Dissolution of Marriage Varies by State
Each state has it’s own distinct laws to qualify for a dissolution of marriage and each state has slightly different court proceedings, documents, and guideline used to define an individuals situation. That i why it is so important to consult a divorce attorney if you are contemplating one. Her are some helpful things to consider in a divorce.
Top 10 Things to Consider When Seeing a Divorce Attorney
- Residency – Either you or your spouse must either be a Florida resident or a member of the armed forces stationed in Florida in order to file for a divorce in the state of Florida. If you both agree to a divorce in writing, then your petition continues through the process. However, if one of you denies that the marriage is irrevocably broken, or you have a child, the court may order counseling for up to three months.
- The first document – Your divorce has legally begun once you or your spouse files a petition for dissolution of marriage with the Family department of the local circuit court. The other spouse is served by the court and the spouse has time to respond. If you both agree on the division of property and debt and responsibilities for children, then your dissolution of marriage can be finalized. If you cannot agree on all points, the courts will assign a hearing time.
- Division of marital assets and property – Please see my blog, “Dissolution of Marriage: How will the courts decide the separation of assets in the state of Florida?”
- Alimony – The court may award alimony if it is “well founded.” The courts will consider the age and physical condition of each spouse, the length of the marriage, and the standard of living during the marriage.
Part 2 of Divorce Hints Coming Soon
Stay tuned for part 2 of the top divorce hints for a Florida dissolution of marriage.
If you are considering a divorce, consult with a lawyer who has experience in collaborative divorce, mediation, and traditional adversarial divorce so you can receive insight on which type of divorce may be right for you. Seek out Tampa divorce attorneys with the knowledge you need. Seek out S. David Anton of Anton Legal Group.
David Anton is a third generation Tampa Bay attorney who has handled all aspects of dissolution actions since 1985.
To schedule your family law consultation, call the Anton Legal Group at 813-443-5249.