Step one? Get a Bradenton divorce lawyer that has your best interest at heart. Whether your case is long overdue or you still can’t believe it’s actually happening, Denmon Pearlman has your back..
What do you need to know before you file for a dissolution of marriage? First ask yourself this question.
Have you or your spouse lived in the state of Florida for at least six months before filing? This is a requirement. If you or your spouse live in Manatee county, you can file in Bradenton. However, you must meet one of two requirements to proceed:
1) The marriage is irretrievably broken.
2) Either you or your spouse has been adjudged incapacitated according to the provisions of S. 744.331 for a preceding period of at least three years.
In Bradenton, the court where you file will assign you a case number. They will then have the jurisdiction to grant property and debt division, support, custody, and visitation rights if applicable.
We know it’s difficult. Divorce is never an enjoyable process. However, many people make mistakes during the divorce proceedings that usually don’t work out in their favor. To avoid these pitfalls, we recommend the following:
» Avoid the heartache. Personal property is not worth fighting over unless it’s an irreplaceable memento.
» Don’t use the children as leverage. It’s not a good look and feelings will get hurt in the process.
» Decide on what you want from the beginning, and don’t change your mind.
Hold off on purchasing additional assets during the divorce litigation. You could end up losing more than originally planned.
» In the same regard, don’t try to hide any of your assets. It’s best to be honest, open, and transparent so that the settlement runs smoothly.
» If your spouse is on your insurance plan, don’t remove them just yet. It’s like the saying, “Don’t poke the sleeping bear.” While you may not care whether or not your ex spouse will be angry, Florida law rules that neither party can terminate policies such as health, life, and car insurance. The litigation that you could suffer from trying to get away with it is far worse than the few bucks you would save by removing your ex from your policy.