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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Complex Divorce Blog

Plan for your divorce mediation proceedings

We recently discussed the differences between litigation and mediation. If you recall, mediation is a process that is often faster and less costly. The sacrifice that you have to make when you do this is that you will have to work with your ex to come up with the terms of the divorce.

One of the most important things that you have to think about when you are working through these matters is that you have to remain calm. There are some cases in which an ex will try to get on your nerves. You can't let this happen because it can take your focus off of your best interests.

Differences between meditation and litigation in divorce

Couples headed for divorce in Fort Lauderdale should know the options they have for coming to an agreement on their terms. There are two main routes a couple can take when it comes to getting divorced; litigation and mediation. Both processes should involve the assistance of an experienced divorce attorney in order to ensure fairness for both parties.

The biggest benefit of mediation during a divorce is the fact that it occurs outside of the courtroom. You won't have to face a judge. You won't have to testify. You won't have to deal with facing a line of questioning. Mediation will be handled in a neutral room with you, your spouse and lawyers for both parties. A mediator will preside over the meetings under an agreement is reached.

How do I protect my money in a divorce?

Getting divorced in Florida is not as taboo as it once was. With millions of people divorcing each year, it has become a common topic across the country. Many people worry about how much money they will lose in their divorce to their former spouse, which is why we are taking a look at how to protect that money in today's post.

One of the most important things you can do is sort out your mortgage and rent payments. If you are making either one of these payments, you will need to continue to do so even during a divorce. These payments do not stop when you are divorcing. Mortgage companies and landlords expect to receive their payments no matter the circumstances.

3 types of nonmarital property

Property division is often a contentious part of divorce, and it can be complex if you and your ex have high assets. A pre- or postnuptial agreement may help clarify how to divide property, but if no such agreement exists, you and your ex will likely have to negotiate separation of your assets and property. It is worth noting that this is applicable only to that which constitutes marital property, though.

Not everything that a couple owns qualifies as marital property. Generally, anything that either spouse acquired over the course of a marriage is considered such, but there are three exceptions you should know about.

Items to include in a prenuptial agreement

As you prepare to get married in Florida you will want to take your time and smell the roses. Don't rush through the planning because you might miss something important, especially the creation of a prenuptial agreement. This is a document that can protect you and your soon-to-be spouse from plenty of anguish if the marriage were to end in divorce.

The first thing you should have the prenuptial agreement include is any property brought into the marriage is brought in as separate property and shall remain as such should you divorce. This helps to protect your sports memorabilia, collections, car, jewelery and other items that your spouse might want to go after in a divorce.

New Florida collaborative divorce law goes into effect July 1

A brand new, groundbreaking, collaborative divorce law in the state of Florida goes into effect beginning July 1. The new law, called the Collaborative Law Process Act. It creates an alternative to litigation for the divorce process in the state of Florida, known as collaborative law or the collaborative process.

The Supreme Court in the state of Florida recently adopted the Florida Bar Rules and Professional Responsibilities on the Collaborative Process.

Divorce mediation can help divide a couple's debt

Divorce can be one of the most emotional events in a person's life, even if he or she realized the marriage was over years ago. For some, divorce is inevitable. For others, it can be a difficult decision to come to, but necessary. When divorce happens, a couple will need to figure out how to divide their debt. Here's how divorce mediation can help.

Dividing debt for a couple involved in divorce proceedings can be disastrous. This is a very pretentious part of the negotiations and can even lead to massive arguments. Getting your lawyer involved is a great idea and should be done from the start, especially if the lawyer has experience with mediation. You don't want to get saddled with all the debt you accrued during your marriage as a couple.

Protect your finances during a high asset divorce

Divorce is not easy for anyone, even if you acknowledge that the marriage has not been solid for quite some time. Whether you have prepared for the divorce for years or came to the realization recently, you will want to protect your finances as much as possible. Divorce is a nasty process, even if both of you agree it is time to end the marriage. Here's how you can protect your finances during a high asset divorce.

If you are over the age of 50 and headed for divorce, it's a good idea to sell the family home. If you are of this age, you likely already considered downsizing anyway since the kids are grown and living elsewhere. Why not continue that route and add some more income to your retirement by selling the home? Selling the home and living somewhere more affordable can help you save at least $500 per month on housing.

Worried your husband is hiding the boat? Here is what to do

When getting divorced in Florida, you and your spouse will divide your assets through equitable distribution. You both must identify all property, debts and income and determine what is separate or marital property. Marital property is then divided either by the court or by a mutual agreement between the two of you.

You might worry about losing some of your prized possessions in this process. What about the boat that you purchased during the marriage? Concerns like this become even more worrisome if your husband tries to hide the boat or other assets. Read below for signs your spouse is hiding assets and what to do about it.

Important tips for property division during divorce

If you are headed for a divorce you will want to know as much as possible about the process. One important part of the process is the division of property. You likely already have ideas as to which assets and properties you'd like to keep. So here are some tips for property division in the state of Florida.

For the most part, property settlements in a divorce are usually final. This means that you won't be able to alter them easily, if at all. Be sure you are 100 percent confident in what you are agreeing to before signing any paperwork. Do not just give your spouse everything in order to get the divorce over with quicker. You will regret this in the long run.

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