Going through the divorce process is scary no matter who you are. If you are nervous about divorcing your spouse, then it helps to learn about what the process is like in Florida so that nothing takes you by surprise.
Many men worry about divorce because they believe they will lose everything, especially if they are the primary breadwinner. Many myths have popped up about how courts treat men in divorce. The truth of the matter, particularly these days, is that both spouses receive the same treatment.
Myth #1: If you commit adultery, you will lose it all
The role adultery plays in many divorces has diminished in recent years. Some states consider infidelity, but Florida is not one of them. Florida is a no-fault state, which means a couple needs no reason to divorce. The only way cheating would impact the divorce proceedings would be if the unfaithful party spent marital funds on the affair. At that point, the judge would seek the compensate the other spouse.
Myth #2: The mother always gets full custody
Courts aim to do whatever is in the best interest of the child. Most of the time, that involves the child being able to see both parents an equal amount of the time. As long as both parents live in the same area, a judge will likely award 50/50 custody as long as there are no extenuating circumstances as to why one parent should not see the child.
Myth #3: The mother can block visitation if you fall behind on child support payments
The mother cannot automatically block you from seeing your child if you fall behind on one payment. To revise the visitation schedule, the mother would need to go back to court for a judge’s approval. This is also an opportunity for the man to present his case as to why he failed to pay.