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Whether your divorce situation requires aggressive representation or a more harmonious approach, we will help you resolve everything as quickly and with as little drama as possible.
At The Law Firm of Steven W. Bowden, we understand that divorce is one of the most difficult things our clients and their children will ever experience. We work to help our clients avoid feelings of frustration and helplessness by educating them about the divorce process. Before you and your spouse can get divorced, you will need to resolve several issues, which can happen through negotiation, mediation or litigation. Our firm can help you protect your rights and interests in the resolution of key issues.
Florida is a no fault divorce state, which means that one or both parties may choose to end the marriage and may file for divorce to terminate the marital contract. There does not need to be a reason for a no-fault divorce.
The Law Firm of Steven W. Bowden can help you navigate through the legal system quickly and efficiently, and will help you reach an agreement that is acceptable for both parties.
Grounds for Divorce
There are two grounds for Florida divorce:
- The marriage is irretrievably broken, meaning it is not likely that the marriage can be saved. In most cases, the court will grant divorce if a husband and wife state their marriage is irretrievably broken. However, in some cases, a judge may order the couple to undergo marriage counseling before granting the divorce.
- Mental incapacity of one of the spouses for at least three years.
Basic Steps of a Divorce
There are four basic steps to dissolution of marriage in the state of Florida. A spouse who wishes to file for divorce must first file a petition with the circuit court. He or she must notify his or her spouse of the filing. Full financial disclosure must be made and both spouses must attend a divorce hearing.
The steps sound simple, however, the process is rarely that easy. The law gets complicated when it comes to other matters such as spousal support, child support and custody, distribution of assets, etc.
The process of getting a divorce is much more complicated when children, under the age of 18, are involved.
When there are minors involved, the court may require the parents to attend a parenting course and provide a parenting plan. In cases where the spouses do not agree on the terms of divorce (referred to as contested divorce), the matter will have to be resolved through negotiations in the court system.
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