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5 Ways to Prepare for a Divorce in South Florida

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2022 | Family Law

The divorce process can be very complicated and stressful. It is important to remember that you are not alone and to seek out help from professionals who can guide you through the process. Remember to stay focused on your goals and to keep your emotions in check. The most important thing is to be prepared for what lies ahead. If you’re considering getting a divorce in South Florida, whether it be Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe or Palm Beach County, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself both emotionally and financially. Here are five tips to get you started:

1. Speak with an Attorney

Before you take any action, it’s important to consult with an experienced Family Law attorney who can explain to you your rights and obligations and work with you to devise a strategy which will benefit you and protect your interests both during the family law litigation and with the foresight to bring finality to your matter so that you do not end up in future litigation after the finality of your Family Law matter. An experienced family law attorney can make the difference between a stressful, expensive and volatile family law matter, and a smooth process with favorable outcomes.

2. Gather All Relevant Financial & Personal Documents

All parties involved in Family Law Litigation will most likely need to disclose assets, debts and other mandatory items as part of the Family Law proceedings. This includes everything from bank statements and investment portfolios to tax returns and mortgage information. The more organized you are, the easier the process will be. Ensure you have the following information about full legal names, birthdates, addresses, social security numbers, employer’s name and contact info, employment length/history, salary or hourly wage, and usernames and passwords to all online accounts. If you are commencing Family Law Litigation it is always wise to change all of your passwords.

3. Make a Plan for Custody and Visitation

If there are  children involved in your Family Law matter, time sharing, responsibilities, custody and visitation will need to be determined as part of the proceedings, whether it be Dissolution, Paternity and/or Modification. Florida mandates that a standard “Parenting Plan” be entered, whether by agreement or Order of the Court. It’s important to think about what arrangement(s) would be best for you, your family and what is in the best interests of the child(ren). If you’re able to come to an agreement with your spouse, the court is likely to approve it. If not, the court will make a decision based on what it believes is in the best interests of the child(ren).

4. Take Care of Yourself Emotionally

Getting divorced or being involved in any Family Law litigation can be an emotionally difficult process, even if it’s amicable. Be sure to give yourself time to process your ever changing situation(s) and don’t hesitate to seek professional help, if needed. There are also many support groups available for people going through Dissolution and Family Law Litigation e, which can be helpful in dealing with the emotions associated with these major life changes.


Family Law Litigation, especially involving children,  can be a taxing process, both emotionally and financially. By speaking with an experienced Family Law Attorney who can weigh all of your options with you and being prepared by gathering necessary financial documents, being clear with your “wants” regarding finances, child custody, and timesharing n, along with  taking care of yourself emotionally, you will be more successful in the transition into this new chapter of your life.

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