Preparing for Divorce
This guide will help you protect yourself when considering divorce.
Have access to funds.Your spouse may withdraw money from joint accounts, change where his or her paychecks are deposited, max out or cancel joint credit cards, or otherwise inhibit your ability to access funds. This may cause you to become delinquent in paying your bills, or restrict your ability to hire an attorney. It is important to have access to funds, whether by having bank accounts or credit cards in your individual name, or having a friend or family member prepared to loan you money, if necessary.
Watch what you write.Text and email messages, social media posts, and written documents are admissible in court and could cause irreparable harm to your case. Never put anything in writing you wouldn’t want a judge to see.
Love your children more than you hate your spouse.Remember that your children love both of you and it is important that they maintain relationship with both of you. Do not speak negatively about your spouse to, or in the presence of, your children. A list of the statutory factors the Court must consider in determining the “Best Interest of the Children” in cases involving parental responsibility and timesharing can be found in Florida Statute 61.13.
Hire an experienced attorney.When hiring an attorney, it is important to retain someone who handles primarily family law cases (75% or more). It is also important that you not make your decision based on the amount of the initial retainer. The initial retainer is not an estimate of the total cost, it is simply a starting point. As with many things in life, you usually get what you pay for. Be wary of an attorney who charges significantly less than the other attorneys in the area.