Of the many misconceptions people have about getting a divorce, automatically assuming the worst will happen ranks high on the list. Many divorces in the Tampa region are indeed difficult or even hostile, but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. In Florida, it is even possible to pursue a simplified divorce.
We live in a much more modern world than our parents and grandparents once did. More women have careers outside the home and many fathers take on the role of staying at home with the kids. Living in a modern way also means divorcing in a more contemporary manner. For some, this means declining to accept an offer of spousal support.
Anyone in Florida who has ever gone through a divorce probably knows that there isn't exactly a right time to begin the process. In many cases, the divorce simply occurs whenever it becomes obviously that the marriage in question cannot be saved, and that the spouses would be better off without each other. However, a recent report noted a trend that, based on some statistical studies, seems to have merit: divorce filings oftentimes spike in January.
Couples who have minor children and who are going through a divorce have many different concerns as the case proceeds through the family law court system. Both soon-to-be ex-spouses may be worried about how long the divorce case might take -- which is usually longer when children are involved. They may also both be worried about the costs involved in the divorce. But, primarily, the parents, despite their own disagreements, usually want what is best for the children. The problem is, the parents oftentimes do not agree on what that is.
A divorce can be one of the most impactful events in a Floridian's life. There is no denying the complete change that can go into effect for a man or woman who is ending a marriage to go on with their separate life, sometimes, after years of being married. As important as a divorce case is, it is important to avoid mistakes.
The statistic has been said so much that it is almost common knowledge: half of all marriages end in divorce. That is not a high level of success. But, is that "statistic" actually true anymore? After all, societal norms have been changing quite a bit over recent years, and a new generation is changing how most people approach important turning points in their lives.
Most of our readers in Florida have heard the common refrain that half of all marriages end in divorce. The validity of that supposed statistic has been called into question in recent years, but there is no doubt that most people probably know a friend or family member who has gone through a divorce case. Are there certain personality traits that may make it more likely for a person to end up in a divorce?
There are some people in our state who are in an unhappy marriage and may be contemplating filing for divorce. However, for some of those people, there are impediments to taking the actual step of pursuing a divorce, namely certain "myths" about divorce and the legal process that is involved. Dispelling those myths can give people the information they need to make the right decisions.
Many of our readers in the Tampa area know that a divorce can result in a significant impact on finances, for both spouses who go through the process. In fact, the financial aspect of a divorce is why many couples try very hard to work through their marriage issues. However, some people may not realize that the financial impact of a divorce can be greater for those who are older - the so-called "grey" divorces.
Some of our readers in Florida may have seen news reports in recent years that generational shifts in thinking about relationships and marriage is having an impact on the divorce rate in America. Many of these reports note that the younger generation among us - so-called "millennials" - are waiting longer to get married, are staying in devoted dating relationships longer before getting married and, in general, are more financially secure prior to getting married than older generations might have been. The result? The overall divorce rate in America is declining, with one recent report noting that the divorce rate in our country is at its lowest point in the last 40 years.