2 challenges faced by divorcing firefighters

Out of all the professions in government, firefighters are probably the favorite. Children fantasize about growing up to become a firefighter, and adults fantasize about marrying one. Just because firefighters make some of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes out there, however, does not mean their marriages always endure.

If you're a firefighter in the midst of divorce, you may be facing some unique challenges that people in other professions don't have to worry about. For example, how will your unusual work schedule affect the time you get to spend with your children? And, how much of your firefighters' pension will your ex get to receive?

Firefighters and parenting plans

Not just firefighters -- but also physicians, nurses, military service members, and others who don't have nine-to-five jobs -- will face challenges when it comes to finding a parenting plan that fits with their schedules. Standard visitation plans just don't work in all cases, and Florida family law courts are well aware of this fact.

Fortunately, there are virtually an unlimited number of possibilities available to create a visitation schedule that works for a firefighter, his or her children, and the other parent. A skilled family law attorney can assist you in organizing a parenting plan that fits everyone's schedule.

Firefighters and dividing pensions

When it comes to your firefighters' pension, you may not need to divide it 50/50. Florida is an equitable property division state, which means that courts seek to divide assets in a way that is fair, but it doesn't always result in a 50/50 split.

Some of the factors that could affect how much of your firefighters' pension you have to share include the following:

-- The city, state, county or municipality that employed you;

-- How long your marriage endured;

-- How much you and your spouse separately contributed to the marriage;

-- You and your spouse's financial situations; and

-- You and your spouse's separate and shared liabilities and debts.

A skilled Florida divorce lawyer can help

Firefighters facing divorce proceedings needn't fret about the uniqueness of their situations. Florida family laws are flexible, and they can adjust and conform to accommodate virtually any factual scenario. Whether you're a firefighter, a nurse, a doctor or a boat captain, a skilled Florida divorce lawyer can assist you toward a fair and equitable conclusion in your divorce proceedings.

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