ST. PETERSBURG DIVORCE/FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY
Address: St. Petersburg, FL 33711 Phone Numbers- 727-864-6354
Fax Number- 727-498-5510
St. Petersburg, FL Divorce Attorney
As your divorce attorney servicing the Tampa, Florida area, it is important you hire an attorney that is well versed in the area of divorce law. Divorce law can be complicated, and if you do not have a competent attorney, you could be in a world of trouble. Divorces can fall under any of the following categories: Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, and Simplified Divorce. Remember, that in order to get divorced in the state of Florida, one party must have been a resident of Florida for at least 6 months (to meet their subject matter jurisdiction requirement). We have been servicing the Pinellas County area for 4+ years, and have many satisfied clients.
An uncontested divorce usually occurs when you have two individuals who may or may not have children, and/or property. There are a pleothera of issues that can come up in divorces like this such as child support, child custody/time-sharing, alimony, equitable distribution, etc. This process is usually intiated by one party filing what is known as a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage” action, in which they serve the other party. The respondent, known as the responding party will have 20 days, but in these types of matters, will usually sign an answer, waiver and request a copy of the Final Judgment, as he/she will agree on all terms proposed, or perhaps agreed to. This is arguably the cheapest and easiest way to obtain a divorce, alongside the simplified dissolution of marriage matter.
A contested divorce, is exactly what it sounds like. It is when you have two individuals who are fighting over some aspect of their divorce. It could be maybe one of a handful of issues, or it could be every issue. For example, if you have a situation, where you have mom and dad, who have two children, and have accumulated a lot during the marriage, there may be many issues that present themselves during a divorce. You have issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution (property division/debt division), amongst other things. Usually the petitioner initiates the action, and the respondent will have 20 days to respond. Once the Respondent responds, then the Court will recommend that each party take a parenting course (if the parties have children). Mediation will be next, once both parties have their financial affidavits filed. The process can be never ending, as motions will be filed left and right, regarding a number of temporary issues. It is important to hire a skilled attorney to help fight for you.
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