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Separating fact from fiction in a Florida divorce

Most Florida residents who are parting ways have numerous questions. They may seek opinions and advice from friends, co-workers or family members who have been through a divorce. However, those residents may need to exercise caution because every situation is different and not all information is reliable no matter how well intentioned the person giving it may be.

For instance, men often believe that they will be relegated to weekend visits with their children because mothers are favored by Florida courts in custody matters. That may have been true decades ago, but these days, courts are recognizing more often that having both parents in the children's lives as much as possible. The courts still base their decisions on what is in the best interests of the children, but they now recognize that does not necessarily mean favoring one parent over the other.

In fact, couples may not realize that they do not have to allow the court to make these types of decisions on their behalf. More couples are turning to alternative methods of resolving their divorce issues such as mediation or collaborative law. These alternatives allow the parties to maintain control of their settlement and create one that best fits their family's needs and desires.

The basic procedures may be the same for every divorce, but that only provides an outline. The parties can fill in the gaps as they see fit. The court will still need to approve a couple's settlement before it can be considered final, but that approval may not be difficult to receive as long as their solutions do not violate public policy or current law.

Source: HuffPost, "6 Prevalent Myths You'll Hear About Divorce", Andy Calloway, Aug. 9, 2017

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