If you hire us, we will apprise of your rights involving your divorce. Depending on your circumstances, your divorce can end rather quickly, or can take a while to complete. In the state of Florida, there are 3 types of divorces.
Uncontested Divorce: One party must have been a resident of Florida for at least 6 consecutive months (for subject matter jurisdiction to be present). Once one party serves the other party divorce documents, the responding party's response will admit everything alleged in the "Petition for dissolution of Marriage." More often than not, there are a handful of other documents accompanying the answer, in which the responding party (Respondent) will waive his or right to be present at the Final Hearing and will just request a copy of the Final Judgment. Everything is agreed to, including but not limited to: Division of Marital Assets, Child Support, Child Custody (time-sharing), Alimony, etc.
Contested Divorce: When we are dealing with a contested divorce, one party (the petitioner) will serve the other party divorce documents. Once the Respondent is served, he or she will respond accordingly to the allegations raised in the petition. The Respondent also has the opportunity to file what is called a "Counter-Petition." The answer and counter-petition must be filed simultaneously and within 20 days of being served (not counting the day served).
Pinellas County Divorce Attorney
Different types of divorces
Secondary issues involved in divorces
Child Support- Pretty straightforward, as this number is determined by a calculation (Child Support Guidelines Worksheet.) The number of overnights each parent will have, in addition to the parties' net income, will have the biggest impact on who pays and how much.
Time-sharing/Custody- The child's best interest standard applies. This is totally up to the judges, as their factors determine questions revolving around time-sharing.
Alimony- There are 6 types of alimony present. Depending on the length of marriage (short, long and moderate term), the need of the requesting party and the obligor's ability to pay will determine what alimony award (if any) will be granted.
Marital Assets/Liabilities- Depending on when the parties acquired their assets/liabilities, will dictate who is awarded what is requested.