Florida Attorneys Helping Destress the Divorce Process for Florida Couples
There are times when a divorce is unexpected; in these cases, it often ends up rushed. But, most couples are aware that a divorce is coming, and yet, still find themselves facing last-minute tasks. Divorces are undoubtedly one of the most emotional and stressful times for anyone. Therefore, it is important that couples know the critical steps to take before finalizing their divorce so that things are not as chaotic.
It is best to consult with a family law attorney to see which of these apply to your case, and what other things you may need to do to finalize your own divorce.
Be Cautious With Life-Altering Decisions
Divorce is full of life-altering decisions; therefore, none should be made lightly. When you are thinking about your children, think of what is best for them today as well as several years from now. You should sit down and assess the pros and cons of each decision, so you can rest assured that you aren’t stuck with something you regret.
Use Separate Attorneys
Even if you and your spouse get along and agree to the divorce, each of you needs your own attorney. This ensures that both of you have your rights protected, but also have a personal advocate to ensure the settlement is as fair for both parties as possible. While it may be tempting to use the same attorney, once the divorce process starts, animosity can happen and having unbiased legal counsel is always best.
Consider What is Best for The Children
You need to consider what is in the best interest of your children – not yourself. The courts only care about what is best for the children, and when it comes to custody and support, the courts don’t care about how it affects you. They do, however, care about how it impacts the child’s quality of life.
Try to keep your child’s life as normal as possible, despite the divorce. If you can, discuss the divorce with him or her together so that the child understands what is going on. Older children may have input about visitation and living arrangements, too.
Prepare Yourself Financially
You will soon be going from a dual income home to a single income home. This will mean a big change in your monthly finances. Be sure to calculate out a monthly budget based on your new income and expenses. If you are receiving or paying support (child or spousal), those must be factored in.
Update Your Estate Plan
Divorcing couples are often so consumed with the divorce that they forget about any estate plans they have out there. Without an updated estate plan, an ex-spouse could potentially inherit your estate, despite the fact that you have divorced.
Speak With a Florida Family Law Attorney to Prepare
Regardless of what stage you are in, consulting with an attorney is in your best interest. Speak with the attorneys at Beller & Bustamante, P.L. today. We are here to help you through every step of your divorce, but also with any estate planning that may be affected after the divorce has finalized. Schedule your consultation now by calling 904-288-4414 or by requesting your consultation online.