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The legal team and staff at The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, PA specialize in various areas of family law, including the following:
- Equitable Distribution
- Child Support
- Parenting Plans
If you and/or your spouse are considering filing for divorce, or if you recently have been served an official “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage”, then contact an experienced divorce attorney in Stuart, Florida for legal help, guidance, and representation.
Dissolution of Marriage in Florida: The Process
Filing for Divorce in Florida
The process of filing and processing a divorce through the legal system can vary depending on the state. In the State of Florida, one or both parties can file a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage”.
Contested vs. Uncontested
When both parties agree to file for divorce, this is known as an uncontested divorce. In many uncontested divorce cases, divorce can be filed and processed within 30 days of the filing date, as long as both parties agree.
However, in a contested divorce, when one party doesn’t agree to the divorce or the stipulations outlined in the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage paperwork, then this case can become complex and sometimes ugly.
Although parties can file and get a divorce without an attorney, depending on the circumstances of each party’s situation or the case itself, this might not be in the best interests of one or both parties. If you are considering filing for divorce without an attorney to cut legal costs, then this may end up costing you more in the long run.
Finances are always discussed for the purposes of the dissipation of assets and liabilities. This essentially refers to dividing assets, which refer to any marital assets incurred or purchased during the length of the marriage as well as any debts. Marital assets can include vehicles, properties, and even cash.
As a result, it’s important for parties to have their financial documents and paperwork in order prior to walking into any courtroom. In the legal world, we refer to these financial documents as “financial disclosure”, and it is one of the most important elements in a divorce. Financial disclosure can include paperwork related to the following:
- Children (such as medical or daycare expenses)
- Health insurance
- Tax returns
- Any relevant pending claims (such as personal injury, workers’ compensation, or bankruptcy suits/actions)
By working with an experienced and qualified divorce attorney in Stuart, Florida, you can protect yourself and your assets in the event of filing for divorce.
Unfortunately, many clients make the grave mistake assuming that all marital assets are divided 50/50. However, 50/50 is only a starting point.
There are many factors and circumstances that go into determining how marital assets and liabilities are divided. This is another reason why preparing and organizing financial disclosure is so important.
By working with an experienced divorce attorney, you are in a better position to walk away from your marriage with what is rightfully yours.
How The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker Can Help
At the Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, we understand that no two clients or divorces are alike. From a simple dissolution of marriage to more complex divorces, our team handles all types of cases, including the following:
- Child support and custody
- Equitable distribution
- Tangible and intangible assets
- Prenuptial agreements
- Postnuptial agreements
- Temporary relief
Through mediation, hearings, and trials, we represent clients diligently and effectively. We work to ensure our client receives their deserved rights and benefits. Contact our legal team today for a free consultation.