Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage
Going through a divorce can be extremely difficult. Divorce implicates several other issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, domestic violence, division of assets, child relocation, and many other issues.
Resolving these issues in a way which satisfies both parties in a divorce may be even harder, but we can help you understand the different components of your divorce.
The Divorce Process
Florida is a no-fault divorce state. When you file for a divorce, you do not have to show that your spouse engaged in misconduct which led to the divorce. In other words, if you and your spouse no longer get along and your relationship cannot be repaired, you may file for a divorce in the state of Florida.
To initiate divorce proceedings, one of the spouses must file a Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage with clerk’s office of the circuit court for the county where the divorce is being filed. Once that has happened, the other spouse is served with the paperwork and then the discovery process begins which can take several months depending on the situation and parties.
The outcome of a divorce varies on a case by case basis because every couple’s situation is unique. Possible outcomes in a divorce include an equitable division of assets and debts, an award of spousal support, an award of child support, and a grant of joint parental responsibility or visitation rights. Some spouses are able to come to an agreement on issues such as dividing assets, parental responsibility and child support. Under these circumstances, the spouses can enter into a written agreement and present their desired outcomes to the court. Once the divorce has been finalized, the marriage will be terminated.
Unlike other states, Florida does not recognize a legal separation for couples who want to separate but do not want to get a divorce. A legal separation is a formal process that mimics a divorce but does not terminate the marriage.
No matter the circumstances, divorce proceedings can be highly emotional for the spouses and children involved. Most spouses may not know their rights, or know what other available options they have other than ending their marriage. It is highly recommended you hire a family lawyer with experience in Florida family law to provide you with the proper legal advice.
At The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm, our goal is to successfully help our clients reach a fair marital settlement agreement or take the case to trial if necessary.
Our team of knowledgeable family lawyers will provide you with the help you need, tailored to you and your family’s unique situation. The process can also understandably be overwhelming, emotional, and complicated in many situations. However, working with an experienced Florida family law attorney can make the process much easier for everyone involved. The attorneys at The Florida Probate and Family Law Firm understand your situation, and we will use our extensive experience to secure the most favorable solution in your case. We pride ourselves on understanding our client’s needs and goals, and then use our knowledge, skill, and resources to work towards a desirable outcome. Contact us today to discuss your situation, get your questions answered, and find out how we can help with your divorce today.