Orlando Divorce Attorneys
At the law firm of Longwell Lawyers we have Orlando divorce attorneys that understand the emotional and financial impact a divorce can have on an individual’s life. This can be a time period in your life where you are questioning whether or not it is worth saving your marriage, if the situation is emotionally tolerable anymore, or if you are better off living with or without your spouse. Our goal in representing our client is to try and ease this emotional process as much as possible, to protect our client financially, and to assist our client in improving their family lifestyle with a reasonable resolution. We are here to provide you with a truthful assessment of the possibilities involved in your case, and as experienced family law attorneys we prepare for our cases as if they were to be aggressively litigated, but in the best interest of our clients, always keeping in mind the opportunity to settle all matters fairly. Involving a knowledgeable Orlando family law attorney as soon as possible in the divorce process is one of the best ways to preserve your own long-term financial and emotional health.
Grounds for Divorce / Dissolution of Marriage
The legal term in the State of Florida for divorce is Dissolution of Marriage. In the State of Florida there are only two (2) requirements to obtain a Dissolution of Marriage: one person has been a resident in the State of Florida for six (6) months prior to filing the dissolution of marriage with the court and that one of the parties believes that the marriage is irretrievably broken. A Dissolution of Marriage is a judicial decree by which the bonds of marriage and the legal duties are dissolved. The State of Florida is considered a “no fault” state; either party may obtain a divorce, even if the other spouse does not consent to the divorce. In essence, there is no necessity to go into detail as to why there has been a break-down in the marriage, a vague statement to the court as to why the parties can no longer exist as husband and wife is usually sufficient.
Types of Divorce
Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage
There are two different types of divorces: An Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage and a Contested Dissolution of Marriage. An uncontested dissolution of marriage is where the parties are in agreement in reference to the marriage being irretrievably broken, and have resolved all other issues. An experienced attorney can help you determine if you qualify for an uncontested dissolution of marriage, as there are specific requirements that must be met. In the event the parties are unable to qualify or reach an agreement for an uncontested dissolution of marriage, a contested divorce exists.
Dispute Resolutions and Contested Divorces
When a contested divorce exists, then the typical issues that must be resolved are:
- Property Division
- Equitable Distribution of any assets and debts
- Alimony or spousal support
If there any children that were born or adopted of the marriage, then:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
After the dissolution of marriage has been filed with the court, but prior to trial, the parties can seek alternate dispute resolutions, and in most cases shall be ordered to attend mediation in order to try and resolve their issues amicably. Alternate Dispute Resolutions and Mediation can be helpful as: (1) they can be less expensive than litigating your case at trial; (2) there is less emotional stress involved; (3) provide a faster resolution, and; (4) they also can help preserve the relationship of the parties, especially when they have children in common. We at Longwell Lawyers like to emphasize to our clients that mediation is an opportunity for the parties to have control over their future. It allows them to make their own decisions regarding their life, and the well-being of their children. Mediation also can provide parties the ability to construct solutions that are creative and outside the authority of the courts.
In the event the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding the issues involved in their dissolution of marriage, then the matters shall be heard at trial and the decision regarding property, alimony, equitable distribution, and the best interest of the children shall be made by a family law judge.