Divorcing in Florida: You can get the help you need

Not many people go into a marriage considering what would happen in a divorce, but if you've decided that your marriage has come to an end, it may be time to look into what steps you have to take next. Asset division, alimony, child custody arrangements and other parts of your divorce need to be discussed.

How does asset division work in Florida?

Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means the courts will divide your property in a way in which it believes is fair. There are a number of things the courts look at to determine what is fair, from the length of your marriage to the economic circumstances of you and your spouse. Equitable splits don't have to be equal splits, so if there are certain things you want out of your marriage, your attorney can help you appeal for those assets in your case.

Do all couples have to deal with alimony arrangements?

After your asset division is determined, alimony may be another thing the court wants to review. The court may not order alimony to be paid, but it may if there is a discrepancy in incomes. Some of the things that might be looked at to determine if alimony is necessary include your ages, the emotional condition of each party, the tax consequences of alimony awards and how they affect each spouse and the financial resources available to each spouse.

Divorces can be complicated, but if you can work together to come to an agreeable settlement or have the right attorney on your side to help get through difficult decisions, you can make it through your divorce as quickly as possible. Our website has more information on the things you need to know before your divorce.

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