As family law practitioners, we can attest to the fact that going through any type of divorce is emotionally draining. It requires an ability to stay focused on the present and the future and to avoid dwelling too much in the past. It also requires a certain commitment of time, in order to respond to the necessaries of a legal process. Even amicable divorces require some time and energy. Accordingly, a divorce – particularly a high-net-worth divorce – requires focus, time commitment, and expenditure of emotional energy.
The good news is that there is support out there, and your lawyer is the place to begin. Our office has been handling complex divorces in Florida for decades. Allow us to impart some tips on what to do to plan for a divorce in Florida.
If after reading this blog, you have additional questions about your own circumstances, we welcome you to contact the seasoned family law attorneys at Crary Buchanan. At Crary Buchanan, we are proud of our standard of excellence, which has allowed us to thrive as one of the oldest law firms on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
Some Florida Divorce Basics
In Florida, a divorce is legally referred to as a “dissolution of marriage.” Further, there are two different ways of filing for a dissolution of marriage in Florida. First, and most common, is the “regular dissolution of marriage.” This process begins with a petition for dissolution of marriage, filed in the circuit court in the county where you and your spouse last lived together, or where either spouse currently resides.
The second way is called the “simplified dissolution of marriage.” The simplified version is, as the name suggests, meant to be simple. This process was designed so the services of an attorney might not be needed. Uncontested simplified divorces generally cost much less than contested ones.
Regardless of which type of dissolution of marriage you choose, you need to allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
With divorces in Florida, planning is key. Here are some planning tips you should consider to help you manage the always-difficult divorce process.
1. Plan your approach. If you have resolved that divorce is the only option for you, and it is what you want, then the first step is to contemplate how to discuss that with your spouse. Try to find an environment and time that will ensure that you will feel safe, that you can remain calm, and you can reasonably discuss your decision. If there is a history of volatility, then you may want to have a plan to stay overnight elsewhere.
2. The living situation during a divorce. Think of the best situation where you, your spouse, and your children (if any) will live during the divorce process. Depending upon whether you are the supporting or dependent spouse, consider what type of budget you will need with the knowledge that support might not be ordered by the court for some time. If you have children, make sure you have a solid plan for who will have primary custody, visitation, and any other detail geared towards making sure the children experience the least amount of disruption in their day-to-day lives.
3. Remaining single. Be careful about starting a new relationship right away. It may become a point of contention in any divorce proceeding. Further, with any relationship that has already begun prior to filing for divorce, you need to consider putting it on hold until the divorce process is complete.
4. Hire an attorney. Take some time to find an attorney with whom you are comfortable. It is an important relationship during this very difficult time. Be sure it is an attorney who specializes in family law.
5. Fortify your support system. Be sure to keep close contact with family and friends. Ending a marriage means the loss of the person you typically see daily. Be sure to have some support from others to fill in the gap that will be left. Also, remember that your attorney is not a therapist. Rather, he or she is focused on your legal rights. A good support system will be able to give you the emotional support you will need. In that vein, consider seeing a therapist help you during this difficult time.
6. Organize your paperwork. Financial documents, insurance paperwork, real estate documents, and deeds, etc. will be relevant to any divorce proceeding. Begin gathering these documents and create a divorce file.
7. Consider options for an amicable divorce. Do not be afraid to include the possibility of a mediator or other expert to help you and your spouse come to a resolution on ending the marriage while saving on considerable legal costs.
Let the Family Law Attorneys at Crary Buchanan Help
The issues that arise during family law cases are often very emotional and sensitive. These complicated matters are very important to the lives of our clients and their children and must be addressed with thorough and compassionate legal counsel. Our divorce and family lawyers are committed to providing personalized and experienced assistance in a range of family law matters. If you’re in the midst of divorce or family law proceedings, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney to ensure that your voice is heard, and your rights are protected.
At Crary Buchanan, we are committed to providing clients with exceptional service in every aspect of family law. You can depend upon our 85 years of experience in Florida law. The legal complexities of divorce proceedings in Florida can leave you with any questions
Our clients are more than case numbers; they are people. We recognize that you are an individual with unique needs and expectations. Our team is here to meet your need and exceed your expectations. When you work with us, you can have confidence that a caring legal advocate is on your side.
There is no need to be intimidated by the family law process when you have the support of the talented team at Crary Buchanan. If you have more questions or want dedicated legal counsel to help you, call 772-218-9600 or schedule a free consult online with our online contact form. You can always depend on Crary Buchanan for community, experience, and trust. Call today.