If you are considering a divorce and have not broached the subject with your spouse, it may be wise to hold off a little. This will allow you time to do some vital preparation.
Here are some things to consider:
Find out what the law says
Understanding Florida divorce laws will be crucial to give you a better idea of how things such as property division, spousal support and child custody may play out.
Sometimes finding out this information will give you the confidence to proceed straight away. Other times it might persuade you to hold off a little until the kids are a little older or certain financial changes come to pass.
Work out how much it will cost you
Divorce is not free. Aside from legal fees, there are other extra expenses you need to consider. For example, taking time off work and paying for childcare so you can attend divorce hearings or paying for somewhere else to live until the proceedings are through.
Giving yourself a few months to build up an extra cash reserve could ease your money worries during this difficult time.
You also need to work out how much post-divorce life will cost. This is crucial to help you build a convincing argument to get a certain amount of assets or claim spousal support.
Gather your human resources
Divorce is a team effort. You will need a mix of people to help you through it. Everyone from legal representatives to ensure you get a fair divorce outcome to friends and family to help you out when things get rough, or it all gets too much.