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What should you know about divorce in Florida?

Divorces are all too common in Florida, but they aren't all the same. You may have factors that influence your case that others do not. For that reason, it's a good idea to work with a professional who can help you understand your rights and the divorce laws of the state.

For example, did you know that the amount you pay for attorney fees and other costs may vary based on how well you and your spouse can get along? If you can work together, there's a chance you can make the divorce fairly cheap. However, if it's drawn out and contentious, there's a higher risk of your divorce costing you more than just a lot of your time. Sometimes, a spouse will have to pay for the other's fees, but other times, you'll have to foot the bill. Keep that in mind when you decide if an asset or arrangement is worth fighting for.

Another thing to know is that you can restore your former name following a divorce. If you want to do so, you need to request the restoration of your name within your petition or counterpetition. You'll only be able to get the name you had before your marriage, so if you were hoping for one from a marriage or two prior to this, you won't be able to obtain it through this method.

Divorces have many factors that influence them, and there's much to learn. Your attorney can help walk you through the steps of your divorce, so you can complete it quickly and as easily as possible.

Source: The Florida Bar, "Consumer Pamphlet: Divorce In Florida," accessed April 26, 2018

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