If you are preparing for a divorce, the uncertainty of what to expect on the other side can be one of the most difficult parts of the process. To make the transition as smooth as possible, many people find it helpful to take a proactive approach to addressing their concerns, and this includes taking steps to protect their legal rights.
Common Challenges People Face After Getting Divorced
For men and women alike, some of the most challenging aspects of getting divorced involve figuring out how to cope with their new, unmarried lives. This can include things like:
- Coming to terms with the fact that their marriage is over
- Telling their close friends and family members that they are getting divorced
- Having coworkers find out about their divorce
- Maintaining existing social support networks, particularly where both spouses have the same friends
- Finding new sources of companionship and social interaction
To address these types of challenges, experts often suggest confiding in trusted friends and family members, and seeking professional help if you begin to experience symptoms of anxiety or depression.
Of course, there are significant legal aspects to your divorce as well, and these too can have a major impact on your life after your divorce. Enforcing your legal rights can be important not only for your confidence and feelings of self-worth, but for ensuring your long-term stability and standard of living as well. Consider, for example:
- Property rights – In Florida, with limited exceptions, the property that spouses share during their marriage is subject to “equitable distribution” upon divorce. However, equitable does not mean equal, and making sure you get to keep the things that matter to you while also protecting your fair share can be important for your long-term happiness.
- Custody and time sharing rights – For many parents, nothing is more important in their divorce than making sure that they get to play an ongoing role in the lives of their children.
- Child support – Whether you will be entitled to receive child support or obligated to pay, making sure that the responsibility for your children’s expenses is properly apportioned is critical. While it is possible to modify child support obligations post-divorce, this isn’t easy. So, it is in your best interests to get it right the first time around.
- Alimony – If you will need either temporary or long-term support (or if your spouse requires support) after your marriage ends, this is something that will be critical to address during your divorce. You are entitled to a certain standard of living, and if this requires payment of spousal support, you do not want to give up your legal rights.
Preserving your future often starts with protecting your rights. By protecting your rights in your divorce, you can help position yourself for a happy and successful life after marriage.
Speak with a Jacksonville, FL Divorce Lawyer at Beller & Bustamante, P.L.
Beller & Bustamante, P.L. is a family law firm that provides experienced and compassionate representation for divorces in the greater Jacksonville area. To get help before, during, or after your divorce, submit our online form or call (904) 288-4414 today.