Getting divorced is a legally and emotionally complex process. Before filing for divorce it is important to be certain there are no other options that could make the marriage work. Marriage and family therapists, psychologists, or other qualified counselors can be helpful. In addition to private therapists, many religious organizations offer counseling to couples and families considering divorce. Only when all other options are exhausted and the marriage is truly “irretrievably broken” should you file for divorce.
If you have decided to move forward with a divorce, it is important to hire a knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate attorney to guide you through the process. Since Florida is a no-fault state, there is no need to cite a specific reason for the breakdown of the marriage. Instead, in Florida, it must be alleged that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Fault may be considered in certain situations when determining alimony or timesharing of minor children.
The goal in any divorce is to decide the issues in the marriage; which may include equitable distribution of the assets and liabilities, alimony or spousal support, child custody and timesharing, child support and any other issues that may be specific to your marriage. These issues can be decided through negotiation, mediation or trial.
Because getting divorced is an extremely complex process both legally and emotionally, you may not be fully aware of all of your rights. Court employees may be able to answer some of your more basic questions and point you in the direction of basic forms, however, they cannot give legal advice. At Winston Law, we can evaluate your specific needs, advise you of your rights, answer your questions, and help you to make decisions in the best interests of your family.
If you or a loved one are considering divorce or are interested in more information, contact Winston Law, P.A. at firstname.lastname@example.org or (561) 670-9375.