Couples going through a divorce in Florida should take heed of a recent rating. According to the author, Florida fares among the worst states in terms of the cost and time it takes to get a divorce.
As in any divorce, the process begins with the divorce filing. After service of process, a number of court dates and deadlines will be triggered. Yet according to the article, the minimum time for getting a divorce in Florida is 200 days.
Where possible, our Florida family law firm works to negotiate settlements on the issues needed to finalize a divorce, outside of the court’s involvement. These issues include dividing marital property and debts, determining if spousal support is needed, devising a child custody and visitation agreement, and understanding child support obligations. Any agreements reached can be presented to the court for final approval.
Our approach to divorce often saves clients both time and money. However, any issues not resolved by the parties’ agreement may need to go before the judge for a final decision. Although fault is no longer a ground for divorce in Florida, this issue may come up when presenting one or more contested divorce issues to the judge. For example, a party may raise the issue of fault in the context of spousal support.
Our bottom line is cost-effective legal representation. We understand that divorce can be an emotionally draining experience for our clients. We work hard to minimize conflicts in an efficient manner. At the same time, we have extensive experience going before the court in divorce cases. If our clients need strong advocacy in court, we have the experience to provide it.
Source: Cheat Sheet, “The Best (and Worst) States for Getting a Divorce,” Srividya Kalyanaraman, Feb. 8, 2017