Making the decision to file for divorce is never easy and often, emotions take over when it is necessary to start discussing some of the more contentious issues that surround a divorce proceeding. Too frequently, spouses lose sight of what is important to them and instead, a divorce proceeding becomes a battleground for all types of wrongs, real and imagined.
This is why it is so important to work with a divorce attorney who understands the divorce process and can help you through some of the more difficult decision that will have to be made including:
- Child custody and support – perhaps of all the issues that must be worked out in a divorce proceeding is the custody arrangements for the children of the marriage. Since 2007, custody and visitation laws were replaced. Instead, the Florida courts now prefer to have parenting plans which clearly outline the rights and responsibilities of each parent after a divorce. This includes input into all decisions made regarding the child’s ongoing care.
- Property division – property division issues are often complicated when one of the spouses has a business they are largely responsible for. We can help ensure that all assets of the marriage are treated in a manner that is beneficial to you and your children. We understand that property division must be done equitably and we will act as a strong advocate on your behalf.
- Division of debt – in many cases, divorces are complicated by issues of who is responsible for the debts the couple incurred during the marriage. However, it is important the debt be paid for in a responsible way and that neither partner’s credit rating suffer because the other one failed to meet their obligations.
Sometimes couples can agree to the terms of their divorce and oftentimes, a settlement can be reached out of court. In these cases, it is important to have an attorney review all of the terms of the agreement to ensure that it is fully enforceable under Florida laws.
Whether you are filing a contested or an uncontested divorce, you need a Florida family and marital law attorney to work with you throughout the process. At Kinnear K. Smith PA, we will work closely with you to ensure that your rights and the rights of your children are addressed in any divorce proceedings. We have the skills and experience you need when you are going through a Florida divorce.