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No matter how close you and your loved ones may be, family relationships are rarely flawless. The reality is that conflicts do arise. When disputes cannot be resolved inside the home, it may be time to retain legal representation. In your search for an Orlando divorce lawyer, choose a firm that can devote the time, the focus, and the compassion that your divorce case deserves. Choose The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A.

At our family law firm, our Orlando divorce attorneys recognize that your case is emotional and highly personal. From divorce and custody disputes to child support and property division concerns, we handle even the most complex cases with care.

Call our divorce lawyers in Orlando today at (407) 624-5344 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

What is The Divorce Process like in Florida?

Florida is a no-fault divorce state. It is not necessary to prove fault or blame someone for the breakdown of the marriage. Either spouse can simply express their intention to divorce and move forward. To file for divorce, at least one spouse must be a Florida resident for at least six months, and the couple must be separated for at least 20 days before filing for divorce. Once you file for divorce, the process may take several months. You have several options for moving forward. This can include divorce mediation, a courtroom trial, collaborative divorce, arbitration, etc. The divorce process handles property division, child support, spousal support, and child custody.

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Understanding How to Start the Divorce Process

When one spouse, known as the petitioner, submits the required documentation to a circuit court clerk the divorce process begins. These documents include: Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage, Social Security Affidavit, Financial Affidavit, and Uniform Child Custody Justification and Enforcement (UCCJEA) Affidavit (if required). After filing the forms and settling the filing fees, they must be officially delivered to the other spouse through a process called service.

How Long Does It Take to Process a Divorce in Florida? 

The length of time it takes to get a divorce in Florida depends on the type of divorce:

  • Uncontested divorce: Takes between six weeks and three months.
  • Simplified divorce: Takes 30 days.
  • Contested divorce: Takes between six months to a year.
  • Initially contested but later mediated process: Takes between 4 and 6 months.

The average uncontested divorce takes three months, and the average contested divorce takes 12 months. However, a contested divorce can take up to two years or even longer in extreme circumstances.

Our team has years of family law experience. We are well-equipped to handle a wide range of family law matters, including:

Dealing with these sensitive issues can be overwhelming and emotional. It's important to have a compassionate, knowledgeable family law attorney by your side.

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Why Do You Need an Attorney for Your Divorce?

Technically, it is possible to create a divorce agreement on your own. Doing so, however, comes with many risks. There are a multitude of legal and financial complexities to consider, and without guidance, you can make costly mistakes. For example, many couples believe they have created a fair division of assets and liabilities. Later, however, they discover that you missed some important details or didn't fully understand the impact of certain agreements. By working with an experienced divorce lawyer in Orlando, you can ensure that your agreement is comprehensive, fair, and legally binding.

At The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A., our team is committed to helping clients navigate some of the most difficult and emotional legal experiences. Our Orland divorce attorneys have years of experience, and we have the legal know-how to help you get through your divorce

Don't hesitate to contact us online or call our Orlando divorce attorney at (407) 624-5344 today.

Florida Family Law & Divorce FAQ

What are the grounds for divorce in Florida?

In Florida, you can file for divorce based on either fault or no-fault grounds. No-fault grounds include irreconcilable differences and mental incapacity of one of the spouses for at least three years. Fault-based grounds may include adultery, abandonment, and cruelty.

How long does it take to get a divorce in Florida?

The time it takes to finalize a divorce in Florida varies depending on the circumstances of the case. An uncontested divorce where both parties agree on all issues can typically be completed more quickly than a contested divorce, which may take several months or longer to resolve.

Will I have to go to court for my divorce?

In many cases, divorcing couples are able to reach a settlement agreement outside of court through negotiation or mediation. However, if issues cannot be resolved amicably, a court appearance may be necessary, especially for contested matters such as child custody or property division.

How is property divided in a Florida divorce?

Florida follows the principle of equitable distribution, which means that marital property is divided fairly but not necessarily equally. Factors such as the duration of the marriage, each spouse's financial contributions, and the economic circumstances of each party are considered when dividing assets and debts.

What factors are considered in child custody determinations?

When determining child custody arrangements, Florida courts consider the best interests of the child. Factors such as the child's relationship with each parent, the stability of each parent's home environment, and the child's educational and emotional needs are taken into account.

Can I modify a divorce decree after it has been finalized?

Under certain circumstances, it may be possible to modify aspects of a divorce decree, such as child custody, child support, or alimony payments. However, there must be a significant change in circumstances to warrant a modification, and the request must be approved by the court.

Do I need a lawyer for my divorce?

While it is possible to represent yourself in a divorce proceeding, having the guidance of an experienced divorce attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you achieve the best possible outcome. A lawyer can provide valuable advice and advocacy throughout the divorce process.

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