Martin County Divorce Attorneys
Helping Couples Resolve Important Marriage Dissolution Issues across Jupiter & the Surrounding Communities
Divorce matters can be extremely difficult to navigate, especially if the parties involved have a hard time agreeing on the specifics. At Deckard, Kofsky, & Clark, LLC, our lawyers will work with you to obtain favorable results. We understand the complex intricacies of divorce and can help you resolve any issues you and your partner may have that are blocking the finalization of your divorce. From disputes related to property division to the creation of a sound custody arrangement, we will aggressively protect your best interests in and out of the courtroom.
To speak with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (772) 238-7231.
Grounds for Divorce in Florida
Florida is a "no-fault" divorce state, this means that neither spouse is required to accuse the other of "marital misconduct" to begin the divorce process. However, either party must state there are irreconcilable differences that contributed to the dissolution of their marriage when filing divorce papers. Irreconcilable differences is a blanket term to explain that the parties no longer wish to be married to each other.
The Divorce Process
If you are looking to get a divorce in Florida, either party must first have:
- Been a resident of the state for 6 months or more; and
- Been a resident of the county they currently reside for 3 months or more.
The ease of the divorce process varies from couple to couple. For example, a couple who has been married for less than 5 years with no shared children will have an easier time completing their divorce than a couple who has been married for 10 years, share children, and/or have joint assets and properties.
Once the initial paperwork has been filed, the parties involved must complete the following steps:
- File an answer: the party served with the paperwork has 20 days to file an answer. In this document, they can either agree or disagree with the terms of the divorce. If the other part disagrees, the divorce is considered contested and may take longer to finalize than an uncontested divorce.
- File additional paperwork: after the response, the parties must file paperwork to give the court a better idea of each person’s situation. These documents usually include detailed financial records, child support guidelines, and a parenting plan.
- Discovery: this step of the divorce process allows attorneys on both sides to gather relevant evidence and disclosures to ensure each party is not trying to hide assets or other important information.
- Mediation: it is common for most Florida residents to attempt to work through their disputes through mediation before heading to a courtroom. However, if they cannot agree on the specifics, then a judge will decide for them.
- Parenting Plans: if minor children are involved, the court must approve a parenting plan that allows the children to spend quality time with each parent.
- Trial: If there are any remaining topics a couple cannot agree on, they are required to participate in a final hearing where the judge will hear both sides and come to a final agreement.
Let Us Help You Protect Your Best Interests
Our Stuart divorce lawyers at Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, PLLC is committed to helping our clients understand and resolve their dissolution of marriage. We will work directly with you through every step of the process to ensure you are an active participant in your case.
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