Eight Points to Prevent the Delay of Your Divorce
Florida law contemplates two types of divorce. An uncontested divorce occurs when both parties agree that the dissolution of the marriage is the best choice for them. Ideally, the parties also agree on all other matters ancillary to the dissolution of the marriage. These include division of property, spousal support (alimony), child custody and child support.
On the other side, a contested divorce is one in which the spouses do not agree either on the dissolution of the marriage or on how to address support and custody. It entails a traditional judicial process with different phases such as discovery, depositions, hearings etc.
In an ideal world, all couples going through a divorce would agree on all matters and get through the process quickly. However, this is far from reality. Here are a few points that should help in finalizing the process in an efficient manner.
- Determine your priorities early in the process and stay focused on those.
Staying focused on your priorities will allow for more fluid discussions and some flexibility on other issues that may not be as important to you. For example, having custody of your children as your main priority would allow you to have spousal support as a point on which you can ‘give in’ during negotiations.
- Keep your records straight.
Maintain clear and accurate records of your financial information or any expenses related to child care or education. As part of the proceeding you will have to disclose your financial information. This will also avoid any delays in collecting and organizing information and documentation and show your commitment to resolve any open issues efficiently.
- Maintain a cordial relationship with the other party.
This will permit to move the process along without delaying it due to discussions on matters that may not be as important. By showing respect, you are also making sure you get the same in return.
- Keep it off social media.
No matter how tempted you may be to share on social media either your new life or your dislike of the other party. Refrain from it. Remember that a contested divorce entails a discovery process and inappropriate posts may work against you when trying to defend your interests in court.
- Speak the truth.
Refrain also from making false accusations against your former spouse. Remember that any testimony or deposition will be given under oath and speaking anything but the truth means perjury, which is a crime. Even outside the courtroom, making false accusations does more harm than good to your case.
- Beware of delaying tactics.
Stay on top of your game and keep track of the process, where it is and where it should go next. Communicate with the opposing party, through your attorneys, on a regular basis and if necessary bring up to the judge any issues if you notice that the other party may be trying to unnecessarily delay the process.
- Do not miss your deadlines
By doing this you help move the process along. This shows not only respect for the other party and the court, but also demonstrates your intentions of finalizing the dissolution of the marriage as soon as possible.
- Find yourself a lawyer
A divorce of any kind can be a cumbersome process, much more if it entails litigation. A family lawyer with experience in contested divorce can assist in guiding you through the process as well as the requirements of each phase of the proceeding. If you have any questions or require assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Fort Lauderdale divorce attorneys at the office of Joyce A. Julian, P.A. today.