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How to handle your home when you and your spouse divorce

The most valuable asset that most couples own is their house. This is why your home tends to be one of very few factors that hold up a divorce. You don't have to lose it when you and your spouse split up though. You can buy your spouse out or put the home up for sale and split the proceeds. Each of these options carries with them their own set of pros and cons.

You may consider buying your spouse's share of the home if you anticipate the home increasing in value in the future. You may end up making larger profits off of a sale down the road compared to what you'd make if you tried to sell it now if you simply hold on to it.

Divorce can impact your toddler's behavior and development

It can be very difficult to tell any child that you and their other parent aren't going to be living together anymore as a family. While many parents assume that the younger a child is, the less of a lasting impression their divorce will have on their lives, this isn't the case. A split can have a significant psychological impact on children as young as toddlers.

All children's behaviors are shaped at least in part by environmental factors such as their living environment. Their parents' emotions are included in this. If a child constantly sees their parents fighting in their home, then they may start crying more, showing signs of abandonment or acting out. Their development may regress. They may start having difficulty sleeping, wetting their pants or sucking their thumb.

What are the first matters divorcing couples need to discuss?

Most couples don't decide to divorce on the spur of the moment. There's usually a build-up to it instead. Most couples file for divorce once they've grown tired of fighting to make things work. There's generally no chance of reconciliation for them. Spouses that are committed to walking away from their marriage should start discussing certain matters right away.

Your kids should take priority. You should sit down with your ex and discuss how you plan to shuttle your children back and forth and cover their expenses.

Be careful not to give away your inheritance to your ex

It doesn't matter whether you live in an equitable distribution state like Florida or in the small handful of states that follow the community property approach in a divorce. Inheritance is almost always considered property that solely belongs to just one spouse. However, there are some missteps you can make that may cause your inheritance to be considered joint property with your spouse.

Here's what you need to know:

Alimony will be hotly debated in Florida in 2020

Alimony is shaping up to be a hot button topic once Florida lawmakers go back into session for the 2020 legislative session.

The newly-formed Florida Family Fairness group, a group made up of former Florida Family Law Reform Political Action Committee (PAC) members, plan to make a strong debut by stepping up their fight for alimony reform. The group's attorney leader notes that the group has rebranded itself in hopes of striking a newfound interest in their cause among legislators.

What you need to know about settling your divorce out of court

Have you and your spouse decided to move forward with divorce? If this is a decision that you arrived at together, it may be possible for both of you to work through the terms of your final divorce order together. While this is not an easy process to walk through, it is not always necessary to go to court.

Many Florida couples are able to settle their divorces together, eliminating the need to ever step inside the courtroom. If this is a possibility for your situation, you may find it beneficial to learn about how this works and what you will need to negotiate your settlement. Through this approach to your divorce, you will be able to intentionally pursue terms that will allow you to have a strong and stable future.

Steps that you can take to minimize the emotional toll of divorce

When someone's preparing to get divorced, they often talk about the devastating financial impact that it has on their life. Few people delve into how emotionally taxing that it can be. Fortunately, there are some strategies that you can employ to minimize the impact your divorce has on your emotional wellbeing and thus your overall life.

One thing that you can do when you're going through a divorce is to allow yourself some flack. You shouldn't hold yourself to the same perfectionist standards that you historically have. This will result in you putting unnecessary, added stress on your shoulders.

Does having separate bank accounts help if I get divorced?

A recent survey conducted by Bank of America shows that 28% of married Millennials avoid setting up joint bank accounts with their new spouses. They're instead keeping their finances separate. Some financial analysts think that they're doing that to protect their money in case they end up getting divorced. What many of them don't realize is that doing so doesn't keep their spouse from laying claim to their money, though.

The number of baby boomers and GenX couples that once kept their money separate from their new spouses was double that of Millennials that do it nowadays.

What are some of the wildest reasons couples have divorced?

Data published by the American Psychological Association shows that the United States' divorce rate currently hovers around 50%. Many spouses lose interest in being married soon after they realize that their relationship isn't one of the fairytales shown on television. This leads some spouses to cheat. Others grow tired constantly bickering over money. A recent thread posted to the social media site Reddit captures more startling reasons American couples have divorced.

Divorce attorneys and law firm staff members who commented on the thread pointed out that some clients of theirs didn't even make it to the second day of their marriage.

There are steps to take after your Florida divorce is finalized

Anyone who hasn't ever gotten divorced before would assume that a divorce is over and done with once a judge signs off on their final order. While that helps you get closer to reclaiming your life, there are a few things that you still need to do after a Florida judge signs off on your divorce decree.

First, you should contact the clerk of court to obtain a certified copy of your divorce decree. You should then take it to the Social Security Administration (SSA), your employer and your insurance company to update your name. You should also visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and your county's titling authority to do the same. You should update your mailing address with all of them as well.

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