Divorce is an unfortunate reality. It happens to people of all walks of life from the average Joe to household names like celebrity couple Gwen Steffani and Gavin Rossdale. According to TMZ.com, Gwen filed for divorce on Monday. Gwen and Gavin are both successful musicians and have been married for over 13 years, but sources report that Gwen complained that Gavin was a cheater and was on tour with his band too often. Gavin claims that Gwen spent time on the road, as well. Reasons for divorce vary as much as the couples that get them, but there are a few reoccurring themes in divorce cases. Financial issues, cheating, domestic violence, substance abuse, and simply growing apart are the ones I hear most often. Whatever the reason, divorces are common, but knowledge about the process and rights each person has is not common.
The process of getting divorced is legally simple. What is complicated at times, is accomplishing the task. The emotions that go along with the process can make matters difficult, especially where one party is being spiteful or is suffering from emotional pain that enhances the legal battle. Pushing aside the emotions that come along with a divorce, the major issues to be decided are:
- Child child custody and visitation (referred to as “time-sharing” in Florida)