Couples Can Work Together Instead Of Taking An Adversarial Stance
At Sheldon E. Finman, P.A., we offer couples a cooperative way of ending their marriage. We use different forms of alternative dispute resolution like collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce and divorce mediation to work with you, your spouse and your spouse’s lawyer.
Our attorneys help you take the high road and by using problem-solving methods. Then, you can make your own decisions according to what makes sense for the two of you. We work to come up with a division of your property that will suit both of you, maximize what each of you receives and helps you leave the relationship feeling more at peace with your decisions.
How Do Florida Courts Distribute Property?
A marriage is a legal contract between two people. When that contract is broken, the assets of the marriage, including real property, possessions, and financial assets and debts, all need to be divided. In Florida, the presumption is for an equitable distribution of the marital assets and liabilities of approximately 50% to each person. The court system will make this division without regard to your personal wishes, simply splitting your lives in half.
There are alternatives to a trial in which a judge hands down a decision. If you choose to mediate your divorce or collaborate with your spouse, you can have more control over the outcome. This reduces the amount of stress on you and your family, ultimately letting all of you go forward, with less damage to the familial bonds that are so important.
We Can Connect You To Money Management Resources
In dividing up your marital property, you need to consider your future needs. When needed, we will recommend bringing a neutral financial professional into the divorce discussions to present the larger picture as you create your own plans for your future. If you are in a situation where one of you has been financially dependent on the other, we may suggest that person meet with a financial planner, wealth adviser or certified public accountant.