Divorce is a stressful and emotional experience, no matter who is seeking the divorce or the reasons doing so. How long does a divorce take in Florida? The time and energy can be training, but with the right legal support, the process can be much more manageable.
At Ilvento Law, P.A., we understand that you need guidance throughout the process to understand your options and plan your future. We strive to help our clients get the representation they need to stand strong for their interests.
We also understand that the decisions that must be made are interrelated. For example, the amount of alimony awarded will impact the amount of child support. In addition, decisions must be made as to how the marital assets are to be equitably divided, as well as whether any assets can be classified as non-marital.
Dial (407) 898-0747 now and schedule your initial consultation with our attorney. You can also reach us online.
There are many factors to consider when filing for divorce in Florida. You want to ensure you are not overlooking key details before you begin the proceedings. Not only can a lack of preparation have you start out from behind, but it could make it harder to appeal any judgments that are less than ideal.
We can assist you in navigating all the aspects of a divorce (dissolution of marriage), including issues regarding:
The collaborative process can be used in all family matters, including:
We believe in forcefully protecting your rights, but we also realize that in cases involving children, you and your spouse need to maintain the ability to communicate after the case is done and the final judgment is entered.
Courts in Florida require mediation prior to holding hearings and trial. We work to get to mediation early in the case, as soon as possible after we have received sufficient discovery. We strive to make mediation fruitful and resolve as many issues as is practicable. At the end of the day, we believe that your assets should be available to be divided, and not be drained by unnecessary litigation expenses.
The collaborative law process is also available as an alternative to litigation. Through the collaborative law process, parties who are represented by counsel meet together with counsel and professional neutrals to resolve all issues in a case. It is a beneficial and often cost-saving option. In addition, it assists parties in focusing on the future in a goal-oriented approach, often helping the parties to establish a working relationship with each other. In families with children, it greatly assists in preserving stability for the children.
Florida does not require you to prove your spouse was at-fault for the breakdown of the marriage. Filing for divorce as “no-fault” is most often used nowadays. The only reason you would need to provide is that the marriage has broken down to a point where you and your spouse can no longer make it work and there is no chance of reconciliation.
In divorces, however, fault may be a consideration where alimony is at issue. If you believe your spouse was to blame for the end of the marriage, such as due to infidelity, you can fight for an alimony agreement that you believe is fair based on these circumstances.
Before the divorce can be finalized, note that you must have been a resident of Florida for at least six months (or you spouse should meet this requirement). A judge will not be able to grant the divorce if this requirement is not met. To verify this, you may show your driver’s license, a state-issued identification card, voter registration card, or provide testimony from a third-party witness.
Contested divorce refers to divorce cases where the two parties are unable to agree on the division of assets, how to handle marital debt, and timesharing and child support arrangements. When this happens, the case will go to trial where a judge will make the decisions on the issues in the case. To ensure your rights and best interests are protected and advocated for in a contested divorce, it is important to have an attorney who can negotiate in court on your behalf.
Contact us now so we can discuss your case and your options with you. Dial (407) 898-0747.