The stress of the need to start a conversation about divorce can quickly snowball. This can make an already difficult situation even more frustrating and result in an unproductive conversation. Three questions to ask yourself first that can help you make progress on your path towards divorce include:
#1: What are the legalities of the process?
Florida courts generally require all married individuals have a court sign off on a written agreement before the divorce is finalized, but the way each divorce gets there is different. For some, traditional litigation in a courtroom is the best option. For others, a form of alternative dispute resolution like mediation may make more sense while for still others a hybrid of both is best. Look into the options available and discuss the benefits of each with your attorney to help better ensure you choose the path that is best for your family’s future.
#2: What practicalities should I prepare for?
In addition to the need to put together a final divorce agreement, each couple going through divorce will also need to split their property. This includes assets and debts. Taking the time to gather necessary paperwork can save both time and money.
#3: What about the children?
Those who have children will also need to put together a parenting plan. This plan is not a one-size-fits-all deal. It will vary with each family’s needs and evolve with the age of the children. The amount of time each parent spends with a toddler, for example, is much different than the time spent with a teenager.
Although just a starting point, having a good grasp on these three questions can help any couple that is looking to move forward with a divorce take steps in the right direction towards a smooth transition to post-divorce life. The more we do to address these questions before and during the divorce, the less likely we are to have surprises after the divorce is finalized.