Divorce presents a series of obstacles in a person’s family life and can raise many questions, such as “do I really need a Miami divorce attorney?” The truth is that everyone has much at stake when they seek a divorce, both financially and emotionally, and many opportunities present themselves to roadblock smooth discourse. There are several requirements that must be met to ensure the divorce can progress and finalize. An experienced attorney is able to aid you in completing and filing all the right documents, pleadings, and motions as well as represent you in court.
If you try to represent yourself, you will likely struggle to learn in just a few weeks what an attorney like Stephen H. Butter has dedicated 50 years. You stand to lose more than what you thought you would by avoiding attorney’s fees and expenses. In this trying time in your life, give yourself the benefit of hiring a competent divorce attorney.
When considering divorce, it is important to understand the basic requirements of pleadings, motions, and notices of court hearings.
How long do I need to be a Florida resident to file for divorce?
To file for a divorce or “dissolution of marriage” in Florida, you must be a resident of the Sunshine State for at least 6 months before the petition for dissolution is filed. Proof of your residency fulfills the residency requirement.
What are Florida grounds for divorce requirements?
Florida is one of several states that is a pure “no fault” state, which means that the divorce is not based on traditional grounds such as adultery, abandonment, or cruelty. A reason for the divorce is still required. Usually the reason is that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
How is property divided in a Florida divorce?
Florida is what is called an equitable distribution state, meaning that the court strives to divide marital property evenly in a manner that is fair and just. Nonmarital assets are separated from marital assets, as only the marital assets are considered for division. This is just one area where a divorce attorney in Florida can help the divorcing couple mediate before the property division is decided by a judge.
What about child custody in Florida?
In a divorce or paternity situation, the state initially determines that it is best for a child to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents; however, this is a very general approach that is further tailored by your family law attorney and the court to suit the needs of your situation. Whenever possible, the judge will want to support joint custody arrangements.
Does Florida have any laws regarding child support?
All states require both parents to support their children following a divorce. The amount of child support received by the custodial, or “majority time-sharing” parent primarily depends on each parent’s income; but the amount of time he or she spends with the children is also considered. These are determined by the Florida Child Support Guidelines.
During this stressful time, you need the best legal divorce guidance Aventura has to offer. Attorney Stephen H. Butter has been practicing family law in South Florida since 1965 and has been a member of the Florida Bar Association for over 50 years. Reach out to him at (305)333-7159 for a free initial consultation.