Getting divorced can be a confusing time for a Florida couple. There are so many issues and details to deal with that some couples may feel like burying their head in the sand. During this time in a couple's life, most everyone they know will have some sort of advice - go to court, use divorce mediation, hire this person or take that approach. The trick is to listen to the advice and take only what will work for you and your family.
After the decision to divorce is made and the couple has had time to work through the initial shock, they will need to decide what kind of divorce they want to have. Divorce doesn't have to be the unpleasant experience that some people experience and Hollywood often depicts. Even when emotions are high, putting those emotions aside to work together for the good of the family may even help the couple heal along the way to creating a new life.
Sitting down and making a list of all of the marital property is a good first step. This list should include everything, bank accounts and insurance policies. The more thorough the issues are dealt with from the beginning, the less chance there is of problems after the divorce is final. In addition to property division, there are the questions of child custody, child support, and alimony. In the long run, a couple may gain by making these decisions for themselves instead of having a Florida judge make the decisions for them.
Each party should have their own representation as well. This can help avoid unnecessary conflicts later and help ensure a fair and complete settlement. Divorce mediation is a good option for those couples who are able to work together. This process can help the couple negotiate any of those items that they aren't able to work out between themselves. Whatever approach is taken, open communication and the ability to confront the issues together may produce an equitable settlement without the drama.
Source: Huff Post, "Thinking About Getting Divorced? 7 Things To Consider," Ann Blumenthal Jacobs, Patricia Ryan Lampl and Tish Rabe, Sept. 27, 2012