Matters that require a family attorney can often be stressful, emotional and confusing. A capable attorney can help you understand and protect your rights.
Divorce is a transition that affects every aspect of your life from timesharing and division of assets to spousal and child support. Although divorce proceedings can feel overwhelming at times, the right attorney brings compassion to your matter. At the Kendrick Law Group, we strive to assist you in achieving financial and emotional stability. We are with you every step of the way to explain all the unfamiliar legal issues surrounding your divorce.
Divorce in Florida
A divorce is described legally as the “dissolution of marriage,” wherein the marriage agreement is disbanded. To achieve a divorce in the state of Florida, the parties involved must satisfy two requirements:
- Acknowledgement that Florida is a “no-fault” divorce state. This means that the party seeking the divorce does not have to provide any rationale for the divorce. This party, commonly referred to as the plaintiff or petitioner, only need plead that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
- One of the parties must reside in Florida for at least six monthsprior to filing a petition for dissolution of marriage. This initiates the legal process toward acquiring a divorce.
Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, is the continuance of mutual support the financially stable spouse provides to the financially instable spouse for financial security. It is discretionary and will not be granted unless the court makes a specific factual determination as to whether either party has a need for alimony or whether the other party has the ability to pay it, Fla. Stat. § 61.08(2). There are different types of alimony awards dependent upon a range of factors.
The collaborative process is an alternative, non-adversarial option to consider when going through a divorce. It is an out-of-court method that involves the help of an attorney and other collaborative professionals to help resolve marital issues peacefully and without the intervention of the court. Often, couples who choose the collaborative process maintain the privacy of the families involved, create a mutually beneficial parenting plan when children are involved, and empower themselves to maintain control over outcome of their case.
At the Kendrick Law Group, our trained Collaborative Practitioner can help you resolve your divorce outside the court setting in an amicable way that protects the interests of all parties involved.
Whether involved in the collaborative process or in a contested divorce, the Kendrick Law Group is here for you. To learn more about how our experienced family attorneys can assist you in your divorce proceedings, contact us today.