Orlando Divorce Lawyer
Getting a divorce is one of the most complex things that you’ll ever do in your life – certainly from a legal perspective at the very least. Which is why when you’re preparing for a divorce, you need an advocate on your side who knows the laws and how to navigate them, as well as how to best advocate for you. At the O’Mara Law Group, you can trust our Orlando divorce lawyers. Call us today to get started.
Grounds and Residency Requirements for a Divorce
Most people in Florida file for a divorce on no-fault grounds. This means that a petitioner is claiming the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage rather than the fault of their spouse. It is also possible to file for a divorce based on the metal incapacity of one party, but this is very uncommon.
In addition to identifying the grounds on which you’ll file for a divorce, you’ll also need to make sure you satisfy the state’s residency requirements for a divorce. In Florida, you must have resided in the state for at least six months before filing for a divorce.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in Florida
Once you think you’re ready to file for a divorce, you’ll also need to determine whether your divorce is contested or uncontested. If a divorce is contested, this means that you and your spouse are not in agreement about how to resolve issues in the divorce. On the other hand, if your divorce is uncontested, this means you and your spouse are in agreement about how the divorce should be settled. Uncontested divorces are less expensive, and are also settled more quickly as they avoid litigation. If you and your spouse do have a contested divorce, you should consider mediation before filing your divorce papers.
Issues to Resolve in a Divorce
Before a divorce can be settled, a number of issues in the divorce must be resolved first. These include:
- How property will be divided;
- Where shared children will live;
- What the maintenance and support obligations of each parent will be (child support, spousal support); and
- How debts will be split.
Couples are encouraged to work together to resolve these issues. If they are unable to reach an agreement on their own, they may need to turn to a judge during a divorce trial. Divorce trials can be contentious, expensive, and emotionally challenging. What’s more, because the outcome of a divorce trial is nearly impossible to predict, it is almost always recommended to attempt to reach a resolution about a divorce with a partner outside of court whenever possible.
Call the O’Mara Law Group Today
At the O’Mara Law Group, we know that when you are thinking about a divorce, you have a lot on your plate. From making tough decisions about where you’ll live and how you’ll tell your family to navigating the law, filing your divorce paperwork, splitting property, and more can all be confusing and overwhelming. To help you through what may be the hardest thing you ever do, call our experienced Florida divorce lawyers directly today.