On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
The state of Florida is no stranger to divorce. Florida is not the highest-ranking for divorce, but our rank isn’t stellar either. Out of the 50 states, we rank somewhere in the middle. Even though only about 11% of our married population ends in divorce, the whole concept of divorce isn’t very inviting. Once the topic is brought up in parties or gatherings, many start dishing their horror stories from either personal experience or hearsay. Some of them are truths while others are myths.
Truth: Divorce takes time, patience, and communication. Depending on your situation, a divorce typically takes at least 6 months to a year to complete. Obviously, the longer you have been married the more complex your story because you may have children, pets, and/or multiple properties and assets.
Truth: Divorce is easier when you and your partner have already discussed what you want to do with property, finances, and kids. In our legal profession, we call this an uncontested divorce. These kinds of divorces are where the couple has already expressed their desire and needs, and have agreed to them. Even if there are some new decisions to make, the couple is amicable and willing to communicate their needs to come to a rational decision in a timely fashion.
Truth: Hiring an attorney can help the expedition of your divorce 100%. Many think that filing for divorce can be done on their own. Even though this is possible, the number of documents needed, applications filled out, and timelines followed, hiring an attorney ensures that your paperwork is ready to file and that you are represented and protected. As much as you think you know your partner, divorce tends to dredge up some ugly truths. Having an attorney by your side ensures that your rights are protected and your needs are being met.
The main myth that is still really pervasive throughout the divorce realm is that women are more favored than men. This just isn’t true anymore. What once was decided that women are less capable because marriages were typically compromised by a man being the breadwinner, we know that today that is just not the case. Alimony, or spousal support, does not guarantee that a woman will be one taking part in your paycheck. Depending on the marital situation, men are increasingly getting alimony as they take on more traditional roles of caretakers and supporting their women while they finish their schooling for a career. This gender myth also applies to child support and custody.
The ultimate truth still remains, hiring a divorce attorney at The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale is your best option for success. Our divorce attorney is ready to work for you and ensure that your needs and desires are protected while going through this potentially contentious time. Call 954-533-2756 or click here to start your divorce journey with someone who will fiercely advocate for you.