Answering Your Divorce Questions
Divorce is a complex process and can seem overwhelming. You may feel unsure about where to start. It is important to hire a family law attorney who can guide you through the different steps involved and work to protect your best interests. At Saunders Law Group in Lakeland and Bartow, FL, we are happy to answer all of your divorce questions. Our board-certified attorneys, Thomas C. Saunders and K.C. Bouchillond, can assist you with all aspects of your divorce, including alimony, child support, custody issues, and dividing your assets. We have compiled a list of questions our divorce clients frequently ask us. To find out more about the family law services we offer, you can contact our firm online or call (863) 533-6200 to speak to a member of our team today.
How Much Does a Divorce Cost?
The cost of your divorce will vary based on a range of factors. In general, a collaborative divorce is less expensive than one where we go to court. The more you and your spouse agree on issues such as division of property and child support, the quicker your divorce and the lower your fees will be. However, in the case of a contested divorce that requires more back and forth, you will likely pay more in court and legal fees.
How Long Will It Take to Get Divorced?
As with the cost of divorce, a main factor in the length of your divorce proceedings is how much you and your spouse agree. How long it takes you to come to an agreement will affect how long it takes for you to finish the divorce process. Other factors can also impact the length of your divorce, including residency and separation requirements and court-mandated waiting periods.
Do I Need to Prove My Spouse Was at Fault for Our Divorce?
Florida is a no-fault state. There are two grounds for divorce: irreconcilable differences and mental incapacity. If you claim mental incapacity on the part of your spouse, you will need additional documentation to prove the truth of your claim.
Do I Have to Pay Spousal Support?
In general, the court awards alimony, or spousal support, if one spouse earns significantly less than the other. The court will take many factors into account when determining whether to award alimony and how much to give.
Do I Have to Go to Court?
In many cases, you can handle your divorce out of the courtroom through a process known as collaborative divorce. During a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse discuss issues such as custody and visitation rights and create a divorce agreement. In these cases, the only aspect of the divorce handled in court is the final judicial approval of your agreement. However, in the case of a contested divorce, you will likely need to go to court.
Having an attorney who understands family law and can help you navigate all the steps involved is a good way to protect your best interests.
What Happens If I Cannot Find My Spouse?
If you are unable to locate your spouse to serve the divorce papers, you can ask the court to perfect service by publication. You will need to place an ad in the paper or use another source to attempt to inform your spouse of the impending divorce. Saunders Law Group can help you achieve this process or prove to the court you did your due diligence if the publication is unsuccessful.
When Can I Remarry?
You are required to wait until the court files a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage before you can remarry.
Do I Really Need a Divorce Attorney?
Divorce is a complicated legal proceeding. When you involve children or complex assets, the process becomes even more difficult. Having an attorney who understands family law and can help you navigate all the steps involved is a good way to protect your best interests.
Contact Us Today
If you are considering a divorce, the team at Saunders Law Group is here for you. We understand how much stress and emotion is involved in a divorce. While we specialize in collaborative divorce, we are also willing to take your case to court to ensure you achieve the best results possible for you and your family. For more information about our divorce services, call (863) 533-6200 or contact our firm online today.
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