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Dividing Debt in Divorce

Dividing Debt in Divorce

Do You Know How Your Debt Will Be Divided During Your Divorce?

Even in the most cordial of divorces frequently turn contentious when the divorce process turns towards dividing assets, especially in states like Florida that don’t divide property or assets down the middle. Once you begin to factor in debts you and your soon to be ex-spouse may have, coming up with a fair and mutually beneficial outcome can become even more difficult which may become even more se depending on the size of the debts you need to factor in. An experienced family law attorney can help you prepare for this process to ensure that you secure the beneficial outcome you need to move on to the next phase of your life.

Call us at (813) 518-7941 to speak with one of our Tama divorce attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks today.

At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa divorce attorneys have dedicated their careers to providing families and individuals who require knowledgeable and passionate legal representation during their time of need. With the proper guidance, you can avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that could result in you facing down a difficult and unfavorable situation. Our attorneys will work with you to make sure that you aren’t taken advantage of by the courts or your spouse, and help you secure the favorable outcome you deserve. Contact us today to begin planning your next step.

How Should I Prepare?

The first thing you need to do when preparing for the property division portion of your divorce process is to take note of the names connected to the debt you and your spouse may hold, and whether or not it exclusively belongs to either party. This is especially important because in many cases, the company you or your spouse owes money to may not care about the agreements you make in the courtroom. If your name is on the bill that your spouse agreed to pay, you will likely still be responsible for any fees, penalties and / or interest that result from missed or delayed payments.

One avenue you may choose to pursue is handling all of your debts before signing the final divorce papers. The easiest way to do this may be to sell off major pieces of real estate like your marital home and using the funds to pay off your debts. This could have the added benefit of answering arguments about who gets to keep the home before they even start. You could also sign up for a new credit card and transfer your funds and debts to that new account to make sure that everything is connected to the right name. Whichever avenue you choose to pursue, a qualified divorce attorney can help you throughout the entire process to help you avoid any potential complications.

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At Givens Givens Sparks, we understand just how difficult and stressful the divorce process can be for you and your entire family. Our Tampa divorce lawyers have more than 135 years of collective experience on our side, and have helped hundreds of people secure the beneficial outcome they require to move on to the next phase of their lives. Whether you are just beginning your divorce process or if you’re well on your way, call us at (813) 518-7941 to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys or fill out our online form to start out with a case evaluation today.

Case Results

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which a child was nearly removed from her mother’s custody and given to the child’s alleged father, although the father had not yet established paternity. Candela filed a written response on behalf of her client (the mother) alleging fraud by the father and had the pick-up order set aside before custody was transferred to the father. The practical result was to allow the mother and child stay in their home state (not Florida) pending the resolution of the case. The Court agreed and granted Candela’s client custody.

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client filed a Petition to Establish Paternity, and the mother was served. After being served, the mother fled the state with the child. Candela filed an Emergency Motion for the immediate return of the child, and at that hearing, which was granted on an emergency basis, the mother was forced to turn the child over to the father, giving the father sole custody of the child pending the ultimate resolution of the case.

  • Family Law Case - Relocation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client (the father) accused his child’s mother of relocating the child out of state without the consent of the child’s father. Candela was able to obtain a court order to return the child to the state of Florida and to remain in her client’s care while establishing permanent custody and timesharing plans. After Candela’s successful litigation of the case, the Court ruled that the mother’s Petition for Relocation was denied, and that the child shall live primarily with Candela’s client in Florida, with summer and school break schedules allotted to the mother.

  • Family Law Case - Timesharing Violation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client was accused of violating a timesharing schedule agreed upon by both parental parties at the time the couple was divorced. The client’s child’s mother claimed that Candela’s client did not return the child for holiday timesharing at both Christmas and Easter. Candela had sent formal correspondence to the child’s mother regarding the dispute over the interpretation of the timesharing schedule, and when she did not agree, the father kept the child. The Court agreed with Candela’s interpretation of the timesharing schedule and found that her client was not in contempt for either holiday.

  • Family Law Case - Unilateral Medical-Related Decisions

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which she filed a Motion for Contempt on behalf of her client against the mother of his child for making unilateral medical-related decisions for the minor child without his knowledge. The Court agreed that the mother was in violation of the final judgment of their dissolution of marriage and held her in indirect civil contempt. The Court also ordered that the treatment in question cease immediately and that the mother be solely responsible for any and all costs related to that treatment. Furthermore, the Court ordered that the mother was not to make any unilateral decisions in the future and was to notify the father of any future appointments so that he could be present either over the phone or in person.

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  • "Rob, I wanted to say thank you for all your efforts in getting this agreement settled."

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