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Property division a key part of many Florida divorces

Sometimes during the process of divorce, people get taken advantage of. It happens most often to those who aren't knowledgeable about the law, and don't realize that they don't have to agree to something they're offered.

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid being the victim of something like this, even when the stress levels and emotions that come along with a divorce are running high. There are three main things that you can do so you don't get taken advantage of during a divorce. 

Know and Understand Your Finances

Even if your spouse has always handled the finances, it's time for you to get in there and see what you really have and what you really owe. You may be surprised at what you find, and that could be good or bad. Either way, though, it's important that you are aware of the debts you have, your credit rating, how much money you have in the bank, and any other investments or assets you have. If you don't know what you have, it can be very hard to be sure you're getting your fair share of it during a divorce.

Don't Use Your Emotions to Negotiate

By making decisions with your head and not with your heart, you can go further toward getting a settlement that is right for you and for your future. It can be easy to agree to something because you're stressed out and you just want the divorce to be over with, but you may end up regretting that later when you find that you didn't get what you really should have. If you take your time and think carefully about your options, you'll be much more likely to make the right decision.

Get Good Help From a Professional

An attorney can help (and is absolutely essential) to protecting your assets in a divorce and making sure you get what's fair and just. You may also want to talk to a financial planner, so you know what you should be doing with the assets you'll get when the divorce is final.

Before you file for divorce, or before you agree to anything if your spouse has filed for divorce, though, see an attorney. A family law attorney can help you decide whether any agreement offered to you is a fair one, and ensure that you get what you should out of a divorce when it comes to the division of property and assets. You don't have to get cheated financially, and it's important that you protect your financial future as much as possible. 

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