On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
The end of a marriage can be hard to process, and it is not uncommon for Florida residents to have difficulty accepting the multitude of changes that take place during this tumultuous time. An example lies in acknowledging that the person who a spouse is divorcing is not the same person that he or she was married to. It is unreasonable to expect that one’s soon-to-be-ex is going to act in a manner similar to how things were prior to the onset of a divorce.
This is sometimes a shock, especially to spouses who have set aside their own career goals to care for the home and raise a family. That decision may have been made early on in the marriage, and both spouses might have embraced and enjoyed their respective roles in the family. However, when divorce is on the table, the stay-at-home spouse is sometimes surprised that he or she is asked to justify the contribution that was made to the household in order to receive spousal support.
In most cases, spouses support one another throughout the course of a marriage. They may argue or disagree on certain matters, but they will usually have each other’s best interests at heart. When a divorce is at play, however, one or both spouses may feel that they have been wronged in one or multiple ways. That can make them reluctant to be considerate of each other’s interests, and the divorce can quickly devolve into an every-man-for-himself affair.
Because it is impossible to predict how a divorce will play out, Florida spouses would be wise to prepare for any outcome. That means securing legal counsel to advise a spouse on his or her rights, and to keep an eye on the balance during negotiations. Hopefully, each side will be respectful and fair, and the divorce will move forward with little trouble. If things do deteriorate, however, spouses who have acted to protect themselves will be glad that they did.
Forbes, “How To Survive Divorce After 50“, Tania Brown, Sept. 29, 2016