Divorce can be emotionally devastating. No one enters into a marriage with an expectation that it may end at some point. The unfortunate truth, however, is that things do not always work out for married couples. While you may currently be feeling depressed, frustrated, and unsure of where to go from here, the truth is that you need to consider your future. After your situation is resolved you will start a new phase of your life and it is important that you do so in as good a position as possible. Lindsey Sharp and Deborah Dye are Melbourne contested divorce lawyers assisting Brevard County, Florida residents with the process. They understand this is a stressful time for you. Our firm offers effective and affordable legal services so you can move forward. Contact us today to speak with an attorney.
Melbourne divorce attorneys providing effective & affordable services
Divorces come in many shapes, sizes, and involve many types of issues. Your case may involve the division of marital property, alimony, disputes regarding child custody, or even accusations of violence which require a temporary protective order. It is important that you consider your future regardless of which particular issue you face. People often feel distraught during a marriage dissolution and then make bad choices out of a desire to quickly resolve the matter. Such choices may include paying excessive support, not receiving enough support, or making bad decisions regarding your children. Hiring a qualified lawyer can help you facilitate the process while ensuring that matters are handled as expediently as possible.
One can file for divorce in Florida if either they or their spouse have lived in the state for at least the last six months. Ours is a “no fault” divorce state which allows people to end a marriage which is “irretrievably broken.” You will be required to go through the contested divorce process if there are any disagreements as to how issues should be resolved. If there are no disagreements then you may file for an uncontested divorce.
The first step in a Florida case is to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This is a formal document in which one lays out the reasons for divorce. This document will be served on the defendant and they must respond within twenty days. After the response is issued then the spouses will typically attend a mediation to attempt to resolve the case. If a resolution cannot be reached then one’s lawyer can file a Motion for Temporary Relief. This Motion allows the Court to put a short-term arrangement in place regarding child custody, support, etc. The discovery process (which is how information is gained from the other side) will then be used to acquire information needed for trial. Counsel will then file a Notice so that your case will be set for trial. A family law trial will be heard by a Judge, and not a jury, and you will be provided with a decision on all issues shortly after trial ends.
Our Melbourne divorce lawyers assist Brevard County area residents with the process. They will use your initial consultation to identify the important issues and will work to quickly file your initial pleadings. As your case progresses the discovery process will be used to acquire financial records, email correspondence, phone records, and other evidence necessary in a trial over finances and who will care for the child. Lindsey and Deborah return all phone calls within a business day, ensure that their clients receive copies of all pleadings, and use special software so that people may obtain copies of their court records at any time. Our firm strives to provide a quality experience while offering aggressive representation. Contact our office today to speak with a divorce attorney.
Brevard County lawyers providing affordable divorce services
Few areas of law cause the level of stress involved in a divorce case. You do not need to have this stress worsened by wondering how you will pay for your case. Our firm is typically able to offer modified payment arrangements and we handle most matters for set flat fees. This means that you will have an idea of what your case will cost and can focus your energies towards getting your life back on track. We will focus on divorce and family law so you may focus on the future. In addition to Melbourne our lawyers also services clients in the Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.