Fort Lauderdale, FL- Coming to the decision to divorce is not one that married couples take lightly, and most understand they have a hard process ahead of them. Many couples aren’t even aware of what the divorce process entails and have many questions about it. That is why our team of divorce lawyers in Fort Lauderdale would like to discuss some of the basics of getting a divorce in Florida.

Before you can get a divorce in the Sunshine State, you must first meet residency requirements which dictate that at least one of the spouses must live in the state for at least a year before filing for divorce.

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which essentially means you don’t have to give a reason for seeking a divorce. “Irreconcilable differences” is generally cited as the reason for divorce in no-fault states and is appropriate when both spouses agree their marriage is broken.

If your divorce is uncontested and you and your spouse resolve issues of financial support, asset division, and child custody, you can have your divorce completed in as little as 20 days through a simplified dissolution of marriage.

When it comes to property division, Florida is an equitable distribution state, which means property and assets are divided between both spouses by equitable means. Equitable division does mean everything is divided 50/50; it just means the property is divided considering each spouse’s contribution to the marriage, the assets they bought into the marriage, the value of property being divided and the finances of each spouse. Assists a spouse owned before the marriage remain theirs unless other arrangements have been made.

Like all states, Florida family courts decide issues of child custody and child support with the best interest of a child in mind. Family courts prefer joint custody arrangements, and a child custody lawyer can help you and your spouse and come to an agreement you could both live with and one that will keep the tension to a minimum. An attorney can help you, and your spouse decide on a visitation schedule and resolve child support issues.

Those are just a few basics you need to know if you and your spouse are getting a divorce. Many decisions need to be made, and things you must do to untangle your finances. It’s easier to make those decisions and handle the practical mechanics of divorce when you have a divorce lawyer on your side. Your legal counsel will guide you through all stages of your divorce and help you resolve complicated issues.

If you are planning filing for divorce or need to change a child custody arrangement, USAttorneys recommends you contact the law offices of Curtis Cowan at (954) 525-4100 or visit his website at Family law attorney Curtis Cowan is board certified and has been recognized by the Florida Bar Association for his experience and competency.