Don’t delay divorce over alimony anxieties

Preparing to end a marriage is a serious matter. For many Florida spouses, concerns over all of the unknowns can be virtually debilitating. In fact, many couples stay married long after their union is defunct, based on worries concerning property division, child custody and alimony. As with so many things in life, the realities of these issues are often far less drastic or negative than people believe.

An example is found in a woman who recently sought advice about ending her marriage. As the primary breadwinner within her family and the mother of a 5-year-old little girl, she was terrified about taking steps to end her marriage. Even though she and her husband no longer functioned as a happily married couple, she expressed concern over the financial aspects of the divorce.

Fears about losing part of her pension, having to pay alimony and being forced to sell her home and divide the proceeds all added up to a situation in which she had become immobile. This is not an uncommon outcome, but it is an approach that is flawed. The fact of the matter is that a divorce will necessitate a division of assets. That process will be no easier one, five, or even 10 years down the road than it is right now.

The best way to combat fears surrounding property division, child custody and alimony is to seek the services of an experienced divorce attorney. He or she can sit down and discuss these issues in depth. Being well informed can give Florida spouses the confidence needed to take a step in the right direction. Often, having the full range of financial outcomes clearly defined is enough to make a spouse realize that there is little to fear from moving forward with divorce.

Source:, “Wife worries about impact of divorce“, July 22, 2016

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