In addition to doing a parenting plan, the court will also have to determine if child support will be paid. Child support can be ordered in situations where the parties were never married, or even in cases where the parties are still married, but it will always be an issue when there is a divorce involving children. It is possible that for whatever reason, the court will not order child support, but this would only be when it is not in the best interests of the child (usually the parents are splitting custody and costs of the child). Usually child support will go to the parent who has the child more often in an effort to balance out the costs of properly raising a child.
The first thing to remember about divorce in Florida is that it doesn’t have to be one parties fault. Florida is a no fault state, which means that two people can get a divorce without anyone proving who is to blame. You don’t need to prove that one party cheated on the other, didn’t try hard enough to keep the marriage together, or anything along those lines.
Once a party is 100% certain they want a divorce and there is no chance of reconciliation, there are still many things to think about:
Based upon that the court also must determine what kind of alimony to award:
Lastly, understand that it will get worse before it gets better, most of the time no one “wins” a divorce but in many circumstances a divorce is what is best for ALL parties involved. If this is still something that you are thinking about, give us at Jordan Law a call at (407) 906-JLAW (5529). We treat our clients like family and we are here for you.