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4 Myths Related to Divorce in Florida

Have you decided to file for divorce in Florida? There are a number of myths attached to divorce. Some of these include:

Myth 1: A spouse can refuse the other spouse a divorce.

Before no-fault divorce was accepted in Florida, one partner could make it very difficult for the other partner to end the marriage. Today, if one partner wants to end the relationship, the other partner cannot stop him or her and need not prove any fault in the marriage other than stating that the marriage is irretrievably broken.

Myth 2: A mother automatically gets custody of the kids.

A mother does not automatically get the custody of kids. In Florida, the norm has become shared parental responsibility with both parties getting substantial if not equal timesharing with the children.

Myth 3: If division of property gives both parties a lot of assets, there won’t be any child support or alimony.

Marital assets and liabilities are divided equally. That division has nothing to do with child support and little, if anything, to do with alimony. Child support and alimony are based upon incomes of the parties, not the value of assets, except to the extent the assets generate or should generate income.

Myth 4: You must have an attorney to get a divorce.

It is not necessary to have an attorney to get a divorce. In Florida, everyone has a constitutional right to represent him or herself. That said, a divorce can be very stressful and cumbersome even when uncontested. If the divorce is not done correctly, you may lose important rights relating to your children, assets, liabilities, etc. For these reasons, it is advisable to hire an experienced divorce attorney Boca Raton to represent you in your divorce case. The more wealth you have, the more income you receive, the more children you have, the more complicated your financial investments are, the more you need an experienced Boca Raton divorce attorney.