Like marriages, no two Florida divorces are alike. Every split has its unique set of circumstances that can take it down various paths. Some divorce quickly and amicably, while others may face a drawn-out legal battle. It makes sense that the less contentious a divorce is, the less an individual will spend on the proceedings. But as we all know, keeping civil in the middle of this type of emotionally charged process isn't always easy. If a couple's divorce ends up before a divorce judge, there are several things to keep in mind.
Putting your future in the hands of a divorce judge has its pros and cons. While it may be necessary in order to reach a final agreement, keep in mind that judges hear many cases throughout the year. There is potential for them to burn out or become "immune" to the more pressing details of your situation.
Also, the court system doesn’t allow for a lot of time to hear every tiny issue that came up between you and your ex. The judge is there to hear the big pressing issues. This means, really think about what you want your lawyer to bring up in court. It is likely that a judge would much rather hear about your overall financial situation than the fact that your soon-to-be-ex-spouse spends too much on shoes or sports magazines.
Finally, with that being said, it’s important to pick an attorney that can represent you in the best possible way during court proceedings. With judges hearing many cases daily and not much time being allotted to each case, it’s important that you are represented in a way that leads to a positive outcome.
Source: The Huffington Post, “The Divorce Process: Let me Introduce You to the Judge,” Jackie Pilossoph, Jan. 8, 2014