Ten Things to Consider Before Filing for Divorce: Part II

A recent Huffington Post Divorce article described ten things that people should consider before filing for divorce.

The second thing mentioned was that it was important to know as much as possible about family finances.  In Florida divorce cases, the rules require that each party be allowed to examine all of their family finances.  Florida Rule of Family Law Procedure 12.285(d) provides that unless both parties agree to waive mandatory disclosure, each party in a divorce case must file the following documents; financial affidavit, tax returns, pay stubs, loan applications, financial statements, deeds, checking account statements, credit card statements, retirement account statements, etc.

This rule is the great equalizer in Florida divorce cases.  Even in relationships where one spouse had complete control over the family finances, each party is allowed to see all of the proof of exactly what the family owns and owes.