Orlando Divorce Attorney Jessica Lowe specializes in contested and uncontested divorces. The death of a marriage is never planned and can be one of the most difficult and daunting processes in a person’s life, especially when there are children involved. Attorney Lowe takes pride in this area of her practice and is committed to making timely investigations into each case in order to provide accurate information to the parties and the court for efficient resolution of each case.
Dissolution of Marriage in Florida
Florida is a No-fault state. This means that it does matter whose “fault” the divorce is, and fault will not be a factor in the distribution of assets, unless it can be shown that a party dissipated a marital asset for non-marital purpose. A couple only need to state that their marriage is irretrievably broken to obtain a divorce. There is no requirement that the couple live separate and apart for a period of time prior to receiving a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, however, at least one of the parties to a divorce in Florida must have been a Florida resident for at least 6 months prior to the date of filing a divorce.
Before you decide to end your marriage, you should make sure that you have tried all possible ways to save it. If you need professional help with the health of your marriage, please consult with a marriage counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, minister, priest, rabbi or other qualified person.
A contested divorce is a divorce in which the parties do not agree on certain terms of the divorce, whether that be division of property, spousal support/alimony or custody of children. If a matter is contested, the issues will be presented to a Judge who will decide the distribution of assets and custody of the children.
An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which the parties agree on all terms of their divorce and have entered into a Marital Settlement Agreement which solemnizes the parties’ agreement with respect to their assets, child, child support, alimony, etc. The Marital Settlement Agreement will be incorporated into a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage at a short Final Judgment Hearing.
The parties of each divorce case are required to attend mediation before seeking resolution of their case in the courtroom. If you have been served with paperwork, please note that you only have 20 days to Answer the Petition for Dissolution before the other party can have a default entered against you, so do not delay in taking legal action to preserve your rights.
Contact Jessica Langley Lowe, P.A. today at 352-404-4076