Top 5 Things To Know For Divorce
Advice for Going through Divorce in Florida
If you are going through a divorce and overwhelmed with emotions, please know you are not alone. Divorce is an emotionally trying time for everyone. It can seem overwhelming when first presented with this new reality, or be tempting to take action without actual consideration of the future results, but it’s important to approach the process with a clear head.
With over 40 years of combined experience, we’ve had plenty of time to learn what helps and hurts people in a divorce. Were are our top 5 things we want you to know when you’re going through a divorce:
1. Gather your financial documents.
You should have a good understanding of your finances when you begin the divorce process, as your assets and debts will be taken into account during the divorce proceeding and help determine the outcome of your divorce. You should have copies of all documents that reflect your assets and debts, such as tax returns, bank account records, retirement statements, pension or retirement funds and investment account records.
If you were not responsible for the finances in your house, you will need to take an inventory of your assets and debt — including taking photographs of your home, property, and any valuables you may have inside your home — and request a credit report so you know where you stand financially. Knowing your financial situation will also help get you started on the right foot once the divorce is granted.
2. Trust your attorney.
We often turn to our friends when we are going through a difficult situation. While it may be tempting to rely on the advice of a friend that already went through a divorce, every case is different. While their advice may be well-intentioned, it may not apply to your situation. That is why it is important to hire an experienced divorce attorney. Your divorce lawyer will know the details your specific case and the laws that apply in your state and present the best options to you.
3. Be patient, the divorce process can be long and confusing.
Statistics find that the typical divorce lasts one year. While we find many of our clients have closure before that time frame, it is important to keep in mind that the process takes time. Your attorney must follow court procedures which mean you may not get to court immediately. Your lawyer will work diligently to make sure the divorce process moves along as swiftly as possible.
4. Stop and consider the long-term ramifications, and don’t just settle your case for the sake of moving on.
Since the divorce process can be lengthy, many people are simply worn out from the emotional turmoil and seek a quick resolution. Settling your case when are high can lead to regret down the road. A lawyer can help you make clear-headed decisions that will be more beneficial to you in the long-term.
5. Don’t go on a spending spree as all assets and debts are shared until during the divorce proceedings.
Assets and debts are mutually shared until you or your spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. You or your spouse may continue to acquire an interest in any communal assets, even if when you are separated. It’s also equally valid, if you or your spouse incurs debt, you may continue to be exposed to a determination you are responsible for a share of that debt.
It’s important to stay in the moment and not get lost in analyzing the future. Make sure you when you feel scared or anxious to take several deep breaths, knowing you will get through this time.