Florida Divorce Procedure
Divorce - What to Expect
A divorce is a painful and difficult experience. It is never easy to end
a marriage and when children are involved it becomes that much more difficult.
However, if you understand the functions and limitations of the legal
system, the process becomes more tolerable. Having the right Florida
divorce lawyer can go a long way towards making the process go as smoothly as it can
considering the circumstances.
A divorce generally involves four major issues: child custody/visitation,
child support, alimony, and a division of property/debts. There are other
issues that may come up, but normally these are the most important points
that will be considered in your divorce. The court may also be asked to
enter an order (called an injunction) prohibiting or requiring certain
actions. After the case is concluded, the court may later be asked to
modify custody and/or support. You need to understand each of these aspects
of your case.
Florida's divorce system is based on the principle of "no-fault,"
meaning that a divorce will be granted if either party believes that the
marriage is over. Generally, the causes of the failure of the marriage
are not an issue in court. All that matters is that the marriage needs
to be ended. The easiest way of getting through a divorce as quickly as
possible is to work out a Marriage Settlement Agreement with the help
of our office and your spouse or his/her attorney. Through compromise
and cooperation, a settlement can lead to greater mutual satisfaction
and lessened animosity between you and your spouse. In most cases, negotiations
toward settlement can be more productive and far less expensive than a
trial. If negotiations fail and you must try your case, the court will
make rulings that will permanently affect you and your children. The court's
rulings must be made exclusively upon the limited evidence that is presented
in court, and nothing else. Because the court is restricted in what the
court can and cannot do, a settlement can offer a wider range of options.
It may be best, therefore, to try to keep emotions out of the case and
logically look at settling your case out of court if at all possible.
Effective Divorce Lawyer
At Bogle Law our caring and compassionate legal team will help you determine
the best options for each aspect of your divorce. We will discuss each
point as needed, including child support, visitation, alimony and property
division so that your goals for the dissolution are achieved. Remember
that if you have children, they normally continue to have a relationship
with the noncustodial spouse, so it is in everyone's best interests
to maintain as friendly a relationship as possible during and after the
divorce. For effective and understanding divorce assistance, contact our
office for your confidential initial consultation.
If you are facing a divorce,
contact the caring and compassionate attorneys at Bogle Law