Experienced Brandon Divorce Lawyer
Handling Divorce Cases for Clients in Many Different Situations in Florida
Each marriage is unique, so it is only natural that each divorce case will also have its own unique circumstances and issues. While it is never easy to end your marriage, the legal process can go smoother with the assistance and representation of an experienced Brandon divorce attorney. At Carman, Bevington & Finegan, our goal is for you to move forward in the best position possible, no matter what type of path your divorce case takes. Contact us today for additional information.
Requirements for a Florida Divorce
All spouses seeking a divorce in Florida must abide by the following requirements under state law:
- One or both spouses must have lived in the state for six months or longer before you can file for divorce
- You must cite the proper grounds for divorce
- You must resolve all relevant matters related to your divorce, which can include the equitable division of property, spousal support, sharing child time-sharing and decision-making authority, and child support
In the past, you had the option to file a divorce based on no-fault grounds or fault-based grounds, such as cruelty or infidelity. Now, however, Florida law only allows no-fault divorce, which is based on irreconcilable differences or that one party has been mentally incapacitated for a certain period of time.
Types of Divorce Cases in Florida
Even though all divorce cases are now no-fault in Florida, it does not mean that all divorce cases are similar. The following are two different types of divorce cases that our clients might have:
Uncontested divorce - Some spouses are able to sit down and decide how to resolve all major issues in their divorce, including financial support, property distribution, and child custody. If you can accomplish such an agreement, you can present it to the court, and it is considered to be an “uncontested” divorce. This type of divorce can save you time, money, and other resources. Though it is a simplified process, it is still critical to have legal guidance during the process.
Contested divorce - When you cannot agree on all necessary issues prior to filing for divorce, the matter is considered to be “contested.” This means you and your spouse then need to work to agree through negotiation or mediation, or your case will need to be decided by the court. An attorney can help you reach a resolution prior to trial whenever possible.
Some additional factors that might complicate a divorce case include:
- Having high assets and substantial property
- Owning a business together
- Having minor children without an agreement on how to share custody
- Having a major discrepancy in income between the spouses
- Having a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that might not be enforceable
Our legal team is ready to represent you in a divorce case, no matter how complicated your circumstances might seem.
Contact a Brandon Divorce Attorney for Assistance Today
At the law firm of Carman, Bevington & Finegan, we handle all types of divorce cases, and we can advise you of the many ways we might assist in your situation. Call 813-654-3444 or contact us online to set up an appointment today.