The Divorce Process 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.
Once you file for divorce, the process may take several months. You have several options for moving forward. This can include mediation, a courtroom trial, collaborative divorce, arbitration, etc.
The divorce process handles property division, child support, spousal support, and child custody.
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. These may have been only minor mistakes, but even the smallest details can have lasting consequences in a divorce.
By working with an experienced divorce attorney, you can ensure that your agreement is comprehensive, fair, and legally binding. It may seem tempting to go it alone, but working with an attorney can help you avoid expensive errors.
Our team can give you valuable insight throughout your divorce. People are often surprised by how legally complex a divorce can be, especially in Florida. We can help you understand your legal rights and obligations, advising you on the best options for your situation. In some cases, we can help expedite the divorce process, saving you time and money in the long run.
Ultimately, the decision to work with a divorce attorney is a personal one, but you should carefully consider your options before proceeding.