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Separating your finances during a divorce

If divorce is inevitable in your future, you are likely filled with many uncertainties. However, if you will not be dealing with child custody issues, your overwhelming concern may be money. This is understandable since the decisions made during your settlement will affect your life for many years. Spousal support, alimony and property division will determine how securely you enter your new, post-divorce world.

You may find the division of your assets to be the most challenging, especially if you have been married a significant length of time or if your spouse was the primary manager of your household finances. Taking a systematic approach to untangling your finances may put you in a better place as you walk away from your marriage.

Is it wise to stay married for the sake of the children?

If the topic of divorce has come up between you and your spouse, you may be at a turning point in your marriage. Whether one of you started the conversation in a calm and rational moment or hurled it as a threat during a heated argument, once you speak the word, it is often hard to pull it back. Still, if you have children, breaking up the marriage is a decidedly difficult choice.

You may think that staying together for the children is the best idea, and you may be right. In fact, many couples wait until their children are in high school or go off to college before they take serious steps to end their marriages. Whether this is right for you and your family may depend on a number of factors.

How to get 'unstuck' when negotiating a parenting plan

These days, family courts are encouraging parents to negotiate their own parenting plans. Even Florida's legislature is getting behind cooperation and compromise when it comes to parenting by changing the words "child custody" to "time sharing" in the statutes. As more research is done regarding child rearing, the courts' perspective of what is in the best interests of the child now often emphasizes that both parents should continue being part of their children's lives.

If you and the other parent are attempting to meet these new demands, but have reached an impasse, you may be able to get the negotiations moving again. The tips below may help you end up with a parenting plan that you both can agree on and that best meets the needs of your children.

Mediation: An alternative way to resolve your Florida divorce

We've all seen courtroom dramas where divorcing couples appear in front of a judge, each with their own attorney by their side, grappling about disagreements relating to child support, property division, and other issues involved in the divorce.

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