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Guidelines for Going Through the Florida Divorce Process

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Divorce on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Florida couples going through the divorce process can follow some general guidelines to produce amicable outcomes that all parties can live with. While no two relationships, marriages or divorces are exactly the same, divorces share in common that they do not necessarily have to be contentious. To better help the divorce process proceed smoothly, couples can avoid certain pitfalls.

Division of property is a significant aspect of any divorce. Child support and spousal support may also be significant considerations. This places finances in a critical position in the divorce process. Failing to produce accurate financial records can serve as a hindrance to a smooth and amicable process that likely includes property division and may also include other financial considerations. Tax considerations and other longer-term consequences can be implicated in any property division agreement so it is important to also keep tax considerations in mind.

When making divorce-related decisions and agreements, it is helpful to not allow emotions to get the better of either of the partners. This helps to put the parties' best interests first and can also appropriately position an amicable discussion concerning any child custody determinations. Focusing on what is in the best interests of the children, which the court will use to make any necessary child custody decisions, is an important focus to maintain. While divorce legal issues can seem complex, knowledge of how important considerations such as property division, spousal support, child support and child custody are determined can help relieve anxiety concerning the unknown and help focus on positive goals and outcomes.

It is also helpful to keep in mind that while courts can step in, couples can make many divorce-related decisions for themselves. By focusing on honesty, the removal of emotions, reasonableness and remembering to compromise, couples can arrive at agreements that both parties are comfortable with.

Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Divorce or Separation," Cheryl Dillon & Joe Dillon, Oct. 28, 2014

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