January – Most Popular Month for Divorce



January is one of the coldest months of the year and the most common month for divorce. Many couples who are having marital difficulties often want to wait until after the holidays are over to start any proceedings. Divorce is certainly difficult emotionally, so it’s no wonder that some people prefer to hold off until the new year. Of course, the New Year brings a fresh start and those who have gotten through the past several months with a difficult marriage will likely want to start moving forward with their plans to separate and divorce. Florida allows no-fault divorce so couples are able to file for a divorce without having to place blame or prove anything.

Divorce Settlement Terms

In Florida, couples own their assets together and so they are to be distributed equitably in a divorce. Only property that you owned prior to the marriage is yours alone. The most important divorce settlement terms include:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Division of assets
  • Alimony
  • Child visitation

 

While the court system will grant the official divorce terms, judges prefer couples to work out the details together. This ensures that both parties are in agreement to the many various settlement terms. Children and money issues are the two most common areas of disagreement between divorcing spouses. To expedite the divorce process you’ll need to agree on at least the most important issues. Disagreements lead to a prolonged divorce process.

Mediation

Sometimes mediation is necessary for couples to be able to come to an agreement. In fact, the courts will often order mediation in cases where couples are unable to reach agreement on settlement terms. You can shorten the length of time it takes to get a divorce by getting mediation as soon as you determine it’s needed. Your attorney will often be able to assist and will protect your current and future interests throughout the divorce process. Keep in mind that compromise is a big part of almost every divorce. Couples don’t always each get what they want but they are able to come as close as possible. When a divorce is acrimonious it can create a difficult and emotional situation for everyone, including the children. A mediator will be able to step in and learn what the major points of conflict are and quickly try to assist you in dealing with solutions that work for both of you.

Seeking a Divorce in Florida

Once you have made the decision to divorce the first step you must take is to seek assistance from an experienced attorney. Your lawyer will help you with every aspect of your divorce and will lend his experience as you navigate the path you need to take. Your attorney will be able to answer any questions you may have and file all the paperwork needed as you move forward. You’ll also be assured that your attorney will always have your best interests in mind as the divorce proceeds. A simple divorce in Florida may take several months; however, a more complex divorce can take many months to complete. If you’re ready to proceed with a divorce it’s time to move ahead and work through the process so you can start to heal.