At the law firm of Longwell Lawyers we have
Orlando divorce attorneys that understand the emotional and financial impact a divorce can have
on an individual's life. This can be a time period in your life where
you are questioning whether or not it is worth saving your marriage, if
the situation is emotionally tolerable anymore, or if you are better off
living with or without your spouse.
Our goal in representing our client is to try and ease this emotional process
as much as possible, to protect our client financially, and to assist
our client in improving their family lifestyle with a reasonable resolution.
We are here to provide you with a truthful assessment of the possibilities
involved in your case, and as experienced family law attorneys we prepare
for our cases as if they were to be aggressively litigated, but in the
best interest of our clients, always keeping in mind the opportunity to
settle all matters fairly.
Involving a knowledgeable
Orlando family law attorney as soon as possible in the divorce process is one of the best ways to
preserve your own long-term financial and emotional health.
Grounds for Divorce / Dissolution of Marriage
The legal term in the State of Florida for divorce is
Dissolution of Marriage. In the State of Florida there are only two (2) requirements to obtain
a Dissolution of Marriage: one person has been a resident in the State
of Florida for six (6) months prior to filing the dissolution of marriage
with the court and that one of the parties believes that the marriage
is irretrievably broken. A Dissolution of Marriage is a judicial decree
by which the bonds of marriage and the legal duties are dissolved. The
State of Florida is considered a "no fault" state; either party
may obtain a divorce, even if the other spouse does not consent to the
divorce. In essence, there is no necessity to go into detail as to why
there has been a break-down in the marriage, a vague statement to the
court as to why the parties can no longer exist as husband and wife is
Types of Divorce
Uncontested Dissolution of Marriage
There are two different types of divorces: An Uncontested Dissolution of
Marriage and a Contested Dissolution of Marriage. An uncontested dissolution
of marriage is where the parties are in agreement in reference to the
marriage being irretrievably broken, and have resolved all other issues.
An experienced attorney can help you determine if you qualify for an uncontested
dissolution of marriage, as there are specific requirements that must
be met. In the event the parties are unable to qualify or reach an agreement
for an uncontested dissolution of marriage, a contested divorce exists.
Dispute Resolutions and Contested Divorces
When a contested divorce exists, then the typical issues that must be resolved are:
- Property Division
- Equitable Distribution of any assets and debts
- Alimony or spousal support
If there any children that were born or adopted of the marriage, then:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
After the dissolution of marriage has been filed with the court, but prior
to trial, the parties can seek alternate dispute resolutions, and in most
cases shall be ordered to attend mediation in order to try and resolve
their issues amicably. Alternate Dispute Resolutions and Mediation can
be helpful as: (1) they can be less expensive than litigating your case
at trial; (2) there is less emotional stress involved; (3) provide a faster
resolution, and; (4) they also can help preserve the relationship of the
parties, especially when they have children in common. We at Longwell
Lawyers like to emphasize to our clients that mediation is an opportunity
for the parties to have control over their future. It allows them to make
their own decisions regarding their life, and the well-being of their
children. Mediation also can provide parties the ability to construct
solutions that are creative and outside the authority of the courts.
In the event the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding the
issues involved in their dissolution of marriage, then the matters shall
be heard at trial and the decision regarding property, alimony, equitable
distribution, and the best interest of the children shall be made by a
family law judge.