Once the decision to file for a divorce has been made, there are many issues that need to be addressed. Two of the most difficult matters to be resolved are child custody and alimony payments. While most states have guidelines for determining child support payments, the issue of spousal support may have many factors that can be taken into consideration. Florida residents who are informed and have a plan may be better prepared for the negotiation process.
In 2002, a movie highlighted the difficulties of a marriage between two different cultures. The main character of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" recently announced that she and her husband of 25 years -- and on whose marriage the movie was based -- are seeking a type of collaborative law divorce. This alternative dispute resolution option is gaining in popularity in Florida and across the country.
No one, regardless of profession, is immune from the potential of divorce. Take the recent case of Jane Castor, a current Tampa mayoral candidate, whose former spouse recently filed for divorce.
The demise of a marriage is accompanied with a myriad of emotions, most of which could create more conflict. When it comes time to determine the settlement agreement, the property division aspect is best approached with as little emotion as possible. Florida residents who are beginning the process may benefit from focusing on the financial aspect of the dissolution.
Over the past several years, there has been a change in the way that some couples are seeking to end their marriages. In those situations where the two parties are in agreement that they wish to avoid a prolonged court battle, a collaborative law solution might meet their needs better than a traditional divorce proceeding. Several states have enacted laws that guide the practice, including Florida.