File for Divorce in Duval County
Nearly 25 Years of Florida Divorce Experience
As an experienced attorney, I can relieve you of the stress and burdens that accompany your divorce case. Divorce in Florida has specific requirements and laws that must be followed and I can help inform you of these legal regulations.
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The topic of divorce is no longer one that is shunned or looked down upon. It is still, however, an all-consuming and difficult procedure that can break apart even the strongest of families. It is important to take into account all elements and proceed with caution. Every maneuver to navigate the process can affect the outcome of the divorce.
Have you already filed for divorce, but are having second thoughts? You may be interested in reading our blog, "Can I Put My Divorce on Hold if I've Already Filed?"
What to Consider before Filing for Divorce
Filing for divorce is a major, life-changing legal action. By taking certain elements into consideration ahead of time, the couple may be able to have a more practical approach to divorce, and come to a settlement without the need for litigation.
One of the first things to evaluate when filing for divorce is the current state of your finances, both assets and liabilities. By knowing exactly where the individual and joint finances stand, you will be able to get a better understanding on the costs involved in maintaining separate households.
- Will each party be responsible for their own finances following the divorce or will one party be required to pay support?
- How will assets and debts be divided?
- If one spouse left work to care for the children, what will be required to get that spouse back into the workforce so he or she can earn the income needed to meet the household budget?
- Will alimony and/or child support payments need to be made to maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage?
- Who will get the family home, if anyone?
- Will it be sold or will one party retain ownership?
For couples who have children from the marriage, you will also need to take into consideration what living arrangement will be most beneficial to the children.
- Will the parents in the same area so the children do not need to change schools, be distant from family, friends and activities?
- What parenting plan will cause the least disruption to the children's routine, while still allowing them to have regular access to both parents?
- How will matters pertaining to education, health, religion, and overall upbringing be resolved?
With so many points to consider in filing for divorce, and state law regarding parenting, child support, spousal support and property division, it is in your best interest to consult with a skilled attorney if you are considering filing for divorce.
Divorce & Relocation
Relocating your children before, during, and after a divorce is something that you really should talk to a Jacksonville Board Certified Divorce lawyer about before you move. You can read the Florida Statute regarding relocation here. As you can see, the statute is not easy to understand if you are not a divorce lawyer and most people going through a divorce do not even know that it exists. The bottom line is that you can get in trouble with the divorce judge, damage your divorce case, or ruin your chances to move or keep the other parent from moving if you do not understand that law in advance of the problem. As a board certified divorce expert lawyer, I can meet with you for a free consultation to discuss helping you try to relocate with your children as well as helping you to try and keep your children from moving away I represent both men and women and your concerns are my concerns.
What Is the Divorce Process in Florida?
If you are considering divorce, there are a few considerations to be made. I can walk with you through this process, as there are several steps and requirements to consider. The first of these requirements for divorce in Florida demand that at least one member has to be a resident of the state or a member of the armed forces who is stationed in the state.
If both spouses agree that there are irreconcilable differences that warrant the dissolution of marriage, the process can begin. The divorce officially begins when a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed. Marital assets will have to be divided equitably between the two parties.
Elements of a Divorce in Florida
Many other factors will have to be discussed including the timing of filing bankruptcy and divorce (where applicable). Alimony will be decided based on the standard of living of the couple during marriage, the length of their marriage and the health conditions of each member. Child custody and child support are also two important topics that will have to be discussed. If the divorcing couple cannot come to a mutual agreement on these two factors, the court will take into consideration other factors and take the decision making into his or her own hands.
My office can help you through the divorce process. At Charles E. Willmott, P.A., I know the documents you will need and can help you determine your household budget. I am prepared to discuss how a divorce will alter other factors, such as your taxes and marital debts. These are important factors that must be closely examined.
If you require assistance during this time, my firm can help safeguard your rights. Call (904) 849-5183 today to schedule your free consultation.