If you are contemplating a divorce or have been served with a petition for dissolution of marriage, you need to think about the short term and long term security of you and your children. Divorce can be an emotional and volatile event and you need a competent, qualified and experienced divorce attorney working for you. You may find that you have more questions than answers:
- How much child support should I expect to receive or should I expect to pay?
- What about spousal support or alimony?
- Who will get custody of the children? How will this be determined?
- What will happen to our property and investments?
- How do you defend yourself in a divorce proceeding?
- What are the Tax implications of a divorce?
- What if my ex is planning on relocating to another city or state with the children?
Here at Parra Harris Law, we have over 25 years of combined experience and we handle all aspects of divorce and family law litigation issues including:
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Property Division
We are happy to sit down with you and have a confidential family law consultation. We can help guide you through the immediate issues and help you put together a plan to meet the needs of you and your family.
Florida is a “no fault” state. This means you do not have to prove “fault” to get a divorce – e.g. adultery, abandonment, neglect, alienation of affection, etc. You also do not have to wait to file for divorce or have a certain period of separation.
The grounds for a divorce in Florida follow Florida Statute, Chapter 61.052:
- The marriage is irretrievably broken or
- One of the spouses suffers mental incapacity
One of the parties must reside in Florida for a minimum of six months before filing for a petition for dissolution. However, there is no requirement that the couples live separate for a period of time prior to finalizing their dissolution.
Parra Harris Law will help you take necessary steps to pick up the pieces and get your life back in order.
Types of Florida Divorce
Uncontested – A divorce in which the parties agree on all of the terms of their divorce as to child custody or timesharing, division of assets and debts, alimony, child support and other children’s expenses, attorney’s fees, etc. That agreement will be incorporated into a Consent Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.
Contested – A divorce where the parties do not agree on certain terms of the divorce. In a contested divorce the matters will be presented to a judge who will decide on the disputed matters.
Simple – A simple divorce has particular requirements and the divorcing parties will meet with a judge to testify as to meeting the requirements and petition for the divorce.
Default – A default divorce takes place when one party does not respond to the petition for divorce. Once that takes place the court can enter a default judgment for the petitioner.
At Parra Harris Law, we will advise you as to what is right for your situation. We can make sure that your process is just and your rights are protected.