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Common Divorce Questions: Answered

The better you understand the divorce process, the more likely you are to feel confident and get the outcome you want.

The Law Office of Cheryl Bucker, P.A., will take the time to listen to you and explain the information you need to know. Call our Pompano Beach divorce attorneys at 954-773-8983 or toll-free at 888-392-5781, or send us an email to get answers to your specific questions.

Does The Length Of My Marriage Affect The Divorce?

It is possible. An alimony award can partially depend on how long you were married. In addition, the marriage duration can add unique qualities to your case. If you were married for a decade, for example, it is likely that each spouse’s assets are closely intertwined. If you were married for a few months, you may be able to separate your property more easily. However, every case is different and will require a personalized approach.

Do I Have To Take My Divorce To Court?

No; you and the other party can negotiate a divorce settlement if you prefer. Often, settling your case can be more cost-effective and take less time than litigation. You would still need to seek approval from a Florida court for certain decisions, which is often simple to achieve with the help of your lawyer. However, complex or contentious divorces may require the court’s assistance to ensure a fair outcome.

What Are The Costs Involved With Divorce?

In divorce, you and your former spouse will divide the marital property that you own. Be prepared to lose access to the value of the assets that the other party will receive. In addition, the court will require fees for documentation, trial or other needs that your divorce case may have. For information about attorneys’ fees, your lawyer can help you understand legal expenses and payment options.

What Happens To Debt In Divorce?

Certain kinds of debt may be separately owned while other debts may be shared between spouses. Properly classifying debt ownership is critical for a fair property division outcome. You can address marital debt in a variety of ways, including offsetting a higher portion of debt with a higher portion of assets. However, your lawyer should help you plan for the extra challenges of debt distribution, which may involve interest and collateral issues.