Divorce Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Divorce Questions

Need a divorce? Residence in the state of Florida for at least six months will entitle you to be divorced in Florida, even if your spouse does not live in Florida.

The usually uncomplicated divorce may take between 3 to 6 months. If uncontested and all matters are agreed to in advance, it could take only a few weeks. Please note, divorce is aggressively contested, involving complex legal issues, can take more than a year.

The cost of divorce ranges in price based on the amount of time and effort to draw a conclusion. It depends on how much time your attorney puts into your case and the course of action you chosen to pursue. Each case is different and depends on the complexity involved and the extent of disagreement between the parties.

There is no easy answer for all cases. It will depend on many factors and your particular circumstances. The most important factor is the need of one spouse to be supported and the ability of the other to pay support.

Basic grounds for a divorce may be irretrievably broken. Also, Florida is a “no fault” divorce state.

No. You can represent yourself. It’s advisable to check with a lawyer and ensure you’re not missing anything and the paperwork is correct and in order. Also, remember the old adage, “The person who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Also, a lawyer will be objective and uncluttered by emotional issues that can cause mistakes. Florida law can be involved and confusing, even if the emotion is eliminated and matters of dispute seem to have an agreement. It’s highly recommended to consult with an experienced Marital and Family law attorney before you sign an agreement. Unforeseen circumstances may occur that you may not be cognizant or aware of certain repercussion that may cause your legal rights to be unprotected.

When parties involved cannot agree, the judge will make the decision that is perceived to be the best interest of the child. This is a very difficult and complicated area of Family Law. The Florida law is slowly changing towards a more equitable time sharing arrangement, rather than the old-fashioned of “alternate weekends” or the “weekends only” approach. Please be aware each case is different and involves unique situations.

There is no easy answer for all cases. It will depend on many factors and your particular circumstances. The most important factor is the need of one spouse to be supported and the ability of the other to pay support.

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