If you are considering ending a legal marriage in Florida, you should have a full understanding of your rights and obligations. Throughout the legal process, you will need to make decisions on parenting time, division of property and debts, and spousal and child support. Each spouse should have an attorney throughout the process to ensure that their interests are being protected.
Seeking a legal separation or divorce? Our attorneys provide representation during mediation, during the negotiations of a settlement, and in a litigated divorce. Clients can benefit from the advocacy of skilled legal professionals with years of experience in family law matters.
In Florida, divorces may be contested or uncontested. Divorces are no fault, which means that the process of ending a marriage may be initiated absent any specific catalyst, such as adultery or abuse. If one or both spouses has determined the marriage is irretrievably broken and that their differences are irreconcilable, a divorce may be initiated if either spouse has been a Florida resident for at least six months.
Divorce is a traumatic time that will have a profound impact on the rest of your life. There are many financial effects that a divorce can have on your bottom line. During any initial consultation your attorney will also discuss the costs typically associated with divorce and hiring a family law attorney. Securing a fair financial settlement and a reasonable agreement on child time-sharing is in the best interest of both parties and their children.
Couples may also have unique issues specific to their situation, such as family businesses that must be valued and divided or prenuptial agreements that must be interpreted or enforced.
Family law attorneys will help you to benefit from the current Florida laws with regard to establishing parenting time. An attorney will assist you in dividing marital assets and debts, equitable distribution of marital property, and the determination of what, if any, non-marital (pre-marital property) exists.
Understanding the divorce laws will help facilitate obtaining a negotiated settlement as efficiently as possible. The ultimate goal is that your Florida divorce will let you begin a new life under the best possible circumstances.