Valentine’s Day is passed and cupid has put his arrows back in his quiver. In fact, the New Year, and spring in particular, is a common time for couples to divorce for a variety of reasons.
While man think of infidelity when they think of divorce, the truth of the matter is cheaters are just one reason couples may choose to separate. Money issues, incompatibility, estrangement, issues involving child rearing, and empty nesting are just several others.
Florida State University is studying the issue of infidelity among newlyweds and has found a correlation between a spouse’s ability disengage (look away from a potential mate) and devalue (downplay another’s attractiveness) as predicators of one’s ability to remain faithful. The hope is to give marital counselors and other mental health professionals practical tools for dealing with the issue of infidelity. One other point of interest: The study found attractiveness was negatively associated with infidelity among women, but not men.
Grounds for Divorce in Florida
Florida is a “No Fault” state when it comes to grounds for divorce. Couples divorce on one of two grounds: Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, or mental incapacity of one of the parties for at least three years. F.S. Title VI 61.021 also requires at least one off the parties to the marriage must have been a resident of the state for at least six months before filing. Florida law also has a 20-day waiting period after a divorce is filed.
No-Fault divorce does not mean a spouse’s infidelity will not be a factor. But it does mean choosing an experienced divorce attorney in Orlando is an important decision that will likely have a great impact on the final outcome of your disunion. There are many complex factors in even a relatively simple mediated divorce where both parties agree on the issues. Your chosen legal representation should have significant focus dedicated to all areas of family law.
The FAB Law Firm focuses on representing clients in all types of family law matters throughout Central Florida, include Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. Whether contested divorce or divorce mediation, we have the experience to handle a wide variety of complex matters that often present when a union disolves, including alimony, child custody and child support matters and divorce involving prenuptial or postnuptial agreements.
Considerations when filing divorce in Florida
Child support and child custody is often the number one issue when it comes to reaching agreement between divorcing spouses. Alimony is another. And there are important tax considerations when it comes to the differences between them. Money issues are another big consideration. Selling or keeping the marital home and your rights to a spouse’s retirement account or pension fund are other important issues you should discuss with your attorney. Property distribution under Florida law is to be fair and equitable. That does not mean even. Your chosen attorney should understand everything involved in building the best possible outcome for your future.
The FAB Law Firm offers a free consultation, with offices in Orlando, Lakeland and Lake Mary. Call 407-495-1818.