Divorce can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be. The cheapest way to divorce is to find the quickest route to a divorce agreement. If you have no children, no shared assets and can agree on division of home furnishings, then you can file for a simple dissolution of marriage with the Florida court system. Most couples, however, are not able to do so, and must seek outside intervention to reach an agreement.
A divorce agreement must address these areas:
- Division of marital assets — If you have a premarital agreement that excludes certain assets or debts from division, have an attorney review it
- Child support — Florida publishes guidelines for determining child support
- Time-sharing and parenting plan — Work out a plan for sharing parenting responsibilities to both parents stay involved
The best way to save money is to work out as much of your divorce agreement as possible before you approach an attorney. You do not need to reach a final agreement, but the more time you put into considering these issues, the less you will pay someone else to do it. Additionally, having a detailed account of your household expenses on hand when you meet with your attorney is very helpful.
Options for dissolution of marriage in Florida include:
- Mediation — A mediator can assist both parents in reaching an agreement
- Collaborative divorce — Each party has representation, and the four of you work together to reach an agreement
- Litigation — When all else fails, the attorneys take your divorce case before a judge who then makes these decisions for you
Even if you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on your own, it is a good idea to nevertheless have a divorce attorney read it over. An experienced and reputable divorce attorney might be the best investment you can make for your future. Call the Law Office of Kenneth C. Gallagher at 407-897-1119, or contact us online.