Florida is a “no-fault” divorce state, the only thing an individual must allege is that the marriage is “irretrievably broken”. In plain language this means that the marriage is completely over and the parties no longer want to be together. Additionally, one of the spouses must live in Florida for at least six months before one can file for divorce. There are two different kinds of divorce in Florida uncontested divorces and contested divorces. An “uncontested divorce” is when both parties agree to every issue and term in a divorce case and the parties can immediately expedite there case to final judgment. A “contested divorce” is when the parties argue or litigate over any issue in a case, such as, child support, child custody, equitable distribution of property, alimony or any issue in the case. A contested divorce may ultimately require mediation and/or a trial in said case. There are many issues in a divorce proceeding that one must consider and one should seek the advice of experience family law attorney.
When an individual is considering getting a divorce or is presented with the news that his or her spouse wants a divorce, many unsettling and difficult questions arise that may throw one’s life into uncertainty. As one would suspect, getting divorced is usually much more complicated than getting married. Some marriages can be resolved without the involvement of an attorney” but when there are children, significant assets, or issues that cannot be agreed upon, retaining a competent and experienced divorce attorney is certainly advisable.
Many Issues to Deal With
When a marriage is going to be dissolved legally, a number of issues surface. Beyond the emotional strife that may be experienced, an individual considering a divorce will have to deal with questions such as:
- How will living arrangements change” for me, my spouse, and our children?]
- Should I leave the marital home?
- How will we divide our incomes and assets?
- Do I need spousal support? Or, will I have to pay spousal support?
- What about our joint debts? Our joint credit cards and bank accounts?
- I suspect that my spouse is hiding assets; what can I do?
- What are the tax consequences of getting divorced?
- My spouse is abusive; what are my rights?
- Can our issues be settled by mediation or negotiation, or do I have to go to court?
Divorce and Your Children
If you have children, their best interests are of paramount importance to the family courts in Florida. Divorce can adversely affect the lifestyle and emotional equilibrium of children, but with the help of a caring and skilled family law attorney such as Michael Raheb, the impact of your divorce on your children can be minimized to the greatest degree possible. Issues affecting your children can include:
- Living arrangements
- School, religion and health matters
- Visitation by the non-custodial parent
- Financial support” including present and future support (e.g., for college)
- Grandparent visitation
Michael Raheb, Divorce Attorney
Getting divorced can require a major revision of your life. Whether you are seeking the divorce or your spouse has initiated the dissolution, many areas of your life together and as ex-spouses must be dealt with. Michael Raheb’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law, including:
- Division of assets, debts, retirement benefits, and pensions
- Dealing with a contested prenuptial agreement
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Enforcement and modification of support and custody orders
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Domestic violence
- Post-judgment modification of the divorce decree
A divorce can be an uncertain and difficult time for any individual. Attorney Michael M. Raheb has many years of counseling clients in the process of divorce, and he can help you through this difficult time. Contact our offices to arrange a private and complimentary consultation to discuss your concerns. We look forward to helping you.