Beware of the Monday Morning QB

January 8, 2020  | 
By: Chad Layton, Esq.

The process of divorce is a difficult time that can be less difficult when close friends and family members step up and make the extra effort to be there for you.  This is often as simple as calling to check in on you or planning time to spend together at the beach or for a lunch date.

This type of support makes a big difference and gives you much needed love and support during a tough time.

The temptation can arise for your friend to give you “advice”.  It may be best to exercise caution when receiving advice from a friend as it relates to what you should get out of your divorce or what you should do to get a better settlement.

The results of your divorce will affect the financial picture of you and your  spouse for the rest of your life.  Many attorneys limit their practice to family law to assure that they know how to navigate a divorce and how to obtain the best available solution for their client.

If you hire an experienced and qualified divorce attorney, trust that they have listened to you and that they know exactly what needs to be done obtain the best available solution for you in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, in some cases, “Uncle Joe” the personal injury attorney, or Samantha whom went through a divorce six years ago, takes on the role of a trusted advisor.  Having a little bit of knowledge when it comes to divorce is dangerous.  The free advice you get from Samantha or Uncle Joe on alimony, retirement accounts, the house and the kids is worth what it cost.

These individuals do not know how alimony is determined, if it is warranted in your case and how an amount or duration can be determined.  They don’t know how to draft an equitable distribution chart for your home, retirement plans and all other assets of your marriage.  They don’t know what is required for a parenting plan and child support calculation.

To obtain advice that you can count on in divorce, schedule a consultation with an experienced divorce attorney and trust that they will assist you in a professional and ethical manner.

Working with each client to achieve a low conflict divorce allows our firm to provide fixed fee divorce options.  Our fixed fees are published on our website at:  under fixed pricing.

If you have questions about divorce, call us to schedule an initial divorce consultation.

About the Author

Chadwick Layton, Esq. Collaborative Divorce AttorneyChadwick M. Layton is a marital law and divorce attorney at Mindful Divorce, P.A. in Palm Beach County, FL.  Mr. Layton is also a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section, the Susan B. Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches and the Palm Beach Flagler Rotary Club.

Mindful Divorce P.A.
205 Worth Ave. Suite 303
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Phone (561) 537-8227
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