Florida legislature considering marriage handbooks

Getting a divorce is never an easy decision to make. Yet, when things are tough and the married couple is unhappy, separation seems like the only solution. This is often why, at least for some couples, when the split finally occurs, the decision to divorce is considered a truly good one. In spite of all the complicated questions involved in separation such as child custody, property division and alimony issues, breaking away from an unhappy marriage is often the only way to find happiness again.

Some Florida lawmakers however are dissatisfied with Florida's higher than average divorce rate. The complaint is certainly understood. We all would prefer to stay with our intended life partner for life. Yet, things do happen which often require separation. Yet, the lawmakers think they can assist by putting together a marriage book. They have proposed a bill which would create a marriage handbook, to be distributed to all newly married couples in the state when they apply for a marriage license.

It is certainly a good effort to address marriage woes. Whether a handbook issued by the state of Florida can prevent an unhappy marriage from occurring is unclear. But, certainly when a couple decides to get a divorce, if children are involved, it is important to be aware of all the state' child custody laws. The state of Florida determines child custody on the best interests of the child. Thus, a courtroom will hear information pertaining to the children and the parents and make a decision on custody. Sometimes a court will grant parents joint physical custody and on other occasions a court will grant one parent sole custody.

Child custody decisions are never easy ones to make. A separating couple is often served well when a legal advocate communicates on their behalf. Often during divorce, tensions run high. Having a conversation with one's soon to be ex-spouse about child custody can be a heated endeavor. When a third party steps in, often both individuals have a chance to cool down.

While the legislature may be working on how to preserve marriages, legal experts are still the best sources for obtaining a divorce.

Source: Fox, "Florida legislatures debating giving out marriage handbooks," RachelLegih, March 20, 2013.

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