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Why do some people drag out divorce?

Divorce is not one-size-fits-all. For some people in Florida, the divorce process may be quick and relatively painless. For others, especially those with young children and a lot of assets, it may be a much longer process.

While the length of a divorce will depend on a lot of factors that are unique to the couple, it is important to keep a timeline in mind. The quicker two soon-to-be-ex-spouses can agree on divorce terms, the cheaper the divorce process will be overall. In an ideal situation, spouses will work together to the best of their ability in order to come to an agreement on asset division, alimony, child support and child custody issues. Unfortunately, most readers understand that many divorces do not fall into the “ideal divorce” category.

Sometimes an ex-spouse may drag out the divorce proceedings as a way to financially hurt their ex.  These are the types of situations where individuals may stray from concentrating on the practical applications of divorce and fall victim to making decisions fueled by their emotions.

While this may seem like a good idea in the heat of the moment, doing so will not only hurt a person’s ex, but it may hurt their own finances. Not only that, but if children are involved, it will make the process longer and possibly more painful for them.

Emotions and money don’t mix very well. In these cases, it’s important to concentrate on the end goal and work with your attorney to make sure the divorce proceedings stay on track toward that goal. 

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Why Speed Is Crucial in a Divorce,” Charles Rotblut, April 15, 2014

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