Are you and your spouse heading for divorce? This difficult transition
certainly arrives with its own share of questions –
how long until it’s final,
how much will the process cost,
what are your visitation rights. We can help shed some light on the subject.
What does a legal divorce entail?
A divorce requires one party to state that the marriage is ‘irretrievably
broken’, meaning it cannot be repaired through marriage counseling
or otherwise. This is seldom if ever contested in a court of law.
Additional stipulations require residency for a period of at least six
months preceding the filed petition.
What’s my first step?
The first step to take in Floridian divorce is filing a Petition for Dissolution
of Marriage. This legal document will outline any claims you’re
making, such as child support, timesharing among children, division of
property and alimony.
Do I need an attorney?
The best route to take in divorce is adopting civil discourse with your
spouse to fairly divide claims. Unfortunately, many cases of divorce ultimately
require legal counsel to ensure both parties have their best interests
It is generally recommended individuals lacking legal experience shouldn’t
represent themselves. Hiring an attorney is the best way to protect your
rights and ensure you have a sturdy foundation going forward. Don’t
hesitate to contact us.
How is child support calculated?
There is a specific formula used to calculate child support in Florida,
known as the Child Support Guidelines. Essentially, both parties’
net incomes are combined alongside the number of children. The statute
provides a figure for the total support necessary for the children. Living
conditions of the parent are not considered unless under extreme circumstances.
What other considerations are made under the Child Support Guidelines?
Additional factors such as health insurance and day care needs are taken
into consideration when calculating child support under the Child Support