In Florida, as in most states, if you are considering a divorce, there are a number of matters that you need to think about and steps that you should take. First and foremost, you should think about your safety and well-being as well as that of any minor children. If there is a history or threat of domestic violence or spousal abuse, you need to take steps to protect yourself and your children before any harm occurs. If necessary, you may seek a domestic violence injunction from a court. This injunction is a court order directing your spouse to stay away from you and it gives law enforcement the right to take action if the injunction is violated.
Next, you should focus on being prepared before initiating divorce proceedings. This includes gathering relevant documents and information to support your claim and familiarizing yourself with all marital assets and liabilities. Often spouses do not gather this information until their circumstance becomes desperate and by that time the important documents and information may be difficult to access or may even “disappear.”
Preparation also involves having a support network of family and friends in place to help you during the divorce proceeding. going through a divorce is very stressful and having people to whom you can look for understanding and support is crucial.
Finally, preparation also involves having available the funds necessary to pay a divorce attorney’s retainer. You will also need funds to live on during the divorce. If you do not have the funds, see if you can borrow them so that you can be adequately represented in the divorce process.
Finally, before taking steps toward a divorce, get legal advice from an experienced Florida family law or divorce attorney.