Surprising things that do not usually impact a divorce settlement

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in divorce on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

When a marriage ends, many people wrongly believe that painting their soon-to-be ex in a bad light will help them in a divorce settlement. For most Florida breakups, most of these accusations will have little impact on the property distribution in the divorce. Here are a few things that people are often surprised to learn do not impact divorce settlements in most cases.

When one spouse works while the other is a homemaker or stay-at-home parent, the working party will often think he or se is is entitled to more property because that individual “earned” most of it. In most cases, settlements are designed to be equitable and assets from the marriage are shared, regardless of who worked and did not work. A stay-at-home parent may think they have more of a right to custody, but again, this may not be relevant if both parents are considered fit to share custody.

Another thing people often think is relevant in a divorce settlement is the name on the title of a marital asset. For example, if a couple shares a car but it is in one party’s name, the titleholder may think that is enough to claim ownership. In reality, if the asset is considered marital, the name on the title or deed is irrelevant.

Dividing property in a divorce can get complicated. However, it is important to stay focused on the complexities that matter in the division rather than distracting details that are not relevant under Florida family law. A lawyer can help clarify these issues and make it easier to achieve an equitable divorce settlement.