Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.
Florida divorces are decided as a no-fault matter. Florida no-fault law that rules divorces basically means that the reason for the divorce is not important in determining issues surrounding the divorce. In Florida, divorces separate assets and liability (debts) equally between the parties; alimony is based on a number of factors including the lifestyle of the parties during the marriage, the length of the marriage, etc.; and the time-sharing plan for the children is based on the best interest of the children. None of these factors are decided based on who did what during the marriage.
In situations of adultery; gambling; drug use; etc. the court can consider whether marital funds were used in furtherance of those actions. If it can be shown that marital funds were dissipated by one of the parties for such actions, then the court may order an unequal distribution of marital assets and debts in order to payback the other party.
When determining the best interest of the child[ren], the court may consider whether one of the parties participates in activities that may be detrimental to the child[ren]. If there are extreme accusations, then the court may require a time-sharing coordinator and/or a social investigation in order to assist in determining the best situation for the kids.
Understand your rights and options before filing for divorce and contact a family law attorney to assist you with these issues.