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7 topics to discuss with your lawyer when planning for a divorce

Many couples don't want to take the bitter approach to a divorce. The marriage is over, and they just want to divide up property and work out a parenting plan to move on with their lives. If you're looking at a collaborative divorce, you should still talk to an attorney before signing any papers. A collaborative divorce is where both parties work with unbiased experts, such as mediators, who can help them through the resolution process without fighting and bitterness. According to the American Bar Association, divorce mediation is often 40 to 60 percent lower than divorce litigation. Here are seven items that should be discussed with your own attorney when you're planning a divorce to ensure your rights are protected.

Addressing alimony dishonesty with the court

Many Florida residents are required to pay spousal support to former husbands or wives. While very few people enjoy the practice of handing over a portion of their income, most accept the fact that the payments must be made. There are certain cases, however, in which the recipients of alimony have acted in dishonest manners and violated court orders pertaining to spousal support. In such cases, the spouses making the payments can reapproach the court to ask for modifications or terminations.

Wrongful conviction settlement subject to property division

During the course of a Florida divorce, a great deal of focus is placed on the process of dividing marital wealth. In many cases, spouses do not see eye to eye on certain aspects of the property division process. However, there are some instances in which a property division claim makes national headlines. An example is found in the case of a man who is struggling to protect a legal settlement obtained during the course of his marriage.

Could collaborative law result in less divorce paperwork?

Many Florida residents are unsure what to do with their divorce paperwork once the process is complete. For many, the files and folders associated with a divorce are overwhelming. It is not uncommon for couples to amass literally hundreds of pages of documents and legal correspondence. Hanging on to those documents can feel like a burden, both literally and figuratively. For those in Florida who use a collaborative law approach, the end result could be far less paperwork to handle, both during the divorce and afterward.

Avoid expenditures during a high asset divorce

Transitioning from married to single is a complex process, one that involves a significant investment of time, effort and money. That said, it is important for Florida spouses to avoid excessive spending in the months leading up to a high asset divorce. It is not uncommon for one spouse to claim that the other has acted to intentionally deplete marital assets, which is an issue that the courts take very seriously.

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