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Divorce

Do you plan on getting a divorce?

Ending a marriage impacts every aspect of your life. It is not just a legal problem. Divorce changes your marital status, your financial situation, your relationship with friends, family and even your children. Divorce changes the way you feel about yourself and brings with it huge emotional changes and traumas.

Virtually every part of your life will be touched, and in almost all instances the impact will be negative. We strive to help our clients through their divorce with professionalism, integrity, and compassion.

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Do you feel like your divorce is tearing you in two?

Divorce is a difficult and emotional process that causes many couples to come out worse off than they originally anticipated. Collaborative divorce, or collaborative law as it’s also known, seeks to provide an alternative route for divorcing parties who want their family issues handled outside of the courtroom. An experienced team helps spouses through this time by providing support while negotiating agreements on all aspects of parenting including child custody schedules and visitation rights in order to minimize conflict among involved families

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The Legal Strategy: What Does Divorce Mean for Me?

The issues involved in a dissolution of marriage are important and far reaching. If there are children, parental responsibility is at the top of the Judge’s list of concerns and yours as well. Access to your children, that is – “Where are my children going to live?” and “When will they be with me?” – is always a key issue for most parents.
Although nearly 50% of all marriages end in divorce, it is important to understand that your legal battle is different than anyone else’s you might know. Whether it is your decision to begin a divorce, or if you were the one served with divorce papers, our divorce expert will analyze the facts of your case and develop a legal strategy to maximize your time with your children, post divorce.
If you have children, they will become the focus of the proceedings from each vantage point: Yours, ours and the judge’s. Time Sharing, a Parenting Plan, Child Support and the best interest of the children will be the Court’s primary consideration during your divorce. We will work with you to focus on the children’s issues to insure their best interests are protected and to insure that you understand the factors the Court will examine when considering what is best for the children.
In addition to developing a legal strategy focused on your children, we will also develop a strategy to deal with the other issues in your case. Equitable Distribution – the dividing up of the assets and liabilities can be an area fraught with peril. Alimony is always an acrimonious issue between the parties and child support can be as well. With each issue, we will assess your goals and objectives and the facts of your case and then develop a strategy that is designed to help you pursue those goals.

Divorce FAQ's

How long is the divorce process?

Depending on the type of divorce, the timeframe can range from 1 month to years.

What types of divorces are there?

  1. Simplified divorce (no children and no property).
  2. A divorce that includes children and property.
  3. A divorce that includes children and no property.
  4. A divorce that includes property and no children.
  5. A collaborative divorce.

Can you get a divorce in Florida if your Spouse does not live in Florida?

If you have been a resident of the State of Florida for at least 6 months prior to the filing of the Petition and are not deemed mentally incapacitated, you may obtain a divorce in Florida even though your Spouse does not live in Florida. If there are minor children and the children do not reside with you in Florida, then the child-related issues may not be heard.

Is mediation required in a litigated divorce proceeding?

Prior to trial, mediation is mandatory as an attempt for the Parties to resolve the issues in their divorce.

Is fault considered in a Florida divorce?

Florida is a no-fault State. The only consideration is that there are irreconcilable differences.  Fault may be considered as a factor when deciding the issue of alimony/spousal support.

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