Are You Thinking About Divorce During the Holidays?

Are you thinking about divorce during the holidays?

The holiday season can be an extremely stressful time for a family. You may have been thinking about a divorce before the holiday, and decided to put everything on hold and just make it past New Year’s.

That can be easier said than done. When you are questioning your marriage, you tend to look at everything your spouse does as being wrong. Every day, you can list a number of things that he or she does that is selfish, inconsiderate, and the reason why you can no longer stay married.

Rather than get caught up in that emotional rollercoaster, maybe you should focus on more constructive thoughts. First, you should consider whether you have done everything to save your marriage. Are your lines of communication open? Would counseling help?

If your marriage is really over, and you believe divorce is your only option, think about how you would want the divorce to proceed. You do have options, and you don’t have to fight about every little detail. Consider these questions:

  • What is the history leading to the possible separation?
  • What are your children’s immediate and long-term needs?
  • What is your family’s history of resolving disputes?
  • What do you assume are your spouse’s immediate needs?
  • How much money are you willing to spend on the legal proceedings?

Changes In Florida's Child Support Benefit You

There are new changes in Florida’s child support laws, which are intended to benefit you.

Child support obligations in Florida end when a child reaches 18-years-old, or high school graduation if the child turns 18 beforehand and has a reasonable expectation of graduation before turning 19-years-old.

Typically, a parent would have to file a Petition with the Court to formally end their child support obligation. If there were multiple children, the Court would recalculate the new child support obligation for the remaining children. The process could create a real financial hardship for the parent.

Florida’s child support orders now have to list the date the child support will self-terminate. If there are multiple children, the order must contain the dates showing when the child support for each child ends along with the new amounts for the remaining children.