Clearwater Divorce Lawyer
There is nothing rare or unusual about divorce. Between 40 and 50 percent of married couples end up getting divorced, with subsequent marriages having even higher divorce rates, according to the American Psychological Association. While divorce is quite common, that does not mean that it is ever easy. Going through divorce is an emotionally trying time, and these strong emotions can sometimes get in the way of an amicable, mutually beneficial separation. An experienced Clearwater divorce lawyer can help mitigate disputes, control tempers, and take the general stress out of the divorce proceedings in a variety of ways. Our attorneys have experience in all aspects of family law, and we give each and every one of our clients our full attention to maximize the results that we are able to deliver. Whether you and your spouse are still able to communicate effectively and are looking for an amicable separation, or the relationship has deteriorated completely and it seems like nothing will ever be agreed upon, you can fully depend on our Clearwater divorce lawyers for legal counsel.
Aspects of a Divorce
- Property Division: Dividing marital property is one of the most likely aspects of a divorce to bring on a dispute, for obvious reasons. Florida is an equitable distribution state, meaning that marital property will be divided fairly, though not necessarily equally. Marital property includes all assets earned and collected (and debts) during the marriage, including bank accounts, real property, cars, 401(k) accounts, stocks, etc. Non marital property is not divided during divorce, and includes all assets and debts that each party had prior to the marriage, as well as settlements from personal injury, inheritance, and certain gifts.
- Child Custody: Child custody is often split equally when both parents are in agreement, and is determined by the court when there is a dispute. Florida family courts will always put the child’s best interests first, not either of the parent’s best interests or desires.
- Child Support and Alimony: The higher earning spouse may end up paying child support if the other spouse has full custody or physical custody of the children. The amount of child support that the higher earning spouse owes is based on many variables, including the child’s medical needs, the earnings of both parents, educational costs, and more. Alimony is determined on a similar basis of need of the receiving party, and ability to pay of the other, as well as other factors.
The Various Types of Divorces You Can Choose From
Within the Huffington Post’s 10 most common reasons that couples get divorced is having an inability to solve conflict. For this reason, litigation (traditional divorce) is still commonly used to resolve disputes during divorce that cannot be solved through other types of divorce, such as collaborative, mediation, and do it yourself divorce.
A Clearwater Divorce Lawyer Will Ensure Your Best Interests are Met
While it may seem unnecessary to hire an attorney to settle your divorce, we advise you to take precautions and at the very least talk to an attorney before you sign anything. Divorce complications that you need to think about include potential hidden assets of the other party, fair custody and support agreements, alimony, and fair asset division. Much is at stake, which is why the Clearwater divorce attorneys of Cairns Law are here for you today at 727-683-1472.