Property division during divorce may play out many different ways, depending on the individual factors in your marriage as well as the laws that Florida has in place that govern property division. Unlike some other states like California and Texas, Florida uses the "equitable distribution" model of property division. This means that a couple may divide assets and liabilities held within their marriage many different ways as long as both the spouses and the court agrees that the division is fair and legal.
This, of course, can prove quite complicated. While spouses do enjoy some flexibility in Florida that other states do not offer, that does not always equal less conflict throughout the process. In fact, in many cases, this greater flexibility encourages greater conflict between spouses who each see it as license to demand more in the negotiations.
It is always wise to enlist the guidance of an experienced attorney who can help you assess your circumstances and identify which options may offer fair resolution to your divorce. Professional guidance can help you examine these issues through both emotional and practical perspectives, building a comprehensive understanding of your priorities and available options.
You deserve a fair divorce, no matter how you and your spouse arrived at this point in your relationship. Seeking out professional guidance that values fair and honest practices in divorce can help you achieve the divorce you need and protect your rights and interests as you work through your property division and other aspects of divorce. Don't hesitate to reach out for the help you need to set the tone for your divorce and begin building your new life as single person on the other side of this difficult season.
Source: Findlaw, "What Does Equitable Distribution of Property Really Mean?," accessed Nov. 09, 2017