself around your kids is a major part of custody. Don’t do anything that could jeopardize your relationship with your child.
Forgetting about Property Taxes
Splitting assets during a divorce is a complicated process. Many times one spouse will be awarded real property, such as the family home because they have won primary custody of the children. While this might seem like a good thing, if the property taxes are too high for you to afford, you could be looking at financial troubles down the road.
Settling Too Quickly
Many couples just want to get it over with. I get that, but settling before you’ve gotten the terms you deserve can lead to regret in the future. It can be tough, but try to stick it out. You’ll thank yourself for years to come.
Not Considering Mediation
Divorce doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to see the inside of a courtroom. Divorce mediation is a less antagonistic approach to divorce that can make the emotional toll that splitting up takes on you less dramatic. It can also save you lots of money and preserve your relationship with your ex-spouse, which many co-parents want, even if they’re no longer together. Consider talking to your spouse about mediation before taking your case to court.
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