DIVORCE & FAMILY LAW
Divorce, the "dissolution of marriage" is a difficult process for everyone involved. The two spouses and any children that are involved. There are two types of divorce; one that is uncontested, where both parties are sure of how they wish to proceed and split any joint assets, of their parenting plan for their children, their seniors who they might be caring for or even their pets and a contested divorce, where the need to negotiate every aspect of separating their assets, their responsibilities towards their wards is greater.
If your divorce is uncontested that means everything is agreed to by both the parties, including, but not limited to, child support, custody and visitation of minor children, seniors or pets, who's going to pay for health insurance and uncovered medical expenses, life insurance so that there will be money for children if a parent dies, money for the seniors health needs, division of property, division of debts, alimony, (if any) and all other issues.
A contested divorce is where one or more issues cannot be resolved between the couple and it must be resolved through mediation or the court has to decide these issues in a trial. It is always in the best interest of everyone involved that an agreement where both parties are completely aware of the circumstances and responsibilities before the court does it for them. No one wants to continue to return to the court system over and over unless they are for major changes in lifestyles.
If you are seeking a divorce where there might be some complicated issues, getting an attorney from the beginning is important for they will inform you of all the issues that should be considered:
- •Child Custody
- •Child Visitation
- •Child Support
- •Child Support Modification
- •Did you have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement?
- •Division of Assets
Our Florida offices provide our services in Pasco County, Hernando County, Citrus County, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay Area.
Where you decide to reside after the divorce is an important consideration. Will your new life take you out of the state?
Florida is a "no-fault" divorce state, which means it is not necessary to prove that your spouse did anything wrong in order to get a divorce. In fact, courts will grant a divorce even if the other spouse does not want to the divorce. All that is required is that you and your spouse must live in Florida for six months prior to seeking a divorce or dissolution of marriage and that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" and one of the parties must testify to that fact under oath.
In you are considering divorce, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible so that you can learn about your rights and options during this difficult time. The selection of a divorce attorney once you have decided that you wish to file for the dissolution of your marriage is an important step towards making your life easier to transition into. Please research everyone you are going to speak to concerning your needs and your circumstances. Make sure that the professionals you are interviewing have the necessary court experience to represent you and your needs.
Contact a Divorce Attorney at K.L. Foote, P.A. for a FREE Consultation.