How Personal Conduct Shapes Divorce Settlements

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In Florida, the outcome of a divorce settlement can be significantly influenced by the personal conduct of the parties involved. Behaviors such as disorderly conduct, intoxication, DUI (driving under the influence), and domestic violence could have profound implications on the terms of a divorce settlement, particularly concerning parental responsibility and time sharing, division of assets, and alimony. Understanding these factors and exercising caution, especially during sensitive times, is crucial for anyone navigating the divorce process.

Impactful Behaviors on Divorce Settlements

Disorderly Conduct and Intoxication: Instances of disorderly conduct and intoxication are red flags in divorce proceedings. Such behaviors could be interpreted as signs of instability, potentially affecting parental responsibility and time sharing arrangements. Florida courts prioritize the child’s best interest, and demonstrating a pattern of reckless behavior can jeopardize one’s case for timesharing or shared parenting.

DUI Charges: A DUI charge is a serious matter that can have far-reaching effects on divorce outcomes. Beyond the immediate legal consequences, a DUI can influence a court’s perception of an individual’s judgment and responsibility levels, particularly concerning parental responsibility and time sharing. It may also impact the division of assets, especially if marital funds were used in relation to the DUI incident.

Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence is a critical issue that significantly affects divorce settlements in Florida. Courts take allegations of domestic violence seriously, with proven incidents leading to restrictions on custody and visitation for the offending party. Additionally, victims of domestic violence may be entitled to greater protection, support, and potentially a more favorable division of assets and alimony considerations.

Celebrations and Custodial Concerns

March is well known for spring break and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Like many holidays, they present opportunities for family celebrations and making memories with children. Planning kid-friendly activities, such as crafting, baking themed treats, or attending local parades, can make the holiday special and foster positive family interactions during what might be a challenging time.

If you find yourself without your children during St. Patrick’s Day due to time sharing arrangements, it’s important to be mindful of how your actions during celebrations could impact your divorce proceedings. Public celebrations and festivities, often associated with alcohol consumption, can sometimes lead to situations where disorderly conduct or intoxication might occur. Being aware of the potential legal ramifications of such behaviors is crucial, especially when navigating the complexities of divorce. Also, it is a good rule of thumb not to post anything on social media that you would not want shown as evidence in a court of law. Likewise, your written communications with your spouse can be used as evidence in court. Also, be sure to think about that each time you communicate, and take a breath before hitting “send.”  

Final Words of Wisdom

As with any legal matter, it’s essential to remain aware of how personal behavior, particularly in public or during celebrations, can influence the outcome of your divorce settlement. Prioritizing responsible behavior, safeguarding your interests as well as your childrens, and seeking professional legal guidance can help ensure that the divorce process proceeds as smoothly as possible.

If you’re facing divorce and concerned about how your actions might impact the settlement, consider reaching out to a legal professional. Our trusted Legal Team provides bilingual legal services in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties. We handle all financial aspects of Florida Divorces, including Mediation, Postnuptial Agreements, and Asset Protection. There is a happy life waiting for you. 

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Sergio Cabanas, Esq. founded the Cabanas Law Firm in 2006 and provides Divorce and Family legal services, as well as Estate Planning, to ensure his clients have planned for their newly single life and are protected after their divorce. He began his career in law in 1992 as a prosecuting attorney at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, then continued his litigation track as an insurance defense attorney defending medical professionals against medical malpractice claims and expanded into disability and life insurance claims. Sergio is a Certified Mediator registered in the Supreme Court of Florida and a frequent speaker in the community about the importance of Estate Planning to keep families out of probate court and to prepare essential instructions in the event of disability or incapacity.