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The decision just to get to divorce can be gut wrenching. And the pain is even worse when its not your choice.
Now, your financial present and future is thrown into disarray. In the present, day to day living is about to get much more expensive as you contemplate separating. That means two roofs, two electrical bills, and more.
In the future, you are looking at dividing assets, and researching how alimony works in Florida. And if you have children, you have to position yourself to protect your rights with your children while trying to keep things as seamless as possible for your little ones.
As tough as it looks, there is a way to minimize the damage of divorce. And if you do it right, you can come out of this in a better place than you were when this started. And in a better position financially than you think.
We know this because we see it every day.
And while no one wants to go through divorce, there is a reason you are reading this page. It’s not working. And if it is not working, and you are heading into divorce, why not do it right?
To get the best resolution possible in your divorce case, you need to develop a game plan early on, and keep your eye on the prize.
You want to know where you are going. And you want to always be taking steps that get you closer to that destination.
When you file for divorce, you are filing a lawsuit. Unfortunately, if your not careful, your lawsuit can spiral out of control, taking you away from your destination, not towards it. We know because while our divorce team focuses on nothing but Tampa Bay area divorce cases, our firm is a Trial Law firm. That means all of the lawyers in our firm are in Court on a regular basis.
And the lawsuits that go sideways are the ones that end up taking years to resolve, wracking up embarrassingly high legal fees, and ending in resolutions that are often lose-lose. Worse, these cases can lead to emotional scorched earth on the parties involved.
The solution is the game plan. In our firm, we are planning your case as if it is going to trial from the moment you walk in the door. That means we are setting a goal each phase of your case , including the “final” phase, the trial.
But lets be clear: The vast majority of our cases don’t go to trial. Ironically, by keeping your eye on the prize and always moving towards an end goal of trial, you increase your chances of resolving your case for an excellent resolution.
Absurd but true: By game planning your case from start to finish, your case will finish in less time, cost less, and result in a better resolution.
Quicker Turn around Time: All things being equal, you would likely prefer that the case take months, not years. In our divorce firm, we have found that by working on increasing the time it takes to get our clients through different phases of a divorce, we can actually increase our customers overall happiness in the final result. We now set benchmarks for how quickly our team gets you to each stage in a case, as well as how quickly our team performs certain functions, like setting hearings or communicating with the other attorneys.
Cost Less: Time and time again, we have seen parties who try to slow thing things down in the divorce process to try to save money. Yet the numbers are clear: Doing it right the first time from the very beginning is actually more cost effective for our clients in the long run.
Better Resolutions: Divorce is “all about the facts”. These facts include issues like income of the parties, ability of an underemployed spouse to work, duties during the marriage, back records, small business income, parenting responsibility, and more. Time and again, we see other divorce lawyers fail to adequate prepare the case at the beginning, ultimately hurting their clients in mediation and settlement negotiations. Preparing the case from the beginning like it is going to trial will give you and your divorce attorney a tactical advantage in settlement negotiations and pretrial hearings.